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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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In this U.S. Air Force training film (TF-6164b) from 1968, viewers learn about the ejection, recovery, and landing of the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark Crew Module Escape System, an “escape crew capsule system that allows one or more occupants of an aircraft or spacecraft to escape from the craft while it is subjected to extreme conditions, such as high speed or altitude.” The film opens with a shot of a test F-111 Crew Module taking off and the crew escape capsule parachuting to the...
Topics: General Dynamics, F-111 Aardvark, Module Escape System, Ejection System, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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“Peto Plucks Some Chickens” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” —  a show that was typically about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet.  "Silent Service" episodes were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from...
Topics: Silent Service TV Show, Lifeguard Patrol, US Navy, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Here are two WWII U.S. Army Air Forces recruiting films. The first "Survival of the Fittest" is about how physical training is important for survival in combat. This is copyrighted 1944. The second, "Sustineo Atlas" is about the elite the Officers Candidate School. It dates to 1943. Opening titles: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST (:06-:31). An U.S. Army Air Force officer who survived for weeks in the jungle receives a medal. Another officer receives a medal. He is seen walking...
Topics: WWII, US Army Air Force, Basic Training, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white U.S. Navy film, which was likely shown to sailors as part of basic training, is about the dangers of VD (venereal disease). The title "Taking Chances" has an extended metaphor throughout the film, which compares the odds of winning carnival games with catching a social disease. Copyright 1952. Produced by Herbert Kerkow Productions. Opening: U.S. Navy Training Film - "Taking Chances V.D." (:06-:28). A roulette wheel spins. Navy men at a carnival. A...
Topics: Disease Scare Film, US navy, 1952, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color educational film, which also can be viewed as a promotional film for United Airlines, is about the new Douglas DC-8 jetliner and its debut with United Airlines. United's first-ever jet service took place on September 18th, 1959 when the DC-8 performed a transcontinental flight between San Francisco International Airport and New York's Idlewild. Copyright is circa 1959. The aircraft shown in the film, tail number N8016U, flew with United from 1959 to 1966. Opening title: Paul Hoefler...
Topics: 1959, Operation Jetliner DC8, United Airlines, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Created in the early stage of WWII, this propaganda and recruiting film was intended to educate ordinary Americans about some of their responsibilities at the "home front".  This might include serving as Air Raid Wardens, Civil Defense Workers, or in services such as the Driver's Corps (whose members were trained in first aid and auto repair) or as messengers.  The film includes a brief excerpt from a speech by President Roosevelt, and uses the British auxiliary services as an...
Topics: World War II, Civil Defense, Air Raid Wardens, Recruiting Film, Periscope Film, Stock Footage
This black and white 1930s film (part 4 of a series made by architect Walter Harrington Kilham Jr.) depicts the construction of Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall in Midtown Manhattan, New York (TRT 17:22). Title card: “The Building of Rockefeller Center” (0:08). “Todd, Robertson & Todd, Engineering Corporation - Todd & Brown - Managers” and “Reinhard & Hofmeister - Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray - Hodd & Fouilhoux - Architects” (0:17). In a staged shot,...
Topics: 1930s, Radio City, Rockefeller Center, Construction, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Produced by NATO and the Signal Photographic Service of the U.S. Army, this black & white film is about the formation of NATO and its importance in the defense of the free world. Copyright 1951. The film features a score by William Alwyn. The film dates from the time when Gen. Dwight Eisenhower was supreme commander of NATO (1950-52), a post he left in order to run for President of the United States. Opening: NATO presents Alliance for Peace (:07-:47). Edward R. Murrow narrates. On a road...
Topics: Alliance For Peace, 1951, North Atlantic Treaty, Cold War, NATO, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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“U-47 in Scapa Flow” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” —  a show that was typically about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. This particular episode is different in that it tells the story of a German U-boat. "Silent Service" episodes were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The...
Topics: Silent Service, TV Show, U-47, German U Boat, Royal Oak, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Discovering Electronic Music is a short 1983 educational film directed by Bernard Wilets that gives a look at the early use of electronics in music production. The film opens with a shot of a computer and a keyboard. Recording reels run. A monitor shows sound waves of electronic jazz music. A composer talks to the camera about writing electronic jazz music (01:55). Another man talks about why he turned to electronic music for composing (02:38). Viewers see pages that show the new notation of...
Topics: Electronic Music, Early Synthesizers, Computers, Digitzers, Samplers, 1983, Stock Footage,...
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In this episode of Air Force Now, the Air Force’s monthly news film produced during the 1980s, viewers see the work being done by the 307th Civil Engineering Squadron, a recruiting clip for being stationed in Europe, and the “Portrait in Blue” featuring Lt. Col. Clyde East. The first segment of the episode, “Patriot Horse,” shows the 307th Civil Engineering Squadron at Kelly Air Force Base in Texas during a training operation. Members of the unit back trucks up into transport planes,...
