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Ephemeral films are non-fiction films usually made for educational, industrial, or promotional purposes. The two classic ephemeral film collections found on the Archive are the Prelinger Archives and AV Geeks.



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Originally aired on Valentine's Day 1955, this episode of the TV show "Medic" owed its existence to the U.S. Government's Office of Civil Defense and its Cold War push to inform the American people about the threat of nuclear war.  Created by James E. Moser (best known for his writing work on Dragnet), the TV show Medic (1954-1956)  presented realistic hospital-based medical stories.  In this episode an atomic bomb blast thrust star Richard Boone (of Have Gun—Will Travel fame)...
Topics: Television Program, Cold War, Nuclear Warfare, Civil Defense, Hydrogen Bomb, Radioactive, Fallout,...
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This Royal Canadian Air Force film shows a military plane crash and its aftermath, with one uninjured crewman doing his best to keep injured cohorts alive until help arrives.  The title of the film is not certain (because the opening title is missing!) but we believe it is called "No Time to Lose".  The scenario unfolds as the plane's crew, already low on fuel and with an engine out, learns that their base is completely fogged in.  Moments later a second engine failure dooms the...
Topics: Royal Canadian Air Force, Aircraft, Plane Crash, Accident, Survival, Canada, Airplane, Morse Code
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This 1957 black and white film explains setting up improvised emergency hospitals during a crisis. “Lease of Life – The Civil Defense Improvised Emergency Hospital” is by Major Films for the New York State Civil Defense Commission, Office of Medical Defense, Office of Public Health Education, Herman E. Hilleboe, M.D. Commissioner. The film begins with a rotating radar antenna scanning the sky for enemy aircraft with nuclear weapons. A man watches the scan on a screen. Men and women...
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This short film shows crop dusting biplanes of the California Insecticide Service Company, or CISCO, at work over the farms of Lancaster, California.  Although the planes are clearly stunting for the camera, it's a fairly realistic portrait of the dangerous work of these pilots.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Crop Dusting, Crop Duster, Barn Storming, Biplane
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Presented by the U.S. Army, The Infantry Noncommissioned Officer Candidate Course (TF 4118) is a short training film that provides a look at the program offered at Fort Benning, GA, from entrance qualifications to the training content up through the completion of the course. The film opens with a shot of Infantry Hall (00:30). Command Sergeant Major James A. Scott addresses the graduating class of the NCO Candidate Course (01:03). Candidates train with machine guns and batons in hand-to-hand...
Topics: 1960, US Army, 1967, Stock Footage, Fort Benning
This 1952 film depicts the launching of an Aerobee rocket at the Air Force Missile Test Center at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico in the aftermath of Project Blossom. It was produced by Robert Redd. The film shows scientists from the Cambridge Research Center analyzing the air of the upper atmosphere. The film takes viewers through the process from the assembly of the rocket to its recovery, and to  data analysis. Dr. Marcus O’Day of the geophysics research division at...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This late 1960s / early 1970s color film tries to define how to measure time. It was produced by Donald Rawlings at Halliford Studios and is sponsored by both Pan Am and Rolex. A Pan American Jet Clipper brakes in front of the camera (:35). The time is 9:25 on a 1970 Rolex GMT 1675 (:42). An animation leads from prehistoric sea creatures to dinosaurs to the Egyptians   (:57- 1:26 ). Time pieces shown are shadows against the sand and a cuckoo clock. A mother sits in a 1970s decorated living...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Explains the principles of jet propulsion and Newton's third law of motion. Shows various types of jet engines, jet airplanes in flight and their advantages and disadvantages. Uses animation to explain the basic operation of the jet engine. 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...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Created for the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California, A FORCE TO MOVE THE EARTH profiles Project Plowshare, a Cold War era effort to find useful non-military uses for nuclear weapons, primarily in the field of mechanical engineering.   Project Plowshare, also known as Operation Plowshare, was the overall United States term for the development of techniques to use nuclear explosives for peaceful construction purposes. The phrase was coined in...
