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This incomplete color film with opening and closing titles missing offers an educational look at breast exam procedures in a doctor’s office, as well as instructions for performing a self-exam at home (TRT: 7:56). It likely dates to the late 1950s/early 1960s as it predates the use of mammography. Modern mammography methods were developed late in the 1960s and first officially recommended by the American Cancer Society in 1976.  The first completely dedicated mammography unit was developed...
Topics: 1960s, Physical, Breast Exam, Physician Training, Breast Cancer, Detection, Medical Film, Stock...
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Dating to 1929 and released by Cine Art, "Uncle Si and the Sirens" is a hilarious short film that mixes the excitement of the era's most hi-tech and revolutionary technology — television — with unclothed girls. This type of "nudie cutie" film was fairly common in the era, and Cine Art specialized in releasing these kind of titles. The plot of this film is more complex than most (they typically featured artists models and zero plot). Here, a farmer named Uncle Si sits at...
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Topics: Uncle Si, 1929, Nudie Cutie, Short Film, Television Base Plot, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Created in 1959 by MGM for American Motors Corporation, AMERICA THE AUTOMOIBLE AGE was written by Robert C. Bennett and directed by David Monahan. This sprawling publicity piece to promote the brand, traces the history of the automobile in the United States. WWI auto and truck construction is seen at the 8:00 mark, and WWII production at the 23:30 mark. In between and especially towards the end the history of AMC is shown, with the 1960 Nash Rambler getting star treatment at about the 34 minute...
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Topics: American Motors, Automobile, Industrial Film, 1959, MGM, Stock Footage
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Shot by a member of combat camera named Edwin C. Udey who was tasked with making a documentary about the field treatment of wounded, this silent footage was taken during the Battle of Saipan in 1944. Unlike most of the censored footage you will see from WWII, this material from the combat zone is quite raw. It is hard to watch without becoming emotional, seeing so many brave, young men who have been subjected to the horrors of battle. At :28 a Marine examines a Japanese emplacement or hole and...
Topics: Raw Combat Footage, Saipan, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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This campy black & white educational film from 1953 is about Adolescent Development, aka teen sex education. It was likely made for education students or teachers, and produced to serve as a supplement by McGraw-Hill for the book "Adolescent Development" by Elizabeth B. Hurlock, Ph.D. This text, which attempted to provide a "complete and accurate picture of American adolescents and why they differ from adolescents in other cultures", is considered a classic in its field...
Topics: Adolescent Development, Dating, 1950s, Teenage Social Guidance Film. Sex Education, Stock Footage,...
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Made just after the Korean War and directed by Robert Cashy, this rarely seen film entitled THE ULTIMATE WEAPON presents Ronald Reagan as narrator and host, speaking about the alleged brainwashing of American prisoners of war. Similar in some ways to the plot of "The Manchurian Candidate", the film posits the question, "What can be done in my community to stop the growth of socialism and communism?" The film illustrates how a lack of moral fiber can lead average American...
Topics: North Korea, Brainwashing, Korean War, Ronald Reagan, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown U.S. Army cameraman named Staal, this color film is raw footage of American troops filmed during the Vietnam War in 1967.  At least some of it was shot in Tân Trụ, a rural district of Long An Province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. At the time Operation Concordia, a joint U.S. and South Vietnamese Army operation to root out the Viet Cong, was underway. Camera slate shows June 1967 (:07). American soldiers walk with some Vietnamese locals (:15). Soldier assists...
Topics: Vietnam War, Vietnam, Raw Footage, 1967, Tan Tru, Mekong, Delta US, Army Hospital, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market, this silent Castle Film shows the Royal Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, which took place on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom. The morning of the wedding, Philip had been made Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. Elizabeth, the elder daughter of King George VI and heir to the British throne, was coronated in 1953 following the death of her father.   We encourage viewers to add comments and,...
Topics: Royal Wedding, Elizabeth And Phillip, 1947, Wedding, Princess, Queen Elizabeth, Stock Footage,...
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This silent, color film is a home movie shot in the early 1950’s and shows views of the Old Tucson movie set, the Little Britches Rodeo, and the Tucson Rodeo Parade which is held every November. The film opens with beautiful desert imagery and large Saguaro cacti near Gate's Pass. The camera pans across the desert, across the mountains, and across a small village built as a movie set 1:00. A sign is shown. “Welcome to old Tucson. The Tucson Junior Chamber of Commerce has undertaken the...
Topics: 1950s, Home Movie, Tucson, Arizona, Rodeo Parade, Stock Footage
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This incredible 16mm silent film shows images of Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California (near today's Santa Monica Pier) including the Miss Muscle Beach Beauty Contest. The original Muscle Beach was just south of the SM Pier, and is credited as being the source of the fitness craze in the US.   Based on a bit of detective work we think this is the 1954 contest won by ravishing beauty Barbara Thomason whose victory was headlined in the papers as: “Blonde, 17, Chosen Muscle Beach Queen.”...
Topics: 1954, Santa Monica, California, 166mm, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown amateur filmmaker, this mid-1960s color home movie captures scenes from the life of a Hollywood husband and wife as they enjoy leisure time golfing, swimming, boating, visiting children at school, and vacationing in Gibraltar. Screen icons Julie Newmar (My Living Doll, Batman), Henry Silva (The Tall T, Johnny Cool, The Manchurian Candidate), and Jamie Farr (F Troop, M*A*S*H) make casual, candid appearances in bathing attire (TRT: 18:24). A woman uses a driver on a Southern...
Topics: 1960s, Hollywood, Home Movies, Julie, Newmar, Henry Silva, TV, Film Stars, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Dating to 1965, this documentary film "The Decision to Drop the Bomb" takes a look at the most difficult decision in President Harry Truman's term in office: the decision as to whether or not to use the newly-developed atomic bomb against Japan. The film was produced by Fred Freed for NBC-TV  and narrated by Chet Huntley. The film begins the moment that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dies in office. The new president, Harry S. Truman, has only served in office for a brief time....
Topics: Bomb, 1965, Chet Huntley, Hiroshima, Atomic Bomb, Stock Footage
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This color educational/inspirational film, "The Strangest Secret in the World" was produced by Jack Lieb Productions. It features motivational speaker Earl Nightingale sharing his secrets for success. It likely dates to the mid-1960s. Earl Nightingale was an American radio speaker and author, dealing mostly with the subjects of human character development, motivation, inspiration, and meaningful existence. He was also the voice during the early 1950s of Sky King, the hero of a radio...
