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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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This color educational film is about how oil is drilled for and found. This was by the Shell Company. This is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s. Men climb a tower. Opening titles: OIL, a Shell Film (:08-:21). Large ship on a river near a city. Cars whiz down a California freeway. A train goes over a bridge. An airliner flies. A luxury ship goes by. A boat on a river with south Pacific Islanders. A water wheel. A boy sleds in the snow and goes by an oilman. Close on machine parts. Closeup of oil...
Topics: Shell oil, Shell, Promo Film, Exploration, Recovery, Refining, North Sea, Saudi Arabia, Stock...
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In the 1945 Department of the Navy film, DAMAGE CONTROL describes the effect on the metacenter of changes in the value of "G" relationship of metacenter height with range of stability, and initial stability in terms of displacement. At (00:00:50:00) , we see a pontoon stability experiment, and the metacenter’s effect on buoyancy. Vintage footage of American sailors and ships at port can be seen at (00:06:12:00). More vintage footage of ships at sea appears at (00:08:30:00) and...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Damage Center, Training Film, Metacenter, Stability, Stock Footage
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Produced in the 1940s for the U.S. Navy, THE BASIC CAMERA provides a brief historical overview of the camera, including the famed camera obscure, before showing modern photographic equipment and techniques. Box cameras, bellows cameras, and other specialized equipment is shown. At the 13 minute mark the film also shows a motion picture camera with a turret, and explains the operation of the shutter. A Graflex camera is seen at the 9:00 mark and following, including a high speed camera at the 10...
Topics: US Navy, Basic Photography, Motion Picture, Cameras, Stock Footage
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“Operation Hideout” was an episode of the CBS television series Navy Log, originally airing on February 20, 1957. (The series was touted as a military drama based on true naval stories.) This episode was produced and directed by Samuel Gallu and starred Ward Costello, Crahan Denton, and Paul Richards. Made in an era before submariners made trips around the world underwater without surfacing, "Operation Hideout" may seem a bit silly to the modern viewer. However in the 1950s the...
Topics: Navy Log, TV Show, 1957, Submarine Base, new London, Stock Footage
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“Space Project” is a short 1950s film from Johnson & Johnson and produced by Henry Strauss and Company. Part of the Stop Look Listen films made by Johnson & Johnson for Drug Store owners and operators to improve their business, this film focuses on the importance of managing the space and inventory of the modern drug store. The film begins with Charlie Higgins of Higgins & Son Pharmacists speaking to the camera from inside of his drug store about how Johnson & Johnson is...
Topics: Johnson And Johnson Pharmaceutical Co., 1960s, DRug Store, Stock Footage
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This 1953 film from the Swiss Federation of Watch Manufacturers gives tips for salesmen that will help them assure customers and successfully sell fine Swiss watches. The film opens with a shot of an American town’s main street. People window shop along a street. Women help customers at a department store. People look in at a jewelry store watch display (01:30). Inside the store, a woman approaches a salesman to discuss purchasing a watch. The salesman shows the woman several different...
Topics: Swiss Watch, 1953, Swiss, Wristwatch, Manufactures, Stock Footage
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"Show Business at War" dates to 1943 and showcases the incredible efforts of the entertainers of the day, the film and entertainment industries, and their collective sacrifice to support our troops and the victory effort during World War II. The bright lights of Broadway in New York City and the offices of the weekly theatrical paper, Variety 1:00. Variety is an American media company owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly...
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Topics: Show Business, Show Business At War, 1943, World War II, Hollywood, Broadway, Stock Footage
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This beautiful 1940s color film NEW JERSEY JOURNEY was produced by John Bransby Productions for the Esso Standard Oil Company at a time when the state's future seemed bright and limitless. The New Jersey of this era was a state on the move. It has shipyards (1:36), industrial areas (1:38), oil refineries (1:40), trunk line railroads (1:45), manufacturers (1:52), commuter trains (1:58), shipping (2:01), trucking (2:07), the Newark Airport (2:11), aerial skyways (2:21) of the New Jersey Turnpike,...
Topics: 1940, New Jersey, Travelogue, Atlantic City, Asbury Park, Stock Footage
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This 1950’s travelogue profiles the Santa Fe Super Chief, the most luxurious way to travel across the country. The film begins by showing how train’s now offer all of the comforts of home. (00:00:20:00) Then, the new flagship of Santa Fe’s fleet is introduced, the Super Chief. (00:00:40:00). Our narrator then cuts to a beautiful actress, who is planning a train trip to Southern California. (00:01:10:00) The narrator convinces her to try the new Super Chief for her trip. The narrator then...