Topics: Earth, Nuclear, Nuclear Test, California, 1961, Plowshare, Stock Footage
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"Another Columbus Sails West" is an historic silent newsreel showing the flight of the Graf Zeppelin dirigible on its first trans-Atlantic flight.  LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin was a German-built and -operated, passenger-carrying, hydrogen-filled, rigid airship which operated commercially from 1928 to 1937. It was named after the German pioneer of airships, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who was a count (Graf) in the German nobility. During its operating life, the airship made 590 flights covering...
Topics: LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin, Airship, Zeppelin, Dr. Charles Eckener, Dirigible, Lakehurst, LZ 129...
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AV Geeks 16mm Lunch Streaming Show AV Geeks Lunch 3 streamed live on Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020 screening: * The Adventures Of Chip And Dip * Lets Find Something Better To Do * Patriotism (With Bob Crane) Tv Guide Ad * Tv Guide Commercials * Recorded Live https://youtu.be/52CYoQqixL0 https://archive.org/details/av-geeks-lunch-3-17-20
Topics: 16mm, streaming
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This color film provides an overview of the X-15 from 1960 to 1980, predating Astronaut Joe Engle as Commander of the second orbital test flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia on November 12, 1981. The film opens with a view of the X-15 #3 plane dropping from a B-52 (:33). A photo of 6 of its 12 pilots is shown (:36), with an up-close shot of William Dana (:38), Milton Thompson (:41), William Knight (:43), John McKay (:46), Joe Engle (:48), and Robert Rushworth (:50). These test pilots flew the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This patriotic, black and white film, produced to motivate railroad employees, was instructions on how to load freight and keep freight moving without damage. It was produced by Chicago film Laboratory, Inc. for the Association of American Railroad Freight Claim Division (formed 1934-1978) during World War II, which occurred between the years of 1939 and 1945. War scenes: anti-aircraft guns shooting, jeeps racing across the plains, flying aircraft, releasing parachutes, tanks rushing across the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This gorgeous silent home movie of Honolulu, Hawaii dates to the 1940s during WWII. There are soldiers and sailors visible throughout the film, and a signpost at the start of the film points to Guadalcanal, where American Marines were fighting the Japanese in the first major offensive land battle of the Pacific Campaign. At 1:00 mark, you will see downtown Honolulu including shots of Twin Coach buses on the streets. There is more material in downtown at the 4:50 mark. At 6:14 some local ladies...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This period newsfilm depicts the beach landings which took place on June 6th, 1944. This was the Allied invasion during WW2 and it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. It was released by British Information Services (:12) and opens with European citizens opening their windows and leaning out on the morning of D-Day (:31). Heads are titled to the skies as the drone of heavy-laden planes had been heard throughout the night (:34). An Evening Standard paper is seen with a headline reading...
Topics: Act, Fact, D Day, June 6, 1945, British, Normandy, Invasion, Stock Footage
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One of two stunning 16mm home movies shot by Ward Harris in the 1930s, this color film shows scenes of the U.K. including Scotland as it appeared before WWII. Harris was an Edison Mimeograph dealer in San Francisco in the late 1920s and an avid collector of things related to Thomas Edison. His famous collection included phonographs, batteries, light bulbs and other electrical equipment including Edison toasters, etc. and was so large that at one point an inventory revealed it had 50,000 items....
Topic: Stock Footage
This “confidential” Cold War-era United States Navy training film follows the Sonobuoy Indicator Group AN/AQA-1. The expendable sonobuoy was developed during World War II in response to the devastating destruction of Allied shipping in the Atlantic caused by German U-boats. The simple radio-linked listening device, thrown out of an aircraft, proved revolutionary. The indicator is shown at mark  01:18  as the narrator explains its operation and types, including the Range-Only Echo-Ranging...
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Made in 1967 by Central Studio in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Socialist Revolution, this historic Soviet film celebrates the founding of the Red Army by Lenin, and the present-day military might of the Soviet Union. The film presents a rare look at Soviet strategic capabilities in the era immediately after the Cuban Missile Crisis. (Note: this version of the film is dubbed in Arabic, and is not in Russian).  Narration: ( 00:00 ) "This movie is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of...