Topics: Strangest Secret, Earl Nightmare, Motivational Film, Secret Of Success, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This mid-1970s documentary “A Look at Sound” is part of the “Life Around Us” series and was directed by Tom Spain, and narrated by Dan Ingram.  A man topples a tree with a chainsaw. Big Ben rings. A ballerina spins in a music box. A woman wearing a felt hat is part of a Princeton football crowd. A police car speeds past (1:10-3:01). Various decibel sound waves and examples are shown (3:16-3:48). A street noise barometer in Tokyo displays to traffic, including a Toyota 1000 (3:49-4:26)....
Topics: 1970, Physics of Sound, Magnetic Tape Recordings, Stock Footage
Created with footage shot by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, CAMPS OF THE DEAD is a graphic newsreel that shows concentration camps as they appeared to the liberating Allied armies in 1945. This silent version was one of two produced; the other sound version runs about 20 minutes.   Full of horrifying images that vividly show the baseless and vile nature of the Nazi death camps, it is hard to even begin to describe the images herein.   The idea that anyone would even consider denying the...
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Topics: Nazi Holocaust, Concentration Camps, Liberation, Footage, Stock Footage
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This documentary from 1961 is part of the ‘Biography’ series created in the 1960’s by David L. Wolper and narrated by Mike Wallace. This episode takes a look at Francisco Franco prior to, during and after the Spanish Civil War which took place from 1936 to 1939. Francisco Franco is pictured at (:39). Mike Wallace informs viewers Franco had ruled as a dictator for a quarter of a century (1:27). Spanish army troops are seen moving through the streets (2:11). Franco’s early youth is...
Topics: Biography, Generalissmo Francisco Franco, Spain, Spanish Civil War, 1961, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Hosted by Walter Cronkite, this fragmentary 1950s documentary is about the Chinese Civil War, between the Chinese Nationalist party – the Guomingdang (KMT) and the Chinese Communists (CCP), following the conclusion of WWII, and the war against the Japanese invasion of China, when the two sides were allied against a common enemy. It follows the Chinese Civil War to its conclusion in 1949 with the establishment of the People's Republic of China (the PRC ), and the evacuation of the KMT/ROC to...
Topics: 1950s, Chinese Civil War, Mao Zedong, Chiang Kai Shek, KMT, CCP Army, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market by World in Color Productions, this silent color newsreel shows the first full scale hydrogen bomb test at Enewetak, known as Ivy Mike. Various views of the test are seen, including aerial footage of the blasts.   Ivy Mike was the codename given to the first test of a full-scale thermonuclear device, in which part of the explosive yield comes from nuclear fusion. It was detonated on November 1, 1952 by the United States on Enewetak, an atoll in the Pacific Ocean, as...
Topics: First H- Bomb, Thermonuclear, Hydrogen Bomb Test, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII by Degeto, this silent newsreel shows the start of the Battle of Stalingrad in the summer of 1942. At :38 a tactical map shows the German army's advance from Rostov and the Caucuses towards the Don River and Stalingrad and Kalach. At :42, German artillery bombards Soviet positions. At 1:40 German officers use binoculars to spot the effect of the barrage. At 1:57 Soviet tanks are shown on fire on the outskirts of the city. At 2:15 a German armored...
Topics: 1942, German Newsreel, Battle Of Stalingrad, Barbarossa, Eastern Front, Stock Footage
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This black & white pilot training film is one of a series created by the U.S. Navy to familiarize pilots with the McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee aircraft. The F2H Banshee was a single-seat carrier-based jet fighter aircraft deployed by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps from 1948 to 1961. Two primary aircraft were built --  the F2H-1 and the more powerful F2H-2 which was equipped with the Westinghouse J34-WE-34. Versions of the F2H-2 included the nuclear capable F2H-2B, the night fighter F2H-2N,...
Topics: 1953, US Navy Pilot, Training Film. Jet Plane, F2h-2 Banshee aircraft System, Stock Footage,...
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Intended to train German fighter pilots, this silent WWII gun camera film shows Luftwaffe kills of Allied bomber aircraft. Almost all German and Allied fighters carried 16mm cameras to record and verify kills, and help improve overall tactics. They were often processed in the field and screened within a short time, both by intelligence officers and by air crews. The "flashes" in the footage indicate the use of tracer ammunition. The film starts with a card at (:08) that says...
Topics: German Gun Camera Footage, Luftwaffe Fighter Aces, Soviet Fighters, B 17 Bomber Aircraft, Stock...
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This short training film (TF-6746) covers the use of Terrain Following Radar (TFR) on a General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark. The film opens with a pilot flying an F-111 near some hills at a low elevation. The plane clears a hill, maintaining a relatively constant altitude over the earth. This is done using Terrain-Following Radar (TFR). The film shows the instrument panel of the TFR system (02:28). A shot from the cockpit shows an automated guiding image that helps the pilot with flight navigation....
Topics: General Dynamics, F-111 Weapon System, Terrain Following Radar, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color silent film footage was shot during the Vietnam War and shows day to day operations of members of the 9th Infantry Division ("Old Reliables"). All the material was filmed circa Spring, 1967 in and around the Mekong Delta. The footage gives a sense of the monotony of life for many soldiers during the Vietnam conflict. The newly reconstituted 9th ID arrived in South Vietnam on 16 December 1966 from Fort Riley, Kansas. The 9th was deployed in Dinh Tuong and Long An Provinces...
Topics: 1967, Vietnam War Dailies, Vietnam War, Vietnam, 9th infantry Division, Mekong Delta, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown American, this 16mm silent home movie shows a visit to Hawaii and in particular Honolulu and its environs. It dates from the pre-war era, the late 1930s or early 1940s. One interesting aspect of this film is that it contains images of the famed boat Idle Hour (3:48), owned by Seattle resident Dwight Long. Long, who had very little experience at sea, bought the 32-foot ketch and ended up sailing it continuously for four years prior to the outbreak of WWII. (It's not clear if...
Topics: 1930s, Pre War, Honolulu, Hawaii, Home Movie, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki Beach, Stock Footage,...
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Made for the home market, this silent, German propaganda newsreel from the fascist era shows events of the National Labour Day of 1933 30th of April and 1st of May 1933 – showing a speech of von Schirach at a Walpurgis Night Hitler Youth Rally, the works of preparing the Tempelhof expo grounds for a meeting, which will later be a scene of mass book burning. Seen are Hitler, Goebbels, Werner von Blomberg, Paul von Hindenburg. 0:12 Card:  "Since the Reichstag building was burned by the...