Topics: Train, Superchief, Railroad, Santa Fe, 1950s, Travelogue, California, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This episode of the TV show, Discovery ‘66, dates to the year 1966. Discovery (in several incarnations) was an innovative historical, cultural and educational documentary TV series for children that aired from 1962-1971 on ABC. It was originally hosted by Frank Buxton on aired on weekdays, but for most of the Sixties it could be found on Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings. This episode "The World Beneath the Sea" opens with a diver in full scuba gear underwater. A submersible...
Topics: Discovery 66, 1968, The World Beneath The Sea, Part 2, Stock Footage, Mini Submarines
This color educational film is about CB Radios/Two Way Radios and how necessary they are. Most of the footage is still images live action and animation. Copyright 1959. Opening titles: A Million Invisible Messengers (:07-:55) Clock bell goes off. Police car is stationary with two policemen in it. One uses a CB radio to contact another. Police have a man cuffed. Map of the United States (:56-2:10). A woman calls the city gas plant, there's a gas odor. The plant contest a person to go smell the...
Topics: Million Invisible Messengers, 1959, CB Radio, Citizens Band, Promotional Film, Communications,...
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Automaker Henry Ford left behind a massive gift to the United States in the form of a vast non-fiction film collection, recorded from 1914-1945. Henry Ford’s Mirror Of America showcases the films from the Ford Historical Film collection that capture America during that era. It gives a glimpse into the life of America during that period, featuring much more than just the happenings of the Ford Motor Company. The film opens with Henry Ford sitting next to a river, camping with Thomas Edison,...
Topics: Ford, 1945, Henry Ford, Mirror, America, Stock Footage
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A U.S. Army training film circa 1953, the first of a two part instructional video describing the advancements of planetary gears (used in the newer tanks such as the M47 Patton) as compared to the older system used on such tanks as the M-4 Sherman. A technician demonstrates the principles of operation governing multiple sets, while a narrator gives a short review of how the planet-carrier gears work. Features original footage of tanks performing tests and exercises as well as the demonstration...
Topics: M47, Patton, Tank, Planetary, Gears, Principles, Operation, Stock Footage
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This 1960s NASA film shows viewers the test flights of the first two Saturn rockets, SA-1 and SA-2. The film follows the rockets from Marshall Space Flight Center to the barge transportation to Cape Canaveral for the test flights. The film begins with footage from August 1961 of a barge carrying SA-1 down what appears to be the Mississippi River on its way to Cape Canaveral. A truck drives onto a dock carrying part of the rocket (01:08). Viewers see the Saturn rocket in one of the buildings at...
Topics: Saturn, Giant Step, moon, 1960s, NASA, Apollo Program, Saturn I, IB, Project Highwater, Stock...
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Made in 1952 by the Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet, "The Key to Our Horizons" shows America and the planet Earth with an increasing amount of cars and traffic. In fact at the time the movie was made, 50 million cars and trucks (which could circle the earth 7 times) were in the United States. Today they are 250 million.     The film promotes the role of the auto industry in the nation's economy, and the role of the automobile in everyday life. The film features images of...
Topics: Automobile, American Prosperity, 1952, Chevrolet, Publicity Film, Stock Footage
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This short drama film from 1953, produced by Sid Davis and winner of the Trend Publications Award, gives viewers a look at the hot rod or drag racing culture. The film revolves around a teenager, Bill Bower, who moves to California and learns how safety and education have been integrated into the hot rod scene. The film opens with Bill driving his 1928-9 Ford Model A Roadster down a street in what is presumably Inglewood, CA. Cars pull in to park at a high school (01:28). Bill parks his...
Topics: The Cool Hot Rod, 1950, Culture, Southern California, Model A Roaster, Stock Footage
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This fascinating 1932 16mm home movie shows the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, beginning with track and field events in the Coliseum. At the 1:36 mark, Japanese athletes are seen. At the 5:30 mark running is seen, possibly the 500 meter. An obstacle course is seen at the 5:41 mark. At the 9:00 mark, boat racing is seen including what appears to be crew races. Equestrian events are seen at the 10:00 mark. At the 11:20 mark, swimming is seen at the swim stadium with its elaborate pools and...
