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Ephemeral Films

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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Made in 1947, "Human Growth" was the first film about human reproduction to be approved for screenings in American public schools. The film uses a film-within-a-film technique, showing a seventh-grade class as they view and discuss an animated movie which traces human growth from conception to adulthood. Differences in male and female structural development are emphasized. A mixed group of seventh grade youngsters in a class situation view and discuss the cartoon. "Human...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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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...
A/V Geeks
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This 14-minute film is designed to create an atmosphere in which people can speak seriously and openly about their thoughts and feelings concerning sexual behavior. The film concerns the conflict a young couple faces because of their different attitudes toward sex. At the point of maximum tension, the film ends and a narrator appears and poses questions to elicit a discussion of feelings, attitudes, and values. The publisher indicates that this film is appropriate for senior high students,...
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Topics: Adolescence, Sex instruction, Sex role.
A/V Geeks
by Tomorrow Entertainment
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Teenage Years Series Presents Marlo Thomas leading preadolescent and adolescent girls in an informal discussion about their changing bodies and emotions. This film can be purchased on DVD and higher quality versions of the film can be purchased for stock footage purposes. Contact footage@avgeeks.com for more information
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
A/V Geeks
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Help us get more films like this online! This film was digitized and uploaded thanks to contributions from this project: www.indiegogo.com/avgeeks100miles The American Social Health Association was always experimenting with new ways to educate the public about venereal disease. They helped produce the first VD education film, "Fit to Fight", in 1918 in order to educate soldiers being shipped abroad to fight in the first World War. Although this popular TV public service announcement...
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Topics: venereal disease, PSA, Sexually Transmitted Diseases
This short 1958 educational film from the American Cancer Society shows how to perform a routine pelvic examination and cytologic test for the detection of cancer of the uterus. The film opens with a woman sitting in an office of a physician. A nurse retrieves the patient from the office and takes her to an exam room. An illustration of the pelvis and cervix is used to show the development of uterine cancer. A chart shows the cure rates for the different stages of the cancer (03:30). A slide is...
Topic: Stock Footage
PeriscopeFilm
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Created by famed cameraman Burton Holmes, this short newsreel shows the "Streets of Paris" exhibition at the Chicago World's Fair "A Century of Progress" in 1933.  The risque nature of the exhibit is a bit dumbfounding to a modern audience, as it features a "nudist colony" and "live model" art class. However most of these appear to be sight gags of one kind or another. One sight that is something to behold is Sally Rand, who performs her famous fan dance...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
A/V Geeks
by NASA
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Shows the first manned mission in the U.S. Apollo manned lunar landing program. Shows three astronauts living and working aboard the Apollo command module during the 11-day flight. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
Topics: NASA, Apollo 7
PeriscopeFilm
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favorite 19