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Caterpillar presents “The Color of Danger,” a circa 1960 safety film. With a jazzy soundtrack, the film reminds its viewer that signs can’t be everywhere that danger might appear so it’s up to employees to remain vigilant on the job and to think ahead. Forklift operators are shown going about their daily routines in the opening minutes of the film and at mark  02:00  uses a coloring book-inspired animation sequence to show what dangers might be labeled “red” if possible —...
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This black and white film showcasing two Olympic divers and a beauty contest at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was produced by Jerry Courneya and Jerry Frankel for Courneya Productions either after 1948 or after 1952, as Dr. Lee is mentioned as winning the Olympic 10-meter platform, which he did at both. The bathing suits also reflect late 1940s and early 1950s styles. The narrator is James Matthews and the sound produced by Cinesound. It opens scanning the crowd surrounding the Beverly Wilshire...
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This film from 1942 depicts parts of the North Africa Campaign of WW2, as well as from the Allied forces' advance on New Guinea. It is presented by Official Films (:12) and opens with a promotion to buy more war bonds. (The US Treasury Department pushed for citizens to buy more bonds in order to finance WW2.) (:22). US forces are seen heading into Higgins boats for the landing on North Africa (:31) and British and US invasion fleets moved towards Africa from the British Isles (:49). This was...
Topics: Official Films, news Thrills, 1942, Operation Torch, North Africa, Stock Footage
The 1954 CBS / University of Arkansas produced documentary “The Search for Yokum Creek,” depicted the search for the origins of an Elizabethan ballad, “The Two Sisters.” The film begins with an exterior shot of the University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center building where the presenter/narrator, Charles Romine begins by providing a few details about the upcoming investigation they are about to set out on (:42). Mary Celestia Parler, the founder of the Arkansas Folklore Society, an English...
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This 1920s or 30s vintage silent home movie titled "The Quest for the Boojum Tree", shows a botany expedition to Mexico mounted by prominent residents of Tucson, Arizona. It includes a segment about the making of tequila. The names of the persons in the expedition (according to the title cards) were Kreider, Shreve, Sykes, Gilbert, Graham, Hobbs and "Joe", Uhlela, and "the Photographer." "Shreve" is most likely Forrest Shreve, a botanist and desert plant...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 194? black and white US Navy Training Film MN-1512d Advanced Typing – Duplicating and Manuscript provides the basics for using a typewriter to prepare masters for duplication. Various typewriters are shown in use. A female Navy instructor explains how to make a master for duplicating machines. This includes placing the sheet inside the Copi-Rite stencil holder, shifting the ribbon indicator to the stencil position, inserting it into the typewriter, and adjusting the paper bail rollers. A...
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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 were pilots used for forward air control by the Central Intelligence Agency. This film focuses on 1968. ( 00:00:00 ) Kim Chi with friends walking down street in Tuy Hoa, Viet-Nam. ( 00:00:31 ) American soldiers on Personnel Carrier in Tuy Hoa valley. ( 00:00:39 ) U.S. Army command post in Tuy Hoa valley. ( 00:01:00 ) U.S. Army on Personnel Carrier. (...
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Made by AT&T in the 1970s to explain the communications revolution and the role that fiber optics plays in it, LIGHTWAVE opens with a dramatization of Alexander Graham Bell's photophone test, which transmitted his voice via reflected sunlight beams - all the way back in 1880. The film then explores the technological developments over the years which led to lightwave communications trials in the 1970s. The film ends with a look into the future at the possible telecommunications benefits of...
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This is a 1945 era, black and white movie is presented by – The Commanding General South West Pacific Area, the "S.W.P.A. News". It has several installments and the first one is about the insecticide, “DDT” sprayed by C-47’s in liberated Manila to fight a deadly Typhus plague. The movie opens with C-47 Pilots going over a map and loading up with DDT to fumigate the city of Manila, 1:00. Planes fly over the city and deliver DDT to the city of Manila below, 1:14. DDT pseudonyms,...