Topics: Los Angeles, Olympics, 1932, Home Movie, Memorial Coliseum, Stock Footage
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This beautiful travelogue was sponsored by Air France and features a jazz soundtrack by the inimitable Alain Goraguer. The film features visits to Savoy, Burgundy and Alsace, and also contains footage shot on board an Air France 707. The airline started uninterrupted jet operations in 1960 with the Sud Aviation Caravelle and the Boeing 707; jet airliners cut travel times in half and improved comfort. Born 20 August 1931 in Rosny-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, Goraguer is a French jazz pianist,...
Topics: Air France, Travelogue, 1960s, Coast, France, Alsace, Burgundy, Savoy, Stock Footage
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This silent footage dates to the time of the Martin P6M Seamaster flight test program, with the prototype the third P6M-2 production aircraft featured.  At the start of the film you will see this incredible amphibian in the air on a test flight. The aircraft is seen being moved to the water at :28, and then performing engine run up tests. At 2:12 are nice shots of the plane on its cradle. Starting at about 3:30 are high speed taxi runs. At 7:59 what might be the maiden flight of the aircraft...
Topics: P6M Seamaster, Amphibious Strategic Bomber, Flight Test, Stock Footage
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Produced in the 1940s by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc., the Dodge Division of the Chrysler Corporation presented “Rubber River,” a color film that opens at mark 00:30 by stressing the importance of rubber during World War II. The war effort caused rubber shortages as the material was needed for mobile guns, aircraft, and countless other uses. With Asian supplies of rubber cut off, the United States turned to areas such as Nicaragua and Costa Rica for rubber. Noted adventurers Sullivan...
Topics: Rubber River, harvesting, Central America, Rubber, WWII, Pan American Highway, Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1920s, and released by the obscure Aladdin Motion Pictures, this "Travel Gem" shows views of the Peruvian city of Cuzco / Cusco, the City of the Sun. At :21 is a panorama of the city which sits at 11,000 feet in the Andes Mountains. At 1:09 the local inhabitants are shown including many Indians and descendants of the Inca. At 1:41 is a view of an ancient wall built with tightly cut stone blocks, and without concrete. At 2:09 the road to Fortress Hill is shown and at 2:40...
Topics: Cusco, Peru, 1920, Silent Travelogue, Andes Mountains, Stock Footage, PeriscopeFilm
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This black and white documentary assembles photos and newsreel footage of Eleanor Roosevelt, exploring her changing roles as political advisor, First Lady, and international woman of influence. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933, to April 12, 1945, during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office, making her the longest-serving First Lady. Eleanor Roosevelt speaks while wearing...
Topics: Biography, Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady, United States, Stock Footage
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Note: This is a short version of this film. See the other film in the playlist for the full hour-long documentary. "Nuremberg: It's Lesson for Today" was made by the Office of Military Government for Germany in May of 1947 under the auspices of the OSS Field Photographic Unit headed by John Ford. In the summer of 1945, Ford dispatched Stuart Schulberg to Europe to hunt for Nazi films that could be used at the Nuremberg trial. His older brother Budd, of higher rank, followed and led...
Topics: Nuremburg, Holocaust, Trial, 1948, Nazis, Stock footage
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Giant Of The Earthmovers is a 1950s Caterpillar film that highlights the company’s new bulldozer tractor, the Caterpillar D9. A Caterpillar salesman pulls his car up in front of his office. Inside, he addresses the camera as he talks about the new D9 earthmover (01:10). A D9 operator stands on a D9 tractor (02:20). The operator demonstrates the control panel and the adjustable seat. The salesman and a client of his watch the D9 move earth. The operator easily steers the D9 as he maneuvers the...
Topics: Caterpillar D9 Bulldozer, Tractor, Earthmovers, 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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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
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This silent educational film from the 1940s shows views of shipping and transport on the Great Lakes. The film starts with a map showing Lake Superior in the west, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Erie in the middle, and Lake Ontario in the East. Along the way it shows the industry arrayed around the lakes, including steel mills and factories. At 1:37 a passenger steamer (possibly SS Keewatin or sister ship SS Assiniboia ) is shown. A Great Lakes ore carrier the William G. Clyde is seen at...
Topics: 1940s, Silent Film, Great Lake Ore Carriers, Passenger, Steamers, Cargo Ships, 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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“Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business. Hundreds of companies and products were documented during the [program’s] decade-long run.”   October 1953’s episode (no. 155) begins with a segment titled “Elusive Aluminum!” The segment shows a bauxite field in Arkansas (00:46), where clay-like ore is blown up to find...