Topics: German, Newsreel, 1933, National Labor, Celebration, Fire, Hitler, Youth Activities, Stock Footage
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This color promotional film "The Small Car Idea" shows the construction of automobiles including the Beetle,  Microbus and Fastback Coupe at the modern Volkswagen Factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. The film attempts to showcase the innovative design of these various vehicles while underscoring their safety features, reliability and gas efficiency.. Copyright is circa 1971 or 72. Opening: German cars including Porsches, a VW wagon, and a Karmann Ghia race around a test track. VW workers...
Topics: Volkswagen, Factory Production, VW Bugs, Microbus, Wolfsburg, Germany, 1970, Stock Footage,...
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This is a 1968, black and white news report featuring footage filmed by combat cameramen in the field. It is a presentation of the Armed Forces Information Service, Department of Defense. It opens with a reporter, Alan Smith, talking about the state of the Vietnam war, :30. Reporter, Alan Smith reporting on current events in the war, 1:30. Map of Camp Evans in Vietnam, 2:30. Men preparing Howitzer guns on a tank, 2:50. Tom DeCastro, reporting from the field as men fire Howitzers, 3:40. Aerial...
Topics: 1968, Vietnam Report, 9th Infantry Division, Mekong, Armed Forces, Stock Footage
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This 1959 sponsored documentary directed by Shirley Clarke uses experimental montage techniques to dramatize the construction of the 666 Fifth Avenue Skyscraper in Manhattan, New York City (TRT: 21:11).   Clarke was a member of the Independent Filmmakers of America and was part of a circle of independent filmmakers in Greenwich Village such as Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, and Lionel Rogosin. Opening titles: “Brandon Films Presents.” The Bellringers Monument in Herald Square...
Topics: Skyscraper, 1959, 666 fth Avenue, New York, Stock Footage
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Filmed by an unknown American tourist, this silent home movie shows a visit to Soviet Russia "after twenty years". Presumably this means 20 years after the Revolution, or 1938. The film is notable because it presents a propaganda free look at life in the USSR just a few years before the outbreak of WWII, and during some of the worst purges in Soviet history. At :28 views of Kiev are seen including the old monastery at 1:01. At 2:08 Sports Day Parade is shown in the city with many...
Topics: 1938, Soviet Union, Soviet Russia, Home Movie, Stock Footage
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One of a series of "Screen Traveler" films created by Andre De La Varre, this film focuses on Budapest, Hungary. Copyright 1938. Opening titles: "Gay and Beautiful Budapest" (:06-:43). Aerial shots of Budapest, the national capital of Hungary, a landlocked country in Central Europe. The city is located at the River Danube. Elisabeth Bridge (:44-2:09). Longest suspension bridge when it was originally built, the Elisabeth Bridge. The Elisabeth Bridge is the third newest bridge...
Topics: Gay, Budapest, 1968, Screen Traveler, Travelogue, Hungarym, Dunube River, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This silent reel of documentary footage shows The People's Republic of China (PRC) in the 1960s, illustrating the era of Chairman Mao Zedong’s reign of power leading the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) through the “Great Leap Forward” and the “Cultural Revolution” of the era, with emphasis on displays of military force, a shift toward industrialization, the Socialist Education Movement, and Mao’s personality cult (TRT: 16:01). The Great Wall of China and the Chinese coast. A musical...
Topics: China, 1960s, Cultural Revolution, Documentary, Mao Zedong, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made during the Soviet era, this propaganda / news film starts with the high treason criminal case against Oleg Penkovski, looks into the ravages of alcoholism, the penal system and the rehabilitation and isolation of criminals. It also examines the inevitable question--   why some USSR salaries are higher than others? It does this by discussing the difficulty of various jobs and the living environment of the workers. The next section explains the importance of electricity in production and...
Topics: 1963, Soviet Propaganda, Oleg, Penkovsky, Greville, Wynne, Stock Footage
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Created in the 1950s, "Contest Jitters" was one of the Castle Film travelogues featuring novelty sports, with a focus on women throughout.  With condescending narration throughout --  You'll see Dolphin basketball at Marineland Studios, deep sea fishing, women performing martial arts, the Miss America contest, women doing rodeo, and more.  There's also novelty sports including a skating chimp, lumberjack tree climbing, a bald head contest, and so on.  The film ends with a mud bath...
Topics: 1950, Castle Films, Sexist Women, Sports, 1960, 1950, Marineland Studios, Deep Sea Fishing, Miss...
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This short film is a collection of two 1960s commercials for RCA Victor products—the company’s redesigned portable phonograph and the Mark 1 color television. In the first commercial, “Sound On The Move,” viewers see a woman carrying a portable phonograph down a street. Another woman is getting one out of the back of her car. A woman opens up the case of an RCA Victor Swing-Line unit (00:39), swinging out the speakers and the changer. She looks through the see-through cabinet design. A...
Topics: RCA, Portable Phonograph, Record Player, Color Television, TV
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This 1956 film about World War I was produced by NBC as part of the "Project Twenty" series. The music was written by Robert Russell Bennett and narrated by Alexander Scourby.   German soldiers parade prior to WWI. Kaiser Wilhelm II is greeted by England’s King George and Queen Mary (1:35-3:22). Russian Czar Nicolas II views his troops. Austria-Hungary Emperor Joseph. Belgium King Albert rides with the Kaiser (3:23-4:45). 1914 newspapers declare the assassination of Archduke...
Topics: The Great War, WWI, 1914, World War I, German Soldiers, Stock Footage
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This color propaganda film made National Education Program (NEP) as a warning to citizens of the USA about the subversive groups within the country looking to destroy the American system and its people. It dates to 1968, one of the most chaotic years in 20th Century American history.   Opening credits: a disclaimer, REVOLUTION UNDERWAY (:01-:46). July 1967, Newark, NJ riots. National Guardsmen and police battle snipers.   A wounded man is placed on a gurney. A displaced shop owner is...
Topics: Revolution, Revolutionary, Underwaty, 1960, Anti Communist, Stock Footage
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This film focuses on the radioisotope; the radioactive isotope of an element. It was produced with the cooperation of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and its contractors (:23). It opens with a quote from Democritus (:40) as well as a man searching for gold in a river (1:03). Today, scientists hunt for minerals such as gold and silver in addition to others such as uranium (1:08). Uranium is a radioactive metal discovered through the use of a Geiger counter (1:20). Scientists believed it would...