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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...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Uncle Si, 1929, Nudie Cutie, Short Film, Television Base Plot, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
A/V Geeks
by Linda Feferman
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Presents the story of a fifteen-year-old girl who experiences her menstrual period, describing the reaction of the girl and her sixteen-year-old boyfriend as they learn more about the subject of menstruation.
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Topics: Sex Education., Physiology., Reproduction., Women.
A/V Geeks
by Joan Cohen; Joan Pearlman
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Film presents a series of vignettes on the subject of women who are growing older.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: gender
PeriscopeFilm
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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
PeriscopeFilm
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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
PeriscopeFilm
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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
PeriscopeFilm
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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...
Topics: 1970, USAF, US Air Force, Soviet Aircraft, F-4, Phantom, Stock Footage
A/V Geeks
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The rude, clumsy puppet Mr. Bungle shows kids how to behave in the school cafeteria - the assumption being that kids actually want to behave during lunch. This film has a cult following since it appeared on a Pee Wee Herman HBO special. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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Topics: social engineering, puppet chaos
PeriscopeFilm
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This short, silent film from the 1940s features "Glamorous, Exciting Stars" -- pin-ups, dancers and burlesque acts. It was one of many films made during this era which were called "smokers", and ranged from harmless films like this one filled with posing, to more raunchy XXX movies. At  1:22  the film includes a segment featuring Josette, the "darling of the American Army in Africa and Italy" who was "photographed in Oran, North Africa in 1943". Josette...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
A/V Geeks
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This trippy tribute to our country's 200th birthday was funded by a Bicentennial Project Grant and animated by Vincent Collins who made other psychedelic cartoons. This film was produced by the United States Information Agency -the government's propaganda agency. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 16 reviews )
Topics: patriotism, propaganda
A/V Geeks
by U S Navy Dept
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Shows how to render necessary assistance in the emergency delivery of a baby. Tells how to determine when delivery is too imminent to risk transportation to a hospital and outlines procedures to follow during and immediately after delivery. This film can be purchased on DVD and higher quality versions of the film can be purchased for stock footage purposes. Contact footage@avgeeks.com for more information.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
A/V Geeks
by Philco-Ford Corp. [made by] Tom Thomas Organization.
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Illustrates the life of a family of the year 1999 A.D. living in a house that is completely functional in terms of advanced technology. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC . ***The quality of this clips isn't the best. We've located another print which we hope to digitize and get online sometime soon..
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 14 reviews )
Topics: future, Ford Motor, Wink Martindale, computers, Internet
A/V Geeks
by Modern Learning Aids
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PSSC Physics Films Series Presents a study of the extension of senses to deal with very short time intervals. Timing devices--moving cameras, pen recorders and an oscilloscope--are shown and explained. This film can be purchased on DVD and higher quality versions of the film can be purchased for stock footage purposes. Contact footage@avgeeks.com for more information
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A/V Geeks
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Anita Bryant (famous Florida orange juice and anti-gay spokeswoman) narrates this film that tries to simplify its drug abuse message with an analogy of kids putting together a contraption out of Lego blocks. Although the metaphors often don't make sense, the visual impact of the film is stunning and could easily be quite popular with individuals consuming illicit drugs. Also, like most anti-drug films, this could be a tempting introduction to drugs for some youths yearning to escape their...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 30 reviews )
Topic: drugs
PeriscopeFilm
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This footage from just after the 1967 Six Day War begins with footage from an Israeli beach where civilians are seen swimming and relaxing despite the sound of distant shell fire and transport jets screaming overhead. At 1:35 , the Israeli cabinet is seen emerging from an emergency meeting at military headquarters. Golda Meir addresses a camera crew at 2:40 , telling them to film the assembled soldiers. At 3:00 , an Israeli tank is seen on the move and at 3:09 Moshe Dayan is seen, probably in...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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This 1974 film is dedicated by the Chlorine Institute to the public interest. It is specifically intended to assist firefighters and other emergency services. The techniques demonstrated are appropriate for emergency use; different circumstances might require modified or additional procedure. The information is drawn from sources believed to be reliable. The Institute, its members any organizations cooperating in the development of this film, jointly or severally, cannot be responsible for how...
Topic: Stock Footage
PeriscopeFilm
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The Secret Land is a 1948 American documentary film about an American expedition code-named "Operation High Jump" to explore Antarctica. It won the Academy Award for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. This documentary, filmed entirely by military photographers, recounts the U.S. Navy's 1946-47 expedition to Antarctica, known as Operation High Jump. The expedition was under the overall command of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, no stranger to the Antarctic. This was a large...