Topics: Industry on Parade, Elusive Aluminum, 1950, 1960, Stock Footage
This 1947 "World School of Adventure" film entitled "Rough Road to Panama" takes viewers to Panama through via the Pan-American Highway. The film follows a group of men who, prior to the trip, had little experience in exploration. At the time, the road was not completed and much of it was considered dangerous. This film was presented by Viking Pictures / 20th Century Vikings (:10) and was produced and narrated by Sullivan C. Richardson, a journalist who wrote a book entitled...
Topics: Rough Road, Panama, American Highway, USA, Panama, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Produced for General Electric by Wilding, THE POWER BY WHICH WE LIVE was released in 1950.  The film tells the story of the electric power grid and power generation.  The company catalog stated that is shows "the source of the power which operates the appliances in our home, the lights we see by, the machines we work with. Somewhere in each locality giant turbines make this supply of electricity possible. These huge machines are built with the precision of a high-quality watch and...
Topics: power, Generations, 1950s, General Electric, Stock footage
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This color educational/promotional film is about the Bofors 10.5 cm Field Howitzer L/28. The Internet has scant information on the L/28, but it was apparently designed for rapid movement and positioning, and the narrator notes that it was intended to be positioned quickly so as to hold off a paratroop or partisan type attack. Whereas prior to WWII Bofors had developed a 10.5 cm howitzer (also known as the Model 1924), this model appears to be different and may have never gone into volume...
Topics: 1960s, Bofors, Howitzer, CM Field Howitzer, Promo FIlm, Artillery Weapon System, Stock Footage,...
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This early silent, black & white educational film looks at maggots, house flies and the threat they pose to human health. House flies are one of the most common insects on the planet. They breed and feed in filth, including garbage, feces, and rotting or spoiled food. The film was made in 1926 by Pathe. Opening titles: "Our Common Enemy "(:07-:22). A fly lays eggs on a flower. In eight to ten hours, the eggs hatch. Larva move around and slither. They look for a stable place to...
Topics: 1926, Health Education, Our Common Enemy, Housefly, Houseflies, Maggots, Disease, Stock Footage,...
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Amphibious Warfare: The Salvage Boat is one of a series of U.S. training films. This film discusses how salvage boats conduct their rescue operations. The film opens with footage of various landing craft hitting a beach and soldiers storming the beach. Several landing craft break down or are stranded (01:02). The film shows a salvage boat on the water (01:22) as well as a salvage boat LCPL (landing craft personal large) being lowered from a cruiser down to the water. The film provides an...
Topics: Amphibious Warfare, Salvage Boat, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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Made in the late 1960s or early 1970s, this film shows the Book-O-Tron system, a high tech card reading and keypunch computer system developed by the Harwald Company of Evanston, Illinois for a library to keep track of film rentals. A 16mm film library is also seen, and the system by which films are rented and shipped to teachers in classrooms.   An IBM computer was used to keep track of overall film usage by title, apparently providing ready statistics to librarians.   The library shown is...
Topics: Book o Tron, Keypunch Computer System, Library, Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1980s, this recruitment film "The Air Guard Experience" shows the activities of pilots flying the A-7 Corsair II. The pilots appear to be from the Colorado Air National Guard, probably the 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 140th Tactical Fighter Group aka "Red Eye" (see patch at 4:28). One of the interesting segments of the film is a look at an early computerized flight simulator (4:58) used by pilots to keep sharp. At 9:57 in-flight refueling of the A-7...
Topics: Air Nationa Guard, Experience, Simulator, Flight, A-7 Corsair II, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about how electricity is distributed from power stations in a modern community. This film is from 1939 and was presented by Westinghouse.   Opening titles: "SUMMER STORM" (:09-:41). A shirtless boy walks down a city street during a hot summer day in August. A dog and a man are asleep outside as are some people in the park. Children get ice cream from the ice cream truck. Other girls run through a sprinkler in a yard. A man fishes. His...
Topics: 1939, Summer Storm, Electrical Grid, Power Distribution, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is a review of the student protest and strike at Columbia University during the spring of 1968. This was made in 1968. The protests were due to the Columbia Administration's attempts to suppress an anti-IDA (Institute for Defense Analyses) student protest on its campus and Columbia's plans for the Morningside Park gymnasium. Opening Titles: The Turning Points: America in the 20th Century (:06-:13). Students walk around the campus of Columbia University in 1968. They...