Topics: 1951, US Army, Training Film, Fundamentals Of Radioactivity, Radioisotope, Part 1, Stock Footage
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This Soviet propaganda film, featuring English narration, covers the Space Race from the perspective of the Soviet Union (USSR), highlighting the career of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and the landmark spaceflights of Sputnik, Vostok, and Voskhod (TRT 48:29). Media res opening montage. A rocket ready for launch (0:08). Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in a still closeup. The 1961 launch of Vostok 1 with Russian title overlay (0:29). Credits over newspaper printing, switchboard operators, typists (0:52)....
Topics: 20th Century Soviet Space Program, Space Race, Yuri Gagarin, StocK footage
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This episode of the U.S. Army's "The Big Picture" TV show is entitled "Three Faces of Evil". It is one of a series of episodes in the "Army in Action" series which focused on WWII history. This episode specifically examines the aftermath of WWI and the lead-up to WWII, with the rise of the dictators Tojo in Japan, Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Germany. Copyright 1964. Opening: Paintings of conquerors and defenders. Narrator explains how bow & arrow...
Topics: The Big Picture, US Army TV Show, US Army, 1930s, WWII, Army In Action, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Created by Encyclopedia Brittanica in the late 1930s, this black & white educational film is about the country of Chile with a focus on the nation's rich natural resources and principal cities including Santiago. The film uses the device of a family visit, involving a family called the McKennas, to propel its narrative. The McKenna family has a historical link to the nation of Chile:  Brigadier Juan Mackenna (b. 1771) was an Irish-born, Chilean military officer and hero of the Chilean War...
Topics: 1930s, Chile, South America, Travelogue, Santiago Copper Industry, Nitrate Prodcution, Stock...
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This short film from The March of Time's classroom film series gives viewers a look at India during the World War II era. The film opens with footage of soldiers marching out of a building. Other opening shots of India include the Gateway of India, Jama Masjid (00:59) where Muslims pray, and people on the banks of the Ganges (01:20). A man sings while walking down a street. People bathe in the Ganges River. People carry a statue of a god down a street during a religious procession. Men place a...
Topics: British Empire, India, Travelogue, Ganges River, Mahatma, Ghandi, Stock Footage
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This black & white film military training film "How to Get Killed in One Easy Lesson" was shown to infantry recruits during WWII. It is part of a series of "Fighting Men" films, designed to reinforce principles taught in field training. In this case, the film focuses on how careless behavior -- leads to death.  Copyright 1943. Opening: Official Training Film - Fighting Men - How to get killed in one easy lesson (:08-:35). American soldiers advance in a jungle, they...
Topics: Fighting Men, WWII, World War II, 1943, Army Ground Forces, Training Film, Stock Footage
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This documentary film shows a brief glimpse into the highly influential life of Winston Churchill. It focuses on his burial ceremony and the impact it held over England. It opens with a note from the British Board of Film Censors (:08) certifying that it had been passed for general exhibition. Streets in Britain are seen lined with posters of newspaper headlines featuring Winston Churchill (:20) after his passing in January of 1965. Blenheim Palace in Oxford shire, England stands as a massive...
Topics: 1965, British Documentary, Homage, Winston Churchill, England, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This travelogue film of a holiday trip to Europe in mid-1950s was produced by Norman Schley, a filmmaker from Wisconsin who often presented and narrated his films in front of a live audience. This print does not have any extant narration, but the soundtrack remains. Includes footage from Portugal, Italy, Holland, Luxembourg, Paris, and London. Title screen of “Filmorama Holiday”, a “Picturelogue” presentation (0:37). Written/edited by Jack Camp (0:45). Narrated by Norman E. Schley...
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Topics: Norman Schley, 1950s, Europe, Travelogue, Portugal, Italy, Holland, France, England, Paris, London,...
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This charming 16mm silent Kodachrome home movie shows Christmas for an average American family. The kids receive many presents including at the 10:50 mark, a cardboard rocket ship. This item was sold in comic books of the time for $4.98 and advertised as a "jet" rocket ship.   We have yet to find footage of the even more famous cardboard Polaris submarine which was sold in the same era! Other toys spotted include a toy airplane...blocks...cars and trucks. What do you see? We...
Topics: 1960s, Home Movie, Christmas, Cardboard, Rocket Playhouse, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This silent, raw footage from the Vietnam War shows U.S. Army and South Vietnamese troops examining a large cache of arms captured from the Viet Cong. At :29, an African American soldier shows off an RPG round. The weapons shown at :45 include many wrapped for storage underground. At 1:12, boxes of ammunition are shown off, many of the boxes look Chinese or Soviet in origin. At 1:34 an African American soldier writes a report. At 1:50 belts of ammunition are shown along with what appear to be...
Topics: Vietnam, War, Raw Footage, Viet Cong, Arms, Stock Footage
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This 1969 color film "The Time of Man" from "The Natural History of Our World" series combines footage of animals, indigenous people, and anthropologists to present a brisk overview of human development, highlighting historic threats to survival (TRT 49:15). It was produced and directed by visionary filmmaker Marshall Flaum, edited by Nicholas Clapp, narrated by Richard Basehart, and has a score by Lyn Murray. It was produced by MPC in association with the Museum of Natural...
Topics: Natural, History, Man, Time. 1969, Anthropology, Documentary, Stock Footage
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The footage from the 1930s, probably produced by the Mikimoto Pearl company, showcases the Mikimoto Pearl company pearl-farming operation, starting with the founder and inventor of pearl farming, Kokichi Mikimoto himself. The film details the entire process of seeding, growing, and harvesting of pearl, and making pearl jewelry. The movie also features footage of the famous Japanese sightseeing spots, such as the Tokyo Imperial palace, Great Buddha of Kamakura, footage of the first statue of the...
Topics: 1930s, Mikimoto Pearl Company, Promo Film, Pre War Tokyo Japan, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This is a 1971 color film made by Bert van Bork entitled "The Lumberman" was part of the "Our Changing Way of Life" series of films released by Encyclopedia Brittanica. The film looks at the seachanges that have come to the timber and logging industries (and more were to come as the environmental movement was in a nascent stage at the time this film was made). The film discusses the past and present of the life of a forest worker and not only how these workers’ lives have...
Topics: The Lumberman, 1970s, Logging, Lumberjack, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Stock Footage
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This color film from 1964 illustrates the basics in firearm safety in the home, and includes examples of how to inspect several types of firearms to ensure they are not loaded and safe to handle. After Mrs. Johnson accidentally discharges a carelessly placed shotgun in the basement rec room, a narrator explains how to handle each of the Johnson family’s firearms, and even provides some backstory on each weapon. Guns examined here include a Savage Model 99 lever action rifle, a Winchester...