Topic: Stock Footage
Produced by Martin Bovey Films and directed by Bon D. Grussing, Old Virginia is a short film that takes viewers on a historical tour of Virginia. The film opens with a shot of Mount Vernon (00:48) and the plantation’s view over the Potomac River. The film shows gardens on the grounds as well as the nearby Pohick Church (in Lorton, VA). The film then takes viewers to Jamestown, starting with the north bank of the river (02:10) and the Tercentennial Monument (an obelisk). Viewers also see an...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This 1947 episode of This Land of Ours, produced by Carl Dudley, takes viewers on a tour of the New England state of New Hampshire. The episode opens with shots of New Hampshire’s rivers, covered bridges, small towns, and the birthplace of famed orator Daniel Webster (01:04). At a granite quarry (01:11), a crane lifts a slab of granite. In the forest, two men saw down a tree. Lumber is hauled to Berlin (01:52), located on the Androscoggin River, where it is made into pulp and paper. The...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Pan Am’s World, produced by Peckham Productions USA in the 1970s, is a promotional film for Pan American Airlines. The film opens with a shot of a Pan Am DC-10 jet/clipper ( 00:52 ), and the narrator tells viewers that Pan Am flies to more than 120 different places on 6 continents. Intercontinental hotels are at many of the destinations, providing luxuriously comfortable lodging. Pan Am also operates the world’s largest private communications system ( 01:50 ), connecting all the different...
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This black & white educational film is about some of the tourist attractions and big cities to see in South America, primarily focusing on Argentina and Brazil but also including images in Peru. This is copyright 1941, and features footage that was shot in the 1930s. Opening: South American Vista (:06-:09). The Andes Mountains loom.  Flowing waters below the equator in South America. Horses walk by. A man sits atop a horse. The iconic Gaucho, or cowboy. Argentina beef. Peru, people in the...
Topics: South American Vista, 1941, Travelogue, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Buenos Aires Rio, Stock Footage,...
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Produced in the 1980s at the peak of Cold War paranoia, this Grumman Aerospace film discusses the theoretical first five days of air combat that would occur in the event of an outbreak of hostilities between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. It emphasizes the EF-111A electronic warfare and penetrating aircraft's capabilities as part of the tactical package, performing jamming of Soviet radars. The film showcases the capabilities of the USAF and its high tech weapons and examines the Soviet threat. It...
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This black-and-white Douglas Aircraft Company “welcome film” dates to the early 1960s but begins with a 1924 proclamation: “World Cruisers Make Aviation History New York, N.Y.” — a nod to an accomplishment by the company after the first around-the-world flight was by a team of aviators of the United States Army Air Service (predecessor of the U.S. Air Force) using a modified Douglas DT.The trip took 175 days and covered nearly 28,000 miles. The celebration of the final landing in...
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Made in the late 1970s, THE FABULOUS PHANTOM celebrates the completion of the 5000th F-4 Phantom. The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor aircraft/fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a...
Topics: The Fabulous Phantom II, F-4, Phantom, McDonnell, Aircraft
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Beyond the West Coast of the United States are 85 million square miles of ocean, stretching from the Aleutian Islands in the north to the South Pole; past the Hawaiian Islands and onto Guam and the Philippines and continuing to Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean and beyond. In total, about 40 percent of the globe are covered by those waters — and are the responsibility of the United States Pacific Command. That dramatic narrative introduces the viewer to this color film and the unified...
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This black and white 1944 War Department Official Training Film TF21 2067 Army Service Forces is Part 1 of two parts (Part 2 is 28924). It opens with a man using a reel mower outside a house with a picket fence. The mailman hands him mail (:36-:53). It’s a draft notice to appear for his pre-induction physical examination on May 15, 1944 (:54). A neighbor home on leave agrees to tell him about the Army. Men enter the Armed Forces Induction Station ( 2:27 - 2:44 ). They are given a bag to put...