Topics: 1968, Anti Vietnam War, Protests, Vietnam War, Columbia, Stock Footage
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Made by famed filmmaker Warren Miller for the Sears department store chain, this short film features Olympic champion Othmar Schneider (1928-2012) demonstrating his special skiing system.   The "Austrian" technique came about in the early 1950 and started the new wave of skiing. It featured turns made in the legs and lower body, with the upper body quiet.   Schneider was born in Lech am Arlberg. At the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, he was the gold medalist in the slalom and the...
Topics: Othmar, 1960s, Austrian Skiing Technique, Ski Instructional Film, Stock Footage
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This amateur 16mm silent home movie shows some of the events the day the USS Yorktown was launched. It dates to 21 January, 1943.  Unfortunately, this film is missing the "sliding down the ways" section -- it was apparently removed at some point as there is a splice in the movie. However it is still quite an interesting bit of history, captured by a civilian who observed the event. Work was begun on (what was then called) Bonhomme Richard when her keel was laid down on 1 December...
Topics: Launch Ceremony, For USS, Yorktown, CV-10, Newport News, Stock Footage
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This late 1930s-early 1940s black-and-white WWII British military training film (B.191 C.191) shows segments focusing on “shooting to kill” using a Bren, rifle, anti-tank rifle, or Tommy gun, which are shown (:15-1:24). Bren and Rifle. A demonstration of when to fire with the Bren and rifle is given. Troops wait in a trench. A Range Card is shown. Enemy troops emerge from the trees. Troops fire before the enemy is within range and a shell is fired at the troops. The scene is re-enacted. The...
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Topics: British Army, 1930s, Tommy Gun, Anti Tank Rifle, Stock Footage
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This short NASA film from the Apollo Program, details the second stage of the mighty Saturn V rocket.  Known as the S-II (pronounced "ess two") was the second stage of the Saturn V rocket. It was built by North American Aviation. Using liquid hydrogen (LH2) and liquid oxygen (LOX) it had five J-2 engines in a quincunx pattern. The second stage accelerated the Saturn V through the upper atmosphere with 1,000,000 pounds-force (4,400 kN) of thrust. The S-II was built by North American...
Topics: Apollo Digest, NASA, Saturn V, Rocket, Stock Footage
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Presented by the U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Forrestal (MN 8087) is a 1956 film that shows the construction of the Forrestal at the shipyards of the Newport News Shipbuilding company, the ship’s christening and commissioning, and its first sea trials. The ship is named after James Forrestal, the first US Secretary of Defense; it is first launched on 11 December 1954 and commissioned on 1 October 1955. It is the first U.S. carrier to be built with an angled flight deck. The film opens with shot of the...
Topics: 1956, US Navy, Aircraft, Carrier, Sea Trials, USS Forrestal, 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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Hosted by Rear Admiral Thomas Dykers, THE SILENT SERVICE was an early TV show that showcased the activity of the U.S. Navy's submarine force in WWII. This episode THE JACK AT TOKYO served as the show's pilot, and tells the story of the USS Jack's sixth war patrol. During this patrol, Jack was damaged while making an attack against a Japanese convoy. Spoiler alert: the boat commanded during the attack ... by none other than Dykers. USS Jack (SS-259) was a Gato-class submarine, her keel was laid...
Topics: Silent Service, TV Show, Pilot Episode, The Jack At Tokyo, Stock Footage
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“New Dimensions in Military Mobility” is a promotional film for the Bell 204B helicopter. It opens with the image of an army tanker of the 47th Regiment (:14) and men scouting another tank riding through woods (:33). The decades focused on will be the 50’s and 60’s and as the 60’s approached they expected to see an emphasis on different nations’ abilities to function in a limited warfare sense (1:03).   Success for each nation depended on tactics and mobility (1:23). The helicopter...
Topics: New Dimensions, Military, Mobiltary, 1960s, Helicopters, Stock Footage
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This historic film THE ARMY DOZEN AND THE H-13K SIOUX ON THE WARPATH was created by Bell Helicopter to showcase 12 "nap of the earth" maneuvers for pilots. Nap-of-the-earth (abbreviated NOE) is a type of very low-altitude flight course used by military aircraft to avoid enemy detection and attack in a high-threat environment.During NOE flight, geographical features are used as cover, exploiting valleys and folds in the terrain by flying in, rather than over, them. This keeps below...