Topics: Antarctica, U.S. Navy, Admiral Richard Byrd, 1946
PeriscopeFilm
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Shot by a news cameraman in the late 1950s or early 1960s, this film contains disturbing images of car accident aftermaths. It's unclear why this footage was shot, but we suspect it may have been intended to be shown to young drivers as part of driver's education or, another possibility, it was being shot to create a film about safe driving techniques. The footage is not in sequence and various locations are shown; and in some cases the accidents are clearly fatal. At  5:48 , a funeral home is...
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
A/V Geeks
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In hopes of keeping kids' attention, social engineering films would often use supernatural elements to make their points. In this film, we see a magic talking mirror that reflects bratty kids as clowns. Most of the misbehaving kids understand how their behavior is disruptive and make amends. Surprisingly, one kid doesnt care if he is a "clown" and continues being a jerk probably for the rest of his life. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film...
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Topic: social engineering
PeriscopeFilm
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HMS DRYAD is a 1970s recruiting film produced by International Cine for the British Royal Navy. The short film features a former student of the naval school in Hampshire, England, who trained there to become a Royal Navy Radar Operator. The film opens with a shot of a battleship at sea ( 00:16 ), as the narrator says that defense at sea in the 1970s has progressed a long way since the early days of naval warfare. One of the biggest advances is radar. The narrator, John Fox, says he went to...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
A/V Geeks
by Highway Safety Films.
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This film details the techniques used by amateur and professional shoplifters to steal over $6 billion in merchandise annually. Emphasizing how much of this stealing could be prevented ... A convicted shoplifter displays stealing methods under actual conditions and explains how employees could have prevented the thefts.
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Topics: Shoplifting, Retail trade -- Security measures.
PeriscopeFilm
by PeriscopeFilm
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Produced by McDonnell Douglas for the U.S. Navy, F-4 FLIGHT CHARACTERISTICS was a restricted film made for pilot training purposes. The opening features a fabulous montage of imagery comparing a fighter jock to a horse-riding cowboy.   The film also includes footage of a Moviola Library Viewer or LVR, a film viewing device made by the famed Moviola Corporation for the U.S. Military. An identical LVR is now used in the Periscope Film archive on a daily basis to view films.   The McDonnell...
Topics: F-4, Phantom, F-4 Phantom, US Navy, 1960, McDonnell Douglas
A/V Geeks
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On the surface, this film may seem like an average science film about time and space, but like most of films from the Moody Institute of Science, there is an ulterior motive. The films host Irwin Moon had an interest in science as a child and later incorporated that interest into his life as a pastor. He would tour the country giving his Sermons of Science where the marvels of science provide the visible evidence of a Divine plan of creation. His work with GIs during World War II showed him the...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 14 reviews )
Topic: religion vs. science
A/V Geeks
by Skip Elsheimer
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AV Geeks Lunch 7 08 2022 Computer-Assisted Design (partial) Color, Chemistry and Computers Ethics In the Computer Age Computers: Tools for People
Topics: 16mm, streaming
A/V Geeks
by NASA
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Astronaut Edward H.White is shown strolling in space, the first space walk by an American. Several on-board cameras capture outstanding photographic records of this breathtaking spacewalk. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
Topic: NASA, Gemini 4
PeriscopeFilm
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Created in 1961 by the Highway Safety Foundation and Safety Enterprises, Inc., MECHANIZED DEATH is a legendary driver's education scare film that underscores the dangers of speeding and reckless driving. Made in an era when automobiles lacked the kind of modern safety features and crash-resistant designs that we take for granted today, and featuring bloody accident footage supplied by the Ohio Highway Patrol, "Mechanized Death" reveals the highways and byways as nightmarish avenues of...
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Stock Footage
PeriscopeFilm
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This WWII War Bond film, titled simply "EVERY WAR BOND KILLS A JAP!", was made to encourage the purchase of bonds and stamps in support of the war effort.  The film contains startling images of Japanese war atrocities, including images of Chinese babies being thrown onto bayonets, the burying of human beings alive, the Nanking massacre, and wanton killing of civilians.  Justice for the soldiers of Japan is needed, and the film makes clear that the only way that these crimes will be...
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Massacre, War Crime, China, World War II
PeriscopeFilm
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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...
A/V Geeks
by NASA
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Professor Lynn Margulis of Boston University speaks before an audience of NASA employees in 1984 to explain the gaia hypothesis. This 30 minute video was produced by the Lewis Research Center as part of their NASA at Work series. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
Topics: NASA, environmental science
A/V Geeks
by NASA
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Achieves a first revolution rendezvous and docking. Includes extravehicular activity with astronaut Richard Gordon attaching a tether to the Agena for station keeping exercises. Points out that the Agena burn propels astronauts Conrad and Gordon to a new altitude record of 739.4 nautical miles with an utterly fantastic view of the earth. Features the first fully automatic reentry in the Gemini Program. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact...
Topics: NASA, Gemini 11
A/V Geeks
by Encyclopedia Britannica
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eye 660