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This extremely rare silent film shows the 1927 Dole Air Race from Oakland, California to Honolulu Hawaii. The race was one of the most tragic episodes in aviation history, costing ten human lives and destroying six aircraft. More on this below: The Dole Air Race, also known as the Dole Derby, was a tragic air race across the Pacific Ocean from northern California to the Territory of Hawaii in August 1927. Of the 15-18 airplanes entered, eleven were certified to compete but three crashed before...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Dating to 1948, this delightful 16mm silent home movie shows views of Washington D.C., Boston and New York City in color. The film begins in Times Square where "Easter Parade" and "Abbott and Costello vs. Frankenstein" are playing. At :51, you will see a U.S. Air Force F-84 Thunderjet outside the recruiting station. At :54 the Empire State Building is shown. A view from the Observation Deck is seen at 1:01 . At 1:23 the cameraman is in a more rural area. At 1:35 , a two...
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Made in the 1940s, this portrait of Tibet the "land of isolation" begins with images of the Himalayas, with the "deepest valleys still 11,000 feet above the sea". At  1:10 , yaks are seen being used as transport animals, and at  1:36  a small village is seen. The narrator notes that the country has a population at this time of 3 million (today's population is roughly double this figure). At  1:55 , a Buddhist shrine is seen, and at  2:11  a traditional house. At  2:25...
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This silent, color home movie shows a visit to a carnival as well as Disneyland in Anaheim, California, most likely in the late 1950s. The film begins at a carnival attraction, possibly located at the Los Angeles Farmer's Market. A woman and some children on the carousel (:00). Little girls ride in the Ferris Wheel (kiddie version) (:13). A little girl rides in a rocket ship ride that goes round and round (:37). A little girl rides a pony (:49). At 1:55, the film switches to Disneyland, where a...
Topic: Stock Footage
This early 1950s color long advertising film is the story of the Weber Dental Manufacturing Company in Canton, Ohio. An 1896 photo of Henry Ernst Weber, a pharmacist in Canton, Ohio, is shown. His first invention was a dental cuspidor. A reenactment shows Weber creating a miniature fountain within a brass bowl. Water runs in a future dental cuspidor version made of opaque self-cleaning glass (:50-3:03). A late 1800s dental office is shown.  Mr. Weber also invented a dental chair that could be...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Dating to 1970, "AIRPLANE TRIP" was the fourth edition Encyclopedia Brittanica film to bear that name. The progress of aviation in the years between the first version in the 1930s was so much as to make new versions necessary every decade or so. This film takes place at LAX airport in Los Angeles, with passengers boarding a National Airlines flight from LA to Miami (:48). Stewardesses are loading into a van as they have arisen early at the Huntley House Hotel to prepare for the flight...
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"Pacific Adventure: A True Story of the Sea" is a Kodak Informational Film, produced by Mattco Associates, documenting the voyage of a 65-foot yacht across the South Pacific. The Thane left Tahiti on 26 October 1965 and arrived in Panama on 12 January 1966. The story is filmed and narrated by Don Null, and begins in Tahiti (00:15), where three strangers arrive at the airport (00:44): Wallace “Wally” Smith, Doctor Harold Hartl, and Mark Gross. These three answered an ad in a...
Topic: Stock Footage
In this episode of Richfield’s Success Story, a television series that profiles successful businesses with a connection to Richfield oil products, viewers see the Portland, OR production plant of Sawyer’s, Inc., where the popular View-Masters are manufactured. The film opens with a child looking through a View-Master. Footage shows one of the reels that features a fairytale scene with Pinocchio, Captain Hook, and Santa Claus. The show’s host, Bill Nielson, shows a shelf lined with models...
Topic: Stock Footage
This film "Within this Decade" draws its title from John F. Kennedy's speech, which challenged America to land a man on the Moon by the end of the 1960s. The movie presents a summary of NASA's progress and traces the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.   The film opens with shots of the Moon’s cratered surface (:25) and the title screen (1:25). Unmanned space crafts were tested and developed in NASA’s research centers (1:58). The footage shown was collected from unmanned space...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1959 color film "Mission: Sonic Boom" was made at a time when the U.S. Air Force was experiencing criticism for its pilots exceeding Mach 1.0 in training exercises -- producing sonic booms as they raced through the sound barrier that disrupted civilian life and caused property damage. The film represents a public relations effort by Koppers Co., which made sound deadening equipment, attempting to equate the sound of a sonic boom with freedom. Producer Koppers Co. is a global...