Topics: The Army Dozen, Bell H-13k, Sioux Helicopter, Warparth, Stock Footage
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This film DIMENSION 10  THE DC-10 TAKES FLIGHT is a report on the design, construction and the first flight of the DC 10, the ground breaking jet passenger aircraft. The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 is a three-engine wide-body jet airliner manufactured by McDonnell Douglas. The DC-10 has range for medium- to long-haul flights, capable of carrying a maximum of 380 passengers. Its most distinguishing feature is the two turbofan engines mounted on underwing pylons and a third engine at the base of the...
Topics: DC10, McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Promotional Film, 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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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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Produced by the Convair division of General Dynamics, this color film presents the Atlas Missile, the first operational intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed by the United States and the first member of the Atlas rocket family, as well as one of the first large liquid-fueled rockets. The first successful flight of a highly instrumented Atlas missile to full range occurred 28 November 1958, and the film probably dates from that time period. Atlas ICBMs were deployed operationally...
Topics: Atlas, Factor Production, VW Bugs, Microbus, Fastback, Wolfsgurg, Germany, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This color educational film, one in a series entitled "Wheat - The Staff of Life" is about the milling of wheat. It was apparently made by the General Mills, Inc. corporation. Copyright is 1947. Directed by Rand Kellogg and Frederick R. Jones, the film was released by Simmel-Meservey. Opening: WHEAT---THE STAFF OF LIFE (:07-:33). Title: The Milling of Wheat. A huge wheat processing facility, the General Mills factory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Samples of wheat are ground in a small...
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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 film takes a look at the Federal Service Joint Crusade which was comprised of non-government charities including the American Korean Foundation, Radio Free Europe, CARE USA and Project Hope. It dates to roughly 1963. The film asks the American people to donate to these charities to help with, among other things, the further rebuilding of South Korea. The narrator of is game show host John Cameron Swayze (1:27). The first charity looked at is the American Korean Foundation (1:32) and begins...
Topics: Project Hope, Radio Free Europe, Reconstruction, South Korea, Stock Footage
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Produced by Sarra Productiosn for the National Safety Council, "Smooth Operation" is a black & white educational film, about how to drive trucks safely and efficiently on city streets.  Copyright 1951. Opening: National Safety Council presents SMOOTH OPERATION (:06-:29). A man pulls a Pacific Intermountain Express (P.I.E.) trailer, with a Ford F7 Big Job truck. Truck turns down a street. A trucker smiles, waves at another. Trucks come into the depot. Another trucker fills out a...
Topics: Smooth Operation, 1951, Truck Driver, Truckers, City Driving, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This film from the 1960’s is an educational short which follows the story of two city kids who spend the summer on their Uncle Jim’s farm with their two cousins. The children learn about the animals as well as what daily farm work chores are like. It depicts the similarity between human’s as well as animal’s needs for healthy sustenance and clean-living spaces.  It is presented by The National Dairy Council (:08) and was produced by Atlas Film Corporation (:24). The film opens with...
Topics: Unlce Jims Diary Far, 1963, National Dairy Council Film, MLK Productions, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This black & white educational film is about Gibraltar. This was made in 1934. Gibraltar, a British overseas territory occupying a narrow peninsula of Spain's southern Mediterranean coast, is just northeast of the Strait of Gibraltar. It’s dominated by the Rock of Gibraltar, a 426m-high limestone ridge.   Opening titles: RKO Radio Pictures presents Gibraltar - Vagabond Adventure Series. A Van Beuren Production (:06-:38). Turning our backs on the atlantic as we enter the Mediterranean...
Topics: 1930s, Gibraltar, Travelogue, Rock Of Gibraltar, Mediterranean, Stock Footage
This training film from 1955 was made for sales representatives working for Sears. It follows a narrative of two sales representatives who sell vacuum cleaners, taking lunch at a diner. They are discussing a training seminar which promoted the idea of ‘pitch, plant, profit’ in order to sell their Kenmore vacuums. The film was presented by Sears Roebuck and Company (:18) and opens with two men ordering coffee and a donut (1:17). One of the pair is disgruntled with the training seminar and...