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A story about three young boys who destroy a classroom is used in discussing factors which lead youngsters into destructive acts and in showing various ways of reducing vandalism. Describes the role of the family, community, school, and church in building moral and social responsibility in the youth of today; explains how young people can help combat vandalism by channeling their energies into community-sponsored  activities. We digitized and uploaded this film from the A/V Geeks Archives....
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Topic: vandalism
PeriscopeFilm
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favorite 4

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Uranium Prospecting is a documentary promoting the everyday fortunes that may be made hunting for the rare element uranium-235.   The film shows the methods of amateurs, hobbyists, and vacationing families who manage to supplement their income and explore the great outdoors at the same time.   The opening titles of the film have a distinct Mid-Century look with glowing animated letters that zoom in over a globe.   Following dramatic music the viewer is introduced to uranium as unrefined...
Topics: Uranium Prospecting, 1950, Nuclear Energy, Atomic Energy. Stock Footage
A/V Geeks
by Frank Capra Productions
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Part of the Bell Science series. The story of the science of language and linguistics centered around plot to destroy the alphabet and all language. Features Dr. Frank Baxter and the brilliant Hans Conried. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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This extraordinary silent film dates to 1925 and presents a tour of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in Culver City, California — today the Sony Pictures Studios. The film opens at 1:33 with a sweeping shot of the studio lot. At 3:30 the studio gate on Washington Blvd. is shown and at 3:55 , the studio's wire to New York (a telegraph!) At 4:00 MGM's main building on Washington Blvd. is seen with Model T Fords running past. At 6:37 Stage 14 is shown under construction; it is one of many on the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
A/V Geeks
by Frank Capra Productions
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favorite 170

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From the description in Rick Prelinger's Field Guide to Sponsored Films: Popular scientific film directed by Frank Capra that launched the Bell System Science series. Combining animation and live action, Our Mr. Sun uses a scientist-writer team to present information about the sun and its importance to humankind. NOTE: Produced in Technicolor, the film was originally telecast in 1956 and 1957 to 9 million homes; some 600 16mm prints were distributed to schools and community organizations...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews )
Topics: sun, bell science series, science, animation
PeriscopeFilm
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One of the all time most infamous of the highway safety scare film genre, HIGHWAY OF AGONY was made by Highway Safety Films of Mansfield, Ohio. This was the filmmaking arm of the Highway Safety Commission, an organization responsible for haunting the dreams of an entire generation of young drivers. In this era, when safety belts were not mandatory and air bags were yet a distant dream, and things like disc brakes and powered steering had yet to be widely adopted, America's highways were the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
A/V Geeks
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favorite 206

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The story of what science has learned about the human senses and how they function. Includes documentary sequences. Subtitle files thanks to Elizabeth Hillman: GatewaysToTheMind.qt.smil GatewaysToTheMind.en_US.qt.txt To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
PeriscopeFilm
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favorite 6

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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,...
PeriscopeFilm
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Directed by Dr. Futer, MAN AGAINST MOUNT EVEREST shows the 1952 Swiss Mount Everest expedition led by Edouard Wyss-Dunant.  His team including Raymond Lambert and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached a height of about 8,595 metres (28,199 ft) on the southeast ridge, setting a new climbing altitude record, opening up a new route to Mount Everest and paving the way for further successes by other expeditions. The oxygen sets were barely operable and when the two men continued in the morning, they were...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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favorite 2

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This late 1940s film pays tribute to Manolete, one of the great Spanish bullfighters and one whose death after being gored in 1947 remains as one of the sport's iconic moments. Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez (4 July 1917 – 29 August 1947), better known as Manolete, was a Spanish bullfighter. He rose to prominence shortly after the Spanish Civil War and is considered by some[who?] to be the greatest bullfighter of all time. His style was sober and serious, with few concessions to the...
Topic: Stock Footage
A/V Geeks
movies

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favorite 157

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This film was made to instruct police officers on the basics of childbirth and to show them an actual birth - mostly so they wouldn't panic or pass out when confronted with such a scenario. WARNING! The poor acting by actual police officers and doctors and low production values in this film make the live birth scene even more shocking than others from this genre. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 29 reviews )
Topics: police training, miracle of birth
PeriscopeFilm
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favorite 12