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This black & white film was used to promote American Airways, which was renamed American Airlines in 1934. The film begins with a brief prelude that was likely made in the 1950s, the bulk of the production (after the first :30) is 1934 (or 1933). Opening title: FLY AMERICAN!, The Movement of Man, Mail, and Merchandise Through the Skies (:06-:49). An biplane passenger plane the Curtiss T-32 Condor II is shown flying through the sky. A man visits an American Airways ticket office, probably in...
Topic: Stock Footage
Dating to 1961, this silent promotional film shows the Bisbee - Douglas International Airport in Southern Arizona. The film includes shots of Douglas, Arizona at 8:20 including the Southern Pacific railroad station at 8:30.  The Gadsden Hotel is visible at 9:30, as well as the Phelps Dodge Mercantile Company and Valley National Bank and Arizona Public Service Company (11:20).  At 12:55 the copper smelter is visible. At 15:16 the border crossing  / Port of Entry with Agua Prieta, Mexico is...
Topic: Stock Footage
This color travel film is about the country of Spain and flying Iberia Airlines to get there. There is no copyright but based on research this is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s. It is narrated by Ricardo Montalbán. Opening: sun in the distance, castle walls, sheep walk down a street, windmills move, an altar boy rings a church bell on its roof, a priest walks by, a Spanish castle. This is Spain. An atomic powerplant shares the view with a statue of Columbus, facing the water. A man rides a...
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Created by Gulf Oil, "One Heartbeat Away" looks at the Gulf McClaren team in the 1973 Indianapolis 500 Race. The film starts with a look at the car driven by Peter Jeffrey Revson (February 27, 1939 – March 22, 1974). He was an American race car driver and heir to the Revlon cosmetics fortune. He was a two time Formula One race winner and had success at the Indianapolis 500, who was tragically killed in an accident at the South African Grand Prix. Johnny Rutherford his teammate...
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An apprentice officer, Niko Catsis, tells the story of life aboard the S.S. Olympia. The film shows the excitement of leaving New York harbor, activities on the bridge, in the engine room, galleys, dining rooms, and passengers' and crew's quarters. Illustrates the use of radar to make sailing safe. 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...
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One of a number of short films sold to the public for home entertainment during WWII, this film shows the activities of German U-boats on the high seas. The boat featured is that of Captain Luth, U-181, whose boat sank 47 Allied merchant ships and a submarine during WWII. He became the first of just two naval officers to win the Third Reich's highest award for valor.  The film shows Luth and U-181 deploying into the Atlantic, forming up into a Wolf Pack on orders from Admiral Donitz ( 1:51 ),...
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This film features the US Navy efforts in removing Japanese forces from the Philippine Islands at the end of WW2 in 1945. It was produced in cooperation with the US Army Pictorial Services (:14) and begins with an air strike on Manila (:27). Carrier planes of the 3rd fleet targeted enemy shipping in Manila and air fields and other installations including Cavite Navy Yard on Luzon Island (:39). Aerial footage of the attacks follows (:53) during which two enemy destroyers were hit, one light...
Topics: 1945, US Navy, Combat Bulletin, Liberation Of Luzon, Philippines, Stock Footage
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This 1960s color film is about WABCO Motor Graders (LeTourneau-Westinghouse) and made by WABCO Earthmoving Equipment, Peoria, IL. The film opens with motor graders in action along the side of roads, including a 440H. A closeup of mud rolling in front of the blade from the operator’s point of view is shown (:04- 1:54 ). Preventive Maintenance. The Operator’s Guide is shown for the Models 666 and 777; the H and NH series; In-Line 71 Engines Detroit Diesel; Model 330, 330H, and Model 440. The...