Topics: Home With Guns, Guns, 1964, national Rifle, Gun Safety, Stock footage
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This rare film promotes the TG Racing team and its stable of Trans Am race cars, which raced in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) series. It likely dates to 1970. TG was founded in 1968 by champion-winning owner Terry Godsall (thus the TG) and veteran racecar driver Jerry Titus. Titus, who became widely known as "Mr. Trans Am", won a class victory and placed third overall at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1969, but the following year he died after a bad accident at Milwaukee. GM's Pontiac...
Topics: 1970, TG Racing, Pontiac Firebird, Trans Am SCCA, Racing, Stock Footage
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This black & white Arthur Murray instructional film demonstrates how to do the Rumba and the Mambo. The film dates to the 1940s.  Arthur Murray (1895 – 1991) was a famous American ballroom dancer and businessman.  After WWII, Murray's dance instruction business grew with the rise of interest in Latin dance, and he regularly taught and broadcast in Cuba in the 1950s. He later hosted the television show The Arthur Murray Party for a decade from 1950-60. Opening titles: The Arthur Murray...
Topics: Arthur Murray, Rumba, Mambo, 1940s, Dance, Latin Dancing, Ballroom Dancing, Stock Footage,...
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Made during WWII for the home market in Germany, this silent newsreel shows the battle for Sevastopol. The film begins with a map showing Soviet defenses on the peninsula including fortifications. At :43 German columns of tanks occupy the high ground and mortars and artillery begin lobbing shells into the city.   After the barrage the infantry begins to move forward at 2:00, supported by tanks. At 2:30 Stukas join the fight, bombing Soviet positions. At 3:14 troops break into enemy lines. At...
Topics: German Newsreel, Thor, Heavy Mortar, 1941, 1942
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This film will take a look at major news events in the year of 1947. It is presented by Castle Films (:07) and will visit Africa first as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth made the first ever royal family trip to the country (:23). While there, the pair took a 10,000-mile tour and enjoyed a demonstration performed by the Zulu warriors (:33). Turning to turmoil in Korea, the country had been experiencing unrest since the end of WW2 in 1945 and were seeking independence after 40 years of...
Topics: Castle Films, Parade of 1947, Unrest in Palastine, President truman, Queen Elizabeth, Stock Footage
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This film was produced by Centron Films for Inland Steel in 1981.  It is an educational film showing the entire process of the production of steel, from the mining of taconite, through the various stages inside the steel mill to the final product of pure steel.  The film specifically focuses on the production of a steel coil. Centron Films logo shown (0:12-0:20).  Brief and eclectic range of shots; of the Chicago skyling / cityscape, farming equipment, a film projector, and two silhouetted...
Topics: Steel, The Metal Giants, 1981, Inland Stee Co., Steel Mill, Stock Footage
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This 1969 color footage from NASA’s Apollo 12 mission depicts the launch of a Saturn V rocket, the second moon walk, an astronaut using a sample collection tool, the Lunar Module’s successful ascent from the moon’s surface, and a solar eclipse (TRT 29:28). Test pattern and label: “Flight Load” (0:09). Though a circular field of vision, the surface of the moon races by, revealing craters and rocky terrain (0:20). A fiery ignition sequence explosion of yellow fire illuminated in...
Topics: NASA, 1969, Apollo 12, Saturn V Launch, Moon Walk, Eclipse, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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The Sea: Mysteries of the Deep is a short 1977 educational film from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, narrated by John Bartholomew Tucker, that looks at current research efforts to better understand undersea life and resources and how to protect it from manmade pollution. The film features great footage of undersea life, contrasted with footage of harmful industrial waste being pumped into the oceans. The film opens with shots of sea creatures, include ling a hammerhead shark, sea lions, and an...
Topics: 1970, Oceanography, SS Kaimalino, The Sea
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This film takes viewers on a tour through Norway’s town and country area. The film is presented by the Norwegian Travel Information Office of New York City (:14). Some of Europe’s largest glaciers exist in Norway (:26). These attribute to the common use of water for power in the country. A rainbow is pictured formed by the mist from a cascading waterfall (:59). Bird’s eye view footage shows how the roads must zig zag and cut through the mountainous terrain (1:24). In order to protect...
Topics: 1948, Majestic Norway, Norwegian Travelogue, Oslo Lapland, Norsk Hydro, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This color educational/promotional film is about the new Northrop F-18 prototype Navy Hornet jet, which was displayed at the 32nd Annual Air and Space Exposition in Paris, France at the Le Bourget Airport. This was made in 1978. Northrop's F-18 prototype Navy Hornet jet taxis out and then is flying in the air. Opening titles: F-18 Hornet Prototype Odyssey 77 (:09-:27). The Northrop F-18 flies. The plane is serviced on the ground. POV from inside the cockpit as it takes off at dusk. The plane...
Topics: F18 Hornet, Odyssey 77, Northrop, Paris Air Show, Stock Footage
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One of a series of short subjects made in 1949 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, "Let's Go to the Movies" provides a brisk, Hollywood-centric gloss of early narrative film history, coupled with brief glimpses “behind the scenes” of major studio productions. A curtain opens on an Academy Awards Ceremony with an “ Oscar ” statuette on the stage (0:10). Title: “Members of the Motion Picture Industry present Let’s Go to the Movies” (0:13). A movie studio...
Topics: 1949, Hollywood, Feature Film, Movies, Ampas, Documentary, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1943, THE WAR FOR MEN'S MINDS was produced in 1943 by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and released in the USA by United Artists as part of the wartime The World in Action series. The film was produced by Stuart Legg . The War for Men's Minds describes the impact of propaganda from the Axis powers in 1943, during the Second World War.   The film shows how in 1943, Allied forces are confronting a sophisticated means of war, the propaganda campaign that the Axis powers employ....
Topics: WWII, World War II, Stock Footage, 1943, Propaganda Film, Nazis
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This fundraising film from the late 1940s or early 1950s (but most likely 1949), "Epidemic's Children" was produced by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Produced prior to the development of a vaccine, the film tells some of the modern history of the fight against the disease, and shows some of the effects of the polio disease and the treatment regimen of this era including water therapy and the use of iron lungs. The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis is now...
Topics: Polio, 1940s, Paralysis, Iron Lung, Epidemics Children, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made by Chrysler Corporation / Dodge to promote their automobiles, "The Hell Driver Formula" features Jack Kochman's famous stunt car team. It dates to about 1981 and is narrated by Lindsey Nelson.   Opening: people in the grand stands watch and wait. A man wraps straps around himself and tugs on another strap. Wearing a helmet, the man stands on the back of a car and the car speeds towards a fire that was set, the man lowers himself in the flames at a fast speed and the title...