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The Red Adair Co., Inc. presents “The Devil’s Cigarette Lighter.” This circa 1962 color film features the first person narration of famed oil well fire fighter Red Adair, who takes you step by step as he and his fire fighters (including Boots Hansen and Coots Mathews) extinguished the oil well fire that put the Red Adair Company on the map and made him a celebrity. The natural gas well fire was nicknamed “The Devil’s Cigarette Lighter. The fire, in the Sahara Desert of Algeria,...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
A/V Geeks
by George Thurman, Chuck Ungar
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favorite 86

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Kevin, feeling very sad and lonely after spending his first day in a new junior high school meets a young girl on his bus ride home who drops a pencil and suddenly disappears. Is this mysterious young girl a ghost of a girl who died on a bus years before? Why is she so adamant that Kevin learn bus safety rules? Like many films from the late 1970s and early 1980s, this film uses supernatural elements to keep kids' attention. To license this film and get a higher quality version for...
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Topics: school bus society, kids in peril
A/V Geeks
movies

eye 36,207

favorite 19

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This 15-minute video shows the extensive testing procedures applied to the Mercury spacecraft before rollout. It also shows the rollout, launch attempts, and the final launch. A failed launch occurred on November 21, 1960 due to an electrical malfunction, but Mercury-Redstone 1A was launched successfully on December 17, 1960. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
Topics: NASA, Mercury
A/V Geeks
by NASA
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favorite 51

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Traces the major accomplishments of the Gemini manned space-flight program and their relationships to the Apollo lunar landing program. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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Topics: NASA, Gemini 12
A/V Geeks
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eye 39,074

favorite 138

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Presents the origin of the banjo, the development of southern folk music and its influence upon Americans. Pete Seeger plays his banjo and narrates the story. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 13 reviews )
Topic: American folk music
A/V Geeks
by Skip Elsheimer
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AV Geeks Lunch 7 12 2022 Hardness and Impact Tests Brass Choir, The (1931) We Were There Half A Year Apart Reflections on Time
Topics: 16mm, streaming
A/V Geeks
by NASA
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favorite 4

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Begins with the unmanned Gemini I launch in early 1964 and concludes with the recovery of the Gemini II space capsule following the early January 1965 launch. Explains the purposes behind the Gemini Program in testing the various systems and sub-systems necessary to manned space flight. Explains the intricacies of the various systems, their purposes and functions. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
Topics: NASA, Gemini 1
A/V Geeks
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eye 33,566