Topics: Pitch Plant Profit, 1950s, Sears, Roebuck, Vacuum Cleaner, Salesman Pitch, Stock Footage
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This twelve-minute sales film was produced for Chevrolet in 1954 by the Jam Handy Organization to show the changes in car purchasing since WWII. It features William " Bill " Frawley from the I Love Lucy TV show. Your Chevrolet dealer presents, “Shopping Around”. The movie opens with words rolling up the screen: “Successful selling today is largely a matter of point of view. Salesmen can learn points of selling techniques and memorize ways to overcome objections. But without the...
Topics: 1954, Chevrolet, Automobile, Sales Film, Shopping, WWII, Auto Industry, Stock Footage
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Awkwardly introduced by the Maharaja Farodha, an internationally known sportsman and the owner of Princely Travels, this charming and rare travelogue film produced by Durga Khote Productions, shows views of the modern India of the 1960s. It includes the Sun and Sand hotel in Bombay at the 3:30 mark, the fortress of Golkonda at the 5 minute mark, hunting endangered Indian tigers by safari at the 5:40 mark, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam at the 6:44 mark, religious shrines and temples at Hyderabad at 7:50....
Topics: 1960s, India, Travelogue, Jewels, Princely, Travel, Stock Football, Stock Footage
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Made in 1948, LETTER FROM AMERICA Film was ostensibly created to celebrate Goodyear Tire and Rubber's Golden Anniversary. The real goal of the film however, was to promote the company's anti-union agenda, and the Cold War ideals of capitalism and economic opportunity.The story begins with a letter, written by an immigrant worker named Karl to his family behind the Iron Curtain, that describes the American way of life and the opportunities pro- vided by his employer, Goodyear. Flashbacks show...
Topics: Goodyear, Tire, Rubber, Cold War, Letter, America, Stock Footage
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Produced by Ford as a public service, DRIVING THE SUPERHIGHWAYS gives basic lessons about how to drive a car on a highway or expressway. A highway through Connecticut is shown, with various scenarios playing out showing driver mistakes that can cause auto accidents. The film also shows information about how to take care of a car and keep it serviced properly (see your authorized Ford dealer wink wink!) We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about...
Topics: 1950s, Ford, Motors, Ford Motor Company, Drivers ED, Film Driving, Stock Footage
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The Hollow Nickel Case (or the Hollow Coin) was the FBI investigation that grew out of the discovery of a container disguised as a U.S. coin and containing a coded message, eventually found to concern espionage activities of Vilyam Genrikhovich Fisher (aka Rudolf Ivanovich Abel) on behalf of the Soviet Union. The Steven Spielberg film Bridge of Spies, released on October 16, 2015, focuses on the events surrounding the Hollow Nickel Case and its historical ties to the Francis Gary Powers U-2...
Topics: Bridge, Spies, Espionage Case, Rudolf Abel, The Hollow Coin, Stock Footage
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Made by famed filmmaker Andre De La Varre, whose "Screen Traveler" series was popular in the USA and often shown in movie theaters, ANCIENT CITIES OF SOUTHERN FRANCE shows the Roman, Visigoth and other ancient structures of the South of France. These include castles made and fortified over many centuries in the Pyrenees, walled cities, the Pont Du Gard, Avignon, St-Remy-de-Provence, Arles, Nimes, Narbonne, Perpignan, Aigues Mortes, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Sommieres, Carcassonne,...
Topics: Ancient Cities, Southern France, 1930s, Travelogue, Marseille, Stock Footage
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Produced in the 1940s, this U.S. Navy instructional film gives an overview of how a photographic negative works on a chemical level, and how it can be processed successfully. All the steps of the procedure are shown, and a modern photographic darkroom demonstrated. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for...
Topics: Developing, Photographic, Negative, US Navy, Stock Footage
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One of a series of films made by Jam Handy for General Motors and Chevrolet, "Help Yourself" promotes the new 1949-1950 Chevy sedan. The film takes the interesting step of putting customers on a stage where the cars' appearance, safety features, economy, comfort, performance and other features are discussed by a salesman. The 1949 Ford was an American automobile produced by Ford. It was the first all-new automobile design introduced by the Big Three after World War II, civilian...
Topics: Chevrolet, Automobile, 1950, sales Movie, Help Yourself, Jam handy, Stock Footage
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Made in 1932 in honor of the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth, this silent film is one of a series that chronicles the life and times of the great general and president. The film was released by Eastman Classroom Films and shown in schools around the United States. Some scenes from the film were apparently created specifically for this film, others such as Washington crossing the Delaware River were drawn from feature films made in that era. In this episode "Conquering the...