Topics: Jack Kochmans, Hells Drivers, 1980s, Chrysler, Dodge, Auto Stunt, Stock Footage
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Made by the famed Jam Handy Organization, a leading educational and training film company, this black & white training film "Doping Techniques" explains the process of doping fabric for airplanes. It likely dates to the WWII era. Aircraft dope is a plasticized lacquer that is applied to fabric-covered aircraft. It tightens and stiffens fabric stretched over airframes, which renders them airtight and weatherproof, increasing their durability and lifespan. Without the application of...
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Glimpses of Colorful Portugal is a travelogue film (likely from the 1950s) narrated by Peter Allen and gives viewers a brief tour of the country. The film opens with a shot of a beach on the rocky Iberian Peninsula coast. People depart a passenger plane at the international airport in Lisbon (00:50). Highlights of the capital city include the Praca Do Comercio and the narrow streets of the Alfama district. There is a good shot of the harbor at the estuary of Tagus River (01:23). Fish wives sell...
Topics: Glimpses Of Colorful Portugal, 1950s, Portugal, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This film from the British Act / Fact series recounts January 1st, 1945 -- New Year's Day -- when Allied aircraft faced a surprise onslaught of German fighters raiding their bases in Belgium and Holland. Anti-aircraft crews raced into action. Many Allied aircraft were hit on the ground before they could scramble into the air. At 2;02, Royal Air Force Spitfires, Typhoons and Tempests are sent to intercept the German planes, and fighter support for bombing raids is diverted to staunch the...
Topics: Air Battle, January, 1945, Luftwaffe, Battle Of The Bulge, Operation Bodenplatte, Stock Footage,...
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This 1968 Big Picture TV-746 color film about the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam was presented by the U.S. Army. The soldier narrator holds a book about the 9th in WWII. A poster displays its patch (1:18-2:59). 1966, soldiers are inspected at Fort Riley. A soldier kisses his wife and children goodbye. Soldiers exercise on deck (3:10-3:50).   Heavy equipment clears trees at Bear Cat base. 1st and 2nd Brigades march for Major General Eckhart. Soldiers move through jungle terrain. Clearings...
Topics: 9th Infantry Division, Vietnam, 1968, US Army, The Big Picture, Stock Footage
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This color reel of home movie footage documents a 1950s tourist vacation to Hawaii, offering glimpses of the big island around the time of its statehood,revealing a colorful, relatively undeveloped land of beauty as well as a taste of the familiar tourist attractions that would later come to dominate the region (TRT: 12:46). Leader and punched holes. A group of yachts on a sunlit, sparkling panorama (0:05). A waterfront resort hotel. Grass huts, a weather vane, docks. Medium shot of a man in a...
Topics: 1960s, Hawaii, Home Movie, Hula Show, Boat Cruise, Kilauea Volcano, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This film is a collection of four short NASA films from the 1970s (Space Colonization, Autotram, Space Pioneers, and New Advances in Plane Design), giving viewers a look at various developments in space exploration and flight. In Space Colonization, NASA’s Chief of Life Sciences Experiment Office Dr. Richard Johnson speaks to the camera about a disc-shaped space colony named the Stanford torus. The film opens with images and animation showing future renderings of space colonies. Viewers see...
Topics: NASA, 1970s, Space Colonization, Oblique X Wing, Probes, Stock Fotoage
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Havana Holiday is a short 1930s silent film, part of Castle Films’ The World Parade series, that gives viewers a quick look at the vibrant Cuban city of Havana. The film opens with a shot of Havana from across the bay, where a passenger liner moves in front of El Morro and into the bay. There is a good aerial shot of El Morro, followed by footage inside the old fortress. The film shows the lighthouse in front of the fortress. There is footage of Havana from the point of view of being on the...
Topics: Havana, 1930, Silent Film, ElMorro, Cuba, Stock Footage
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Made in 1956 for the home market and released by Castle Films, this travelogue of New York shows off all the highlights of the Big Apple. It starts with images of the Statue of Liberty (:29). At (:45) a large ocean liner (probably the S.S. United States ) is visible in the harbor. At (:55) are images of the downtown including an aerial (1:09). At (1:27) a shot down Broadway, and (1:38) Wall Street including the Sub-Treasury. Brooklyn Bridge is shown at (2:34), and at (2;47) the Lower East Side...
Topics: 1956, New York City, Travelogue, 8mm, Broadway, Castle Films, Stock Footage
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Dating to the late 1960s or early 1970s and directed by Peter Powell, "The Driving Scene" takes a rock-n-roll approach to driver's education. The film targets beginning drivers with a calm, psychologically pleasing message  ---- attemptIng to get across the idea that control over one's reckless impulses is imperative behind the wheel. Featuring narration by the great Jean Shepherd, the film is chock-full of classic cars including Mustangs, convertibles, VW Bugs and GTOs, drive in...
Topics: Driving, Driving Scene, 1960s, 1970s, Drivers Education, Stock footage
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Released in November of 1942, PATTERN FOR VICTORY shows scenes of the first year after American entry into World War II. It was produced by Paramount News. The film begins with Pearl Harbor, and civilians hearing the news of the bombing of the fleet by Japanese aircraft. President Roosevelt is seen addressing Congress on December 8, 1941. Men register for service and women operate machinery in war plants. Scenes on the American home front include gas rationing. Prime Minister Winston Churchill...
Topics: 1942, WWII, World War II, Pattern, Victory, Pearl Harbor, Stock Footage
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The short 1939 documentary The City is a “plea” for residential planning and presents ways to remold cities to better accommodate the demand for housing and the need for clean, healthy communities. The film follows the chronological development of American communities, beginning with rural New England circa 1800, opening with shots of old rural homes, a water wheel and mill house (02:33), and Sias Farm. Children jump into a pond or a river and splash around. A horse-drawn wagon carries...
Topics: The City, 1939, Development, American Cities, Urban Planning, Documentary, Stock Footage
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Made in the U.K. by the Royal Film Unit, this 1940s hygiene film focuses on dental care. At :51, an expectant mother is shown visiting a clinic and looks at an x-ray of her fetus where the teeth are clearly shown forming in its skull. At 1:26, the mother is shown picking up bottles of milk, cheese, and vegetables as well as cod liver oil and orange juice -- all of which the narrator claims will help produce strong teeth. At 1:54, a boy is examined by a dentist who works on him with a drill. At...