favorite 100

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The classic fable is told with live trained bears and a cloyingly sweet young girl. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: kids and kritters, kids in peril
This 1959 black and white educational film is about the July 16, 1959 failed launch of a Juno II missile carrying an Explorer satellite, known throughout the film only as Project 16. The film was produced by Carousel Films for the North American Aviation Space and Information Systems Division, Quality & Reliability Assurance. It is narrated by Edward R. Murrow for CBS News. Shown are the Project 16 rocket with its satellite payload. Those shown for their involvement to compete against the...
Topic: Stock Footage
A/V Geeks
by Skip Elsheimer
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AV Geeks Lunch 7 11 2022 Pageantry In India Spelling is Easy Access Piercing The Unknown
Topics: 16mm, streaming
A/V Geeks
by Encyclopedia Britannica
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Illustrates various roles of the horse in modern life, and traces the development and training of a colt until he becomes a prize saddle horse at three years of age. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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Made in the 1950s (or possibly the late 1940s) by Ciba Pharmaceutical Products with the co-operation of the U.S. Air Force and the University of Chicago Medical Center, this film shows the use of Nupercaine (a form of dibucaine) spinal anesthetic in the vaginal delivery of triplets. At the time this type of spinal anesthesia (now commonplace) was fairly new. The first use of similar continuous caudal anesthesia in a laboring woman was on January 6, 1942, when the wife of a United States Coast...
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AV Geeks Lunch 7 06 2022 The Ant: Nature's Craftsman Wind and the River Your Sleep and Rest Safety on the School Bus Magic Power Called Portland Cement
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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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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
This late 1960s educational color film (#14-677) provides an operational overview for programming the key punch on the IBM 029 Key Punch machine, which was introduced in 1964. It is one of a seven-part series produced by Moreland-Latchford and distributed by Sterling Educational Films. This film reviews the program unit, the components of a program on a punched card, preparing program cards, programming a program card, and the verifier component of the IBM 029. The film opens with a shot of a...
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This cautionary tale was aimed towards young, thrill-seeking teens. The exciting car chase at the end of the film may have glamorized joy-riding to students more than actually demonize it. If nothing else, the film reveals the primary perpetrator of auto thefts - bored, horny boys. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC . Test
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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
The Secret Land is a 1948 American documentary film about an American expedition code-named "Operation High Jump" to explore Antarctica. It won the Academy Award for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. This documentary, filmed entirely by military photographers, recounts the U.S. Navy's 1946-47 expedition to Antarctica, known as Operation High Jump. The expedition was under the overall command of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, no stranger to the Antarctic. This was a large...
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This silent German film "Mit Kruezer Emden In Die Welt" shows the exploits of the light cruiser Emden in World War II, starting with footage shot in 1936/1937. The film shows the ship cruising to Cagliari, Sardinia at  1:14 , with rare footage shot aboard the ship showing crew activities including cleaning, sewing, laundry, etc. At  2:30  the ship arrives to a heroic welcome in Sardinia. At  3:03 , the title card states "a visit to the Opera Ballila", or the Opera...
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Private Snafu imagines the good times his family is having back home while he's stationed in the Arctic. Technical Fairy First Class shows that even his family is helping with the war effort - his dad building tanks, his mom planting a Victory Garden, Grandpa riveting battleships, and his girl joining the WAC's and even the family's horse is pitching in. This is one of 26 Private SNAFU ('Situation Normal, All Fouled Up) cartoons made by the US Army Signal Corps to educate and boost the morale...
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This 1934 black and white film reenacts one of the legends of Pele, and was apparently shot in Hawaii. It was produced by Alfred Weller, Alfred Grasso, and Lawrence Barber, copyright Elmer Clifton of The Beverly Hills Exchanges, and narrated by actor Gayne Whitman. The sun rises through palm trees in the South Sea Islands ( 1:06 ). A Polynesian women hand-squeezes liquid into a coconut shell bowl ( 1:16 - 1:25 ). Polynesian men carry bundles of bananas on poles between them ( 1:26 - 1:37 ). A...
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Fortuna Films Corp. Productions presents a 1950’s era, black and white movie called, Pin-Up Girl, by Russell Patterson. Va-va-voom!  Pin-up girls in the movie are Leona Fredericks, Ruth Sitarr, Dorothy Partington (who was featured in Life Magazine during the war posing with clothes made out of stamps) and Hollywood actress Carol Ohmart, 00:46. Directed by Hudson Faussett, photographed by Charles Beeland and narrated by Alan Prescott. The movie was produced by J. Caswell Martin. The movie...
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Shows the view of the spacecraft turning around, adapter jettison, re-entry control systems thrusters firing, parachute deployment and recovery of the spacecraft as recorded by on-board cameras of the Gemini II spacecraft. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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This promotional film by North American Rockwell shows R.A. "Bob" Hoover performing maneuvers in the Shrike Commander. The Shrike was a twin piston-engined business aircraft which developed a rather staid reputation, one that Rockwell hired Hoover to debunk. As this film documents, Hoover more than did that -- showing how an aircraft not designed for stunt flying could perform incredibly well.   The Aero Commander 500 family is a series of light-twin piston-engined and turboprop...
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Help us get more films like this online! This film was digitized and uploaded thanks to contributions from this project: www.indiegogo.com/avgeeks100miles Points out that the bicycle rider is responsible for maintaining the bicycle in good condition, obeying traffic rules and watching out for others. The film also reads like a laundry list of hazardous things to attempt on your bicycle! Those familiar with Lawrence, Kansas (Centron's home) may recognize some landmarks.
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