Topics: George Washington, Conquering, Wilderness, Silent Film, Stock Footage
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One of a series of films made by the Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet, AN HONORARY DOCTOR'S DEGREE IN DRIVING dates to 1952 and features TV announcer Durward Kirby. Kirby guides viewers through some point-of-viewing driving footage that shows your what might happen on the road – especially with “brake braggers,” “armless wonders,” and “tail huggers” – dangers that never upset an expert “doctor of driving”! Homer Durward Kirby (August 24, 1911 – March 15, 2000), known...
Topics: 1952, Chevrolet, Drivers Education, Jam Handy, Honorary Doctors Degree, Stock Footage
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One of the many films made by Jam Handy for Chevrolet and General Motors, "It's Your Money" shows a customer examining a Chevy panel truck. The 3100 Truck, part of the Advance Design Series, was one of the most popular delivery trucks in its era because of its efficient engine, with a valve and head design, steering-column shifter, and large useable load space. It was sold in a variety of models including pick-ups, panel vans, and double duty models. Chevrolet's first major redesign...
Topics: Chevrolet, Advance Design, 1950s, Panel Truck, Sales Film, Stock Footage
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Made in the 1960s, "Wings to Germany" celebrates the vibrant nation of West Germany and Pan Am Airlines' jet service to Berlin. The film also includes images of Cologne, Frankfurt, and other cities on a Rhine River cruise. Skiing in the German Alps is also shown at the 8:40 mark, and Munich at the 9:30 mark. The film ends with an extended look at Oktoberfest and the beer halls, parades, carnivals and the music that accompanies this epic celebration. Pan American World Airways, known...
Topics: Pan AM, Pan Am Airlines, Wings, Germany, Jumbo Jets, Stock Footage
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Originally made for showing at the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) annual convention, YOU GOTTA EXPECT LOSSES AKA BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD  is a SILENT film with a simple lesson: pilots make mistakes, machines fail, and -- you've got to expect to come up short every once in a while.  The film begins with footage of a WWI pilot getting into his plane, taking off, and being immediately shot down. The antics continue with Hollywood footage of World War I, with burning balloons, dog...
Topics: Airplane, Disaster, Crash Movie, Expect Losses, WWI, Stock Footage
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First made in 1937 by General Motors and then repackaged for the WWII war effort, DIESEL THE MODERN POWER tells the story of the development and principles of the diesel engine. The film uses live action and animation to show how the diesel engine works, and live action footage of Sherman tanks, streamlined locomotives, switching engines, ships, and more. The film begins with an historical overview that includes a brief lesson on how to make fire, including two stones, rubbing pieces of wood,...
Topics: General Motors, Diesel, Modern Power Diesel, Locomotives, Burlington Zephyr, Stock Footage
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Made in 1944, NEW BUILDERS is a Ministry of Information Film made by Paul Rotha Productions 1944, under the direction of Kay Mander, for the Building Apprenticeship and Training Council. The film was made during WWII to encourage schoolboys to take up apprenticeships in building trades including masonry, carpentry, electrician, machinist, and more. These "new builders" would be vital in the renovation of war-damaged housing and buildings. The film begins showing bomb damage to...
Topics: WWII, British Building, Trades, Schoolboy, Apprenticeship. Stock Footage
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This historic film (with foreign language soundtrack -- Swedish?) shows the Boeing 929 Jetfoil, aa passenger-carrying waterjet-propelled hydrofoil design by Boeing. Boeing began adapting many systems used in jet airplanes for hydrofoils. Robert Bateman led development. Boeing launched its first passenger-carrying waterjet-propelled hydrofoil in April 1974. It could carry from 167 to 400 passengers. It was based on the same technology pioneered by the patrol hydrofoil Tucumcari, and used some of...
Topics: 1970s, Boeing 929, Jetfoil, Hydrofoil Ship, Stock Footage
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This color promotional film is about the evolution of fighter aircraft including the new Grumman F-14 Tomcat. No copyright but this is circa 1974.   Opening: A man climbs into a plane. A man climbs into a jet. A plane with a propeller takes off. A jet takes off. The back of the jet has flames shooting out of it as it takes off into the sky (:08-1:46). A bi-plane takes off. A bi-plane flies in the sky. A bi-plane with a gun turret for the flier is used. An aircraft battle in 1917. Bi-plane...
Topics: F-14, Tomcat, Aircraft, 1974, Grumman, Second Plate, Stock Footage