Topics: Your Childrens Teeth, Teeth. Dental Care, 1940s, Dentist, Brushing, Filling, Stock Footage
This 1928 silent educational short produced by Eastman Classroom Films depicts operations at a coal mine near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, showing minecarts, simple tools, and harsh working conditions (TRT 14:55). Opening titles (0:10). Coal miners riding in a mining car exit the tunnel of a coal mine stenciled, “Be Careful Today.” The men’s faces are grim as they pass by, wearing headlamps and hats (0:14). The miners climb out of the mining car (0:29). A line of miners hand in buckets and...
Topics: Bituminous Coal, 1928, Eastman, Pittsburg, Coalfield, Mines, Miining, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This Soviet era film entitled “Space" was produced at the Kievnauchfilm studio, which produced a significant share of the Soviet Union's educational movies for the secondary schools and post-secondary institutions. This movie allows the audience to witness all the major steps of technological advancement of the manned and unmanned Soviet space program from Sputnik-1, through the animals in space and first human space flight to unmanned satellites and Salyut space stations. Highlights:...
Topics: Soviet Space Program, Sputnik, Laika, Gagarin, Leonov, Soyuz Rockets, Stock Footage
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This unusual silent film shows the Soviet Union in the summer of 1937. It depicts the annual summer Athletes Parade, usually conducted on June 24th on the Moscow's Red Square,  and the events preceding and following, both it in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, (then Leningrad). In a typical display of the era's celebrations, one can see the portraits of the Politburo members – Chubar and Kosior - which were purged in 1938 and therefore do not appear after 1938. There's some pictures of the Saint...
Topics: Soviet Union, Travelogue, 1937, Moscow, Leningrad, Stock Footage
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This silent, black & white shows highlights of the 1939 New York World's Fair. It was originally sold as a souvenir to visitors to the fair, and to the general public through the mail. The official souvenir film ends at 14:29, and then amateur-shot, b&w and color home movie footage appears -- spliced in by someone who attended the fair. The souvenir film was originally released in 1939-1940. Opening titles: Official Motion Pictures of the New York World's Fair 1939 (:10-:39). People...
Topics: 1939, New York, Worlds Fair, Official Film, World Of Tomorrow, Highlights, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This black and white training film, made for the United Kingdom’s Civil Defense and Fire Service in 1956, provides a straight forward and unflinching look at the possible effects a hydrogen bomb would have on a major city in that country. Using World War II era footage of rescue work in the aftermath of German air attacks, animations, scale models, and somber narration, the film attempts to convey the devastation such an attack would inflict, what rescuers should expect to encounter in their...
Topics: The H Bomb, 1956, United Kingdom, Civil Defense, Training Film, Stock Footage
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This black and white, silent film is a collection of footage related to the Ford Motor Company from the early 1920’s through the early 1940’s (though not in chronological order: Footage from 00:06 to 01:56 is from the 1920’s, 01:56 to 03:25 appears to be early 1940’s, and the remaining segments are from the early 1930’s.) You’ll see Ford’s River Rouge factory, acres of newly built cars, Model T’s, Model A’s, workers, trains, planes, a fire, and the twenty-millionth car Ford...
Topics: Ford Motor. 1920s, 1940s, Fords, Cars, Assembly Line, Stock Footage
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This historic German film "Schlachtschiff in Fahrt" (literally -- "battleship cruise" or "battleships on patrol") shows the cruise of the German warships Gneisenau and Blucher in the North Atlantic in 1939 and 1940. It includes (at 8:15) a simulated attack by enemy aircraft. These two new ships were to be part of what Adolph Hitler hoped would be a new German Navy or Kriegsmarine that would challenge Britain's mastery of the sea.   The cruiser Blucher would be...
Topics: German Battlecruisers, German Film, Kriegsmarine, North Atlantic Cruises
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reated in 1943, PANTELLERIA is a confidential Army Air Forces film featuring Gen. Jimmy Doolittle that details the raid in support of Operation Corkscrew. Corkscrew was the code name for the Allied invasion of the Italian island of Pantelleria (between Sicily and Tunisia) on 11 June 1943, prior to the Allied invasion of Sicily during the Second World War. The radar installations and airfield on the island were seen as a real threat to the planned invasion of Sicily. The Italian garrison on the...
Topics: Army Air Forces, Raid, WWII, World War II, Pantelleria, Stock Footage
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This 1963 U.S. Army special bulletin (No. 10) describes “the scope and complexity of assistance given by Army advisers to ARVN officers and troops in their battle against Vietcong guerilla warfare.” The film follows Lt. William R. Johnston as he serves as a MAAG (Military Assistance Advisory Group) advisor to the 1st Infantry Battalion, 11th Regiment, 7th Infantry Division of the ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) from May 1962 through April 1963. The film opens with a shot of troops...
Topics: 1963, US Army, Vietnam, Military, MAAG, ARVN, Stock Footage
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An exhaustive exposition of John Deere’s 1960 offerings in construction, farming, landscaping and logging equipment, set to a lush orchestral soundtrack. (TRT 41:17) Opening title, over an aerial view of a John Deere plant: “John Deere Presents: 1960 Industrial Equipment” (0:07). Tractors pulling sheepsfoot compactors, scrapers, bulldozers, crawlers, wheel loaders, cable plows, trenchers, landscape rakes, seeders and mowers (0:58). The 831 Crawler-Loader demonstrates its features (2:14)....
Topics: 1960, John Deere, Farm Tractor, Landscaping, Construction, Bulldozers, Loaders, Stock Footage,...
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This Soviet Ukrainian film, narrated in English and entitled “No Statute of Limitations”, was directed by Eugen Tataretz. It depicts the court case prosecuting crimes against humanity committed during WWII by fascist collaborators Mykola Dufanets, Artem Bubela and Filip Rybachuk. The three were members of the Occupied Territories Reich Police and participated in rounding up the Jewish population to bring them to the ghetto in the Krymnoe Village of the Starovyzhevski county of the Volyn...
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Topics: Statue Of Limitations, Ukrainian Trial, Concentration Camps, Russian, Holocaust, Stock Footage
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IN SHANGHAI is a 1930s travelogue of Canton, China that shows the city and countryside. This truncated print includes shots of various pagodas, the famous angular bridges, and a traditional Chinese theater.
Topics: Shanghai, Canton China, 1930s, Travelogue, China, Stock Footage
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This color tourist promotional film wasproduced in the early 1950s.. The film was produced and copyrighted by American born Andre de la Varre, who became a leading travelogue filmmaker of short films. In the 1930’s, Andre de la Varre created a short film series called “Screen Traveler”, of which this is one. In the 1950’s, his films enjoyed a second life as educational material, being reissued and updated for copyright in 1951. The film was narrated by “The Voice of Air France”. It...