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This 1950s black and white film about water, gas, and electricity in the home is a Churchill-Wexler Film Production directed by Gunther von Fritsch. A boy scoops water into a bucket from a stream and starts up a steep hill.  His sister joins and they carry it together, Jack-and-Jill style (:14-:44). The boy turns on the kitchen water faucet and fills a glass. Faucet handles are turned at a sink and the bathtub. A close-up of the water at the bathtub faucet is shown.  Adult feet move the water...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Created as part of a series of educational films called "Ripples", 55 TO GET READY traces all the preparations for the flight of a TWA airplane from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles. It opens with a Trans World plane ( 1:14 ). Two characters are flying from DC to California and as they receive their boarding passes, LAX stickers are wrapped around their luggage ( 1:43 ). The information that at least fifty-five people must complete their jobs before the plane may take off follows (...
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This black and white film about Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz contains graphic WWII footage. Ocean waves roll as a destroyer’s guns fire at Japanese ships. Nimitz boards to salutes (:17- 1:01 ). 1942, Japanese footage shows its Pacific fleet protected by airplanes. Japanese soldiers practice fighting with bayonets attached. Japanese General Tojo attends a party where Japanese and Nazi swastika flags hang on the wall ( 1:02 - 2:12 ).   Nimitz boards. Crew move torpedoes across the desk ( 2:13...
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Produced by Sun Dial Films Inc. in the 1960s, Traditions Old, Traditions New (MN-10365e) is a U.S. Navy film that shows viewers how the Navy is adapting to the times with a new Guided Missile Destroyer, also referred to as a DDG ship. The film opens with a shot of a statue in the National Cemetery at Arlington, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and national monuments in Washington, D.C. Sailors get off a bus at Norfolk, VA and board the new DDG-23 USS Richard E. Byrd, a Charles F. Adams-class...
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Heritage of the Hornet is a short 1970s film from McDonnell Douglas that looks at the heritage of the McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornet—a heritage that is a history of naval ships, starting with the first Hornet in 1775 up through the eighth Hornet, which was decommissioned in 1970. The film opens with shots of the ocean, waves rolling in and hitting against rocks, and U.S. Navy ships at sea. A plane takes off from an aircraft carrier (01:22). Marines march in full uniform. An aerial view shows a...
Topics: Heritage, USS Hornet, 1970, WWII, World War II, F-18 Hornet, Stock Footage
Rescued from the garbage bin of Rockwell International's defunct facility in Los Angeles, this silent film (which once had a soundtrack -- but we didn't find one in the dumpster so this is shown silent) features footage of the B-1 Bomber mock-up and General Dynamics' YF-16 Fighting Falcon prototype. The B-1 mock-up fuselage shown was made almost entirely of wood and debuted in 1971. At 3:10 engineers and U.S. Air Force maintenance crew are shown examining the mock-up and demonstrating how the...
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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...
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'My Japan' is a 1945 American anti-Japanese propaganda short film produced to spur sale of American war bonds. The film takes the form of a mock travelogue of Japan, presented by an impersonated Japanese narrator.   The film was produced by the War Finance Division, a division of the United States Office of War Information, which was responsible for promoting the sale of all securities offered to the public by the Treasury Department. The 1945 United States Government Manual outlines their...
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US Air Force the T38A Talon is a color training film made for the United States Air Force, #TF 1-5394 was produced in 1962. The purpose of this film is to teach pilots to use instrumentation when flying. The film opens with a U. S. Air Force Northrop T-38 Talon flying through the air ( 0:34 - 0:52 ). Instrument flying using the T-38 flight director system ( 0:53 - 0:59 ). Showing the instrument panel of the T-37 compared to improved panel of T-38 ( 1:22 - 1:44 ). Attitude indicator, or AI, also...
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"The Frozen War" recounts the The Polar Bear Expedition (also known as the Northern Russian Expedition, the American North Russia Expeditionary Force - ANREF or the American Expeditionary Force North Russia - AEFNR), a contingent of about 5,000 United States Army troops that landed in Arkhangelsk, Russia as part of the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War and fought the Red Army in the surrounding region during the period of September 1918 through July 1919. The Polar Bear...
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This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This color film produced by NASA, an Aeronautics and Space Report has 3 segments. The first is about Apollo 9 just before its launch on March 3, 1969 (:32). A ticker tape parade is held in New York for the astronauts of Apollo 8, William Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman (:40-:52). These men were in the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth’s orbit, circle the moon, and return safely. The Apollo 9 astronauts are Rusty Schweickart, James McDivitt, and David Scott (:052- 1:14 ). The command...