Topics: 1950, Air France, Travelogue, North Africa, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Casablanca, Stock Footage
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Dailies from the Clark Gable documentary film "Combat America" shot in WWIIThese raw film "dailies" are from the 1943 Clark Gable documentary film "Combat America".   Although silent, they provide some interesting insight into the making of one of the iconic propaganda films of WWII.   Some of the material seen herein was utilized in the finished movie and some was not…   some wonderful material including at 2:30 a wrecked B-17, a tail gun in action at the...
Topics: Clark Gable, World War II, WWII, Raw Footage, Combat America, Stock Footage
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One of a series of black & white educational films distributed by "Films of the Nations", "Scottish Rhapsody" presents the country of Scotland. This is circa 1953, and directed by Austen West, and produced by Maurice Groen. Titles: Films of the Nations presents Scottish Rhapsody (:06-:44). Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh is Scotland's compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the...
Topics: 1950s, Travelogue, Scottish Rhapsody, Edinburgh, Stock Footage, Scotland
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This U.S. Navy produced film tells the story of the NC-4 Flying Boats and the epic Transatlantic flight, as well as the unveiling of one of the aircraft NC-4 at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.   The NC-4 was a Curtiss NC flying boat which was designed by Glenn Curtiss and his team, and manufactured by Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company. In May 1919, the NC-4 became the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, starting in New York State and making the crossing...
Topics: US Navy, NC-4, Flying Boat, Navy, 1919, Stock Footage
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This color educational film "Man Into Space" was part of a series created by Explorer Productions. It was produced and directed by  Edward Scherer and written by Anne MacKenzie. This episode of "Man Into Space" focuses on the history of satellite technology, and the race between the USA and Soviet Union to put a man in orbit. It was released in 1970. Opening titles: Man Into Space Part III: Satellites and Man in Orbit (:06-:20). Astronaut Ed White performs the first...
Topics: Man Into Space, 1960s, Space Race, Satellites, John Glenn, Cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, Stock Footage,...
This 1945 U.S. Navy training film, Quit Stalling—Or Spin In! (MN-4353a), teaches pilots the dangers of stalling, or spinning, and how to avoid crashing. A stall is what happens when an aero foil cannot make enough lift to keep the aircraft in level flight. The film features a Navy instructor who presents a series of case studies from the Navy’s office of Flight Safety Flight Statistics (00:52). The film begins with footage of a plane stalling and crashing into the ground (00:14); the...
Topics: 1945, Quit Stalling, Spin in, WWII, US Navy Pilot, Training Film, Stalls, Spins, Plane Crash, Stock...
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Made for the U.S. Army, this late 1950s / early 1960s film features the fundamental principles of diodes and triodes. It was presented by The Bray Studios Incorporated (:11). It opens with diode fundamentals (:28) showing electron components comprised of semiconductor material (:34). A transistor (:42) is an amplifier serving with the same purpose as a triode vacuum tube. A crystal rectifier is shown (:51). A circuit is demonstrated to conduct current in a single direction (1:18) as a light...
Topics: 1950, US Army, Training Film, Semiconductors, Stock Footage
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This color, silent home movie film shows views of post-war Hawaii. It apparently contains both professionally and amateur shot footage -- the professional material coming from a movie sold to tourists in this era. The amateur footage was filmed in 1947 by a tourist named Thornton. Opening: A crowd of people wave; a quick cut to what looks like the Bay Bridge near Oakland and San Francisco, CA (:08). Hawaiian Islands as seen from a ship, probably Matson Line's SS Matsonia or the SS Lurline, both...
Topics: Honlulu, Hawaii, 1947, kodachrome, Home Movie, Waikiki, Beach Diamond Head, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about America's first deep space probe, Pioneer V. Animation depicts the path the spacecraft takes on its journey. This is copyright circa 1960. Opening: model planet Earth spins round. Scientific engineers at work on a solar panel on a satellite. A rocket. In the distance, the planet Venus (:55). Title: The Path of Venus (:06-1:09). It is 1960, a Thor DM 18-Able IV rocket is on a launchpad. A man with a radio relays information. Construction helmets. Planet Earth...
Topics: Pioneer 5 Deep Space, Space Probe, 1960, NASA, Venus, Atlas Rocket, Stock Footage
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This silent home movie begins with a segment photographed in the St. Paul / Minneapolis, Mn. Twin cities area in the 1930s. It shows activity at Minneapolis Junction and the area down the Mississippi River, showing trains from Soo, Milwaukee Road, Chicago & Northwestern and Great Northern.The second portion of the film dates up to fifteen years later and starts at around 13 minutes. It focuses on 1st generation streamliner trains. This is a silent film. Shots include: 00:06 Train passing...
Topics: Railway, 1930, Minneapolis, Mississippi River, Stock Footage
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This 1967 color educational film produced by Coronet, which credits educational collaborator Dr. John E. Kempf, professor of Microbiology at the University of Illinois Medical Center of Chicago, takes a look at the subject of viruses (TRT: 13:38). A biological scientist in a laboratory pours a liquid from one beaker to another. “A Coronet Film” (0:09). The doctor reviews a chart in the lab, next to a microscope, and beakers of colorful liquid (0:35). An electron micrograph of a virus shows...
Topics: Viruses, Threshold Of Life, 1967, Disease Health, Educational, Stock Footage
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A Town In Old Mexico is a 1943 travelogue of Puebla, Fortin de las Flores, and Orizaba, Mexico, narrated by Orson Welles. It was made as part of the WWII "Friendly Neighbor" effort by the United States. The film begins with a painting of Puebla, then shows some scenic footage on the road between Puebla and Mexico City: viewers see two volcanoes, Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, both over 16,000 feet. A car drives along a rural road lined by wild flowers and a snow-capped volcano looming...
Topics: Mexico, 1943, Travelogue, Puebla, WWII, Mexico City, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational/propaganda film is about the battle of Saipan during World War 2 in the Pacific between the USA and Japanese forces. The copyright is 1945.   Opening titles: U.S. Navy Training Film nonclassified, PACIFIC FIREPOWER (:07-:36). The Marianas Islands. Tanks ride in Saipan. Saipan is the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands. Cities on the island are shown on a map. Aslito Airfield, renamed Isley Field in name of an American flyer - P-47 planes land on the...
Topics: WWII, World War II, 1945, Saipan, Pacific Firepower, Stock Footage