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This 1960s film is from Pacific Telephone Company which was founded in 1906 and has headquarters in San Francisco, California and it was to be used for employees of the company. It takes a look at safety standards and the notion of personal responsibility for safety on and off the job. It opens with a slew of traffic and warning signs as we are constantly bombarded with signs telling us to avoid accidents (:36) though human error still is prevalent as a man places a cigarette butt next to a...
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This educational film is about the Soviet Union present day. It was made in 1951 by the United States Army Strategic Intelligence School as part of its curriculum. (Area Film Studies), Number 1: USSR (:06-:33). Mother Russia, Kremlin in Moscow. Birds, flowers in Russia. A farmer amongst grazing cattle. A revolution, people run, the Communist Party. Flags fly, the hammer and sickle, the USSR. It is several times larger than the USA. Soldiers march holding guns. The USSR has four types of...
Topics: 1951, US Army, Intelligence, School, Analysys, Soviet Union, Russia, Stock Footage
"230,000 Will Die" is a 1954, black and white film that opens with narrator Charles Cameron, M.D., medical director of the American Cancer Society, speaking to the camera. This groundbreaking film about medical research was presented by the American Cancer Society. Its purpose is to warn Americans to take early action on their cancer as it can be treated and save lives. To a modern audience, the film is notable because of what it does not focus on -- for example smoking is not...
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Made in the 1960s, this travelogue of Bermuda, the British Crown Colony, shows it at a moment in time just before the jet airplane made the islands a gigantic tourist mecca.  The film emphasizes Bermuda's beaches, tourist industry, golf courses, sport fishing, sailing, resorts and its lack of crowds and roads.  A primitive form of snorkeling wearing a hard hat helmet is seen at the 6 minute mark.  Calypso drummers are seen at the 7 minute mark.   Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory in...
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In this short U.S. Air Force Aerospace Defense Command News Digest, No. 94 “Fours For Defense,” viewers see how the 57th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (the “Black Knights”) based in Keflavik, Iceland. The year 1975 saw the Black Knights convert from using Convair F-102 Delta Daggers to McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom IIs for running scramble sorties when Soviet aircraft enter the NATO airspace. The digest opens with a shot of two Air Force men playing pool. A siren sounds and they quickly...
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This film, "Smoking and Lung Cancer" dates to 1960 and was an early attempt to show the deleterious effects of cigarettes. The film depicts an actual patient at the Royal Edward Chest Hospital in Montreal, Canada. The doctors perform diagnostic tests, assessment, and surgical preparation for the removal of a lung from a patient with a long history of cigarette smoking. The close link between smoking and lung cancer, as well as other diseases, is discussed as well but -- because of the...
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Made by the Department of the Army Air Force in 1942, "Aerial Navigation - Airways Flying" shows various procedures for pilots and air traffic control. The film discusses the need for civil aviation rules, procedures and operations and an air traffic control center and tower, the meaning of green, amber, red and blue airways, recommended procedures when navigation instruments fail, and rules for approaching and leaving airports. Includes interesting footage of WWII era telefax,...
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This historic NASA film shows the Apollo 7 mission -- the first mission in the United States' Apollo program to carry a crew into space. It was also the first U.S. spaceflight to carry astronauts since the flight of Gemini XII in November 1966. The AS-204 mission, also known as "Apollo 1", was intended to be the first manned flight of the Apollo program, scheduled to launch in February 1967. However, a fire in the cabin during a January 1967 test killed the crew. Manned flights were...
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This silent black and white travelogue film “Hawaii” was produced by Castle Films in the 1940s as part of “The World Parade” documentary series. The film displays segment cards. “After languid peaceful days on sapphire seas – Hawaii.” A cruise ship the SS Lurline is seen in the distance through palm trees and people waiting wave as the ship approaches (:20-:45). “A typical welcome, with proverbial ginger-blossom leis.” Women in a family greet each other with kisses and puts...
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