Topics: Air Force Now, 1960, USAF, Europe, Civil Engineering Squad, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Dating to 1949, this U.S. Army film "Camouflage Principles" provides an overview about how to effectively conceal equipment and field positions from enemy observation including by air. Main title (:11-:18). Shots of an analyst reviewing new aerial photos of an enemy encampment, and circling a likely target (:30). Aircraft makes a bomb attack on the position, but misses the soldiers and Bofors type anti-aircraft gun concealed by foliage. The troops camouflage a Sherman tank. They then...
Topics: US Army Training Film, Camouflage Principles, Aerial Observation, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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 This film is from British Transport Films which was set up in 1949 and made documentary films on British transport. This particular film is one of their travelogues which was meant to celebrate the quiet unchanging image of rural Britain. The narrator of this film is Stephen Murray (:28) and it opens with a map pointing to the heart of England where the narrator was born (:47). A span of the countryside catches a tractor at work on a farm (1:08) as winter was ending and leading into spring....
Topics: Heart, England, 1954, British Transport, Travelogue, Cotswalds, Stratford, Stock Footage, Periscope...
This film, narrated in German, shows a brief tour of Germany in the mid 1950’s. It was presented by the Int'l Film Bureau (:09) and narrated by Meno Spann (:22) from the German Department NW University. The US Embassy building (:39), known as the Diechmannsaue Castle opens the film. US President Eisenhower visits the country in August of 1959 (:48) as German’s welcome his arrival (:57). Police on motorcycles escort the American president through town (1:20). The troupe arrives at the Villa...
Topics: 1950s, Germany, 1959, President Eisenhower, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Produced for Richfield Oil Corp. (now part of ARCO) by Alfred Higgins Productions, "Baja Holiday" is a color travelogue film about the marlin fishing opportunities offered in Baja, Mexico. It was filmed by Alfred Higgins and William Clark with a script by Eric Strutt. This film was released in 1961. Opening: Richfield presents Baja Holiday (:08-:48). A marlin jumps up from the water. Airplanes on the tarmac at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). Two men, in suits, point at planes...
Topics: Baja Holiday, 1961, Baja California, Marlin Fishing Expedition, Mexico, Sea Of Cortez, Stock...
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Made in the late 1940s to promote their Dempster-Dumpster sanitation system, this silent film was created by the Dempster Brothers. It shows the use of Dempster-Dumpster containers in the city of Baltimore. The film shows the standard problems affiliated with trash collection in the 30s, 40's and 50s, with steel garbage cans used to remove refuse by hand. The word "dumpster", first used commercially in 1936, came from the Dempster-Dumpster system of mechanically loading the contents...
Topics: Dempster Dumpster, Dumpster Waste Management, promo Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Prepared by the British and then released by the U.S. Army Air Force's Aeronautical Lab at Wright Field, this film shows two German weapons developments: a nitric acid rocket motor, a German armor piercing bomb and a spherical bouncing bomb with rocket assist motor.    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...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States, Army Air Force, Air Force, Nazi's, World War II
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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
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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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
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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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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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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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...
Topics: Wheat, Staff Of Life, Milling Of Wheat To Flour, Flour, 1947, General Mills, Minneapolis, Stock...
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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 fundraising film from the late 1940s or early 1950s (but most likely 1949), "Epidemic's Children" was produced by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Produced prior to the development of a vaccine, the film tells some of the modern history of the fight against the disease, and shows some of the effects of the polio disease and the treatment regimen of this era including water therapy and the use of iron lungs. The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis is now...
Topics: Polio, 1940s, Paralysis, Iron Lung, Epidemics Children, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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One of a series of films made by the U.S. Army to educate recruits about the Code of Conduct, this film discusses the duty of soldiers to resist the enemy, including when in captivity. Soldiers are instructed to resist by all means available, and make every effort to escape, and especially to not accept any parole or favors from the enemy. The will to resist, the film teaches, is what can keep men who are imprisoned alive.  Produced in 1959 during the Cold War, the film seems to show an...
Topics: 1959, US Army, Army Code Of Conduct, Basic Training, Prison Camp Escape, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This extraordinary film about American POWs is one of a series of "Air Force Now" magazine type movies made for the U.S. Air Force in the 1970s and 1980s. This particular episode focuses on the  return of Prisoners of War (POWs) from Vietnam after the war. It was apparently made in either late 1973 or early 1974, after Operation Homecoming took place. Operation Homecoming took place from February 14, 1973 to April of that year, and involved the return of 591 American prisoners of...
Topics: Air Force Now, Vietnam War, Prisoners Of War, Operation Homecoming, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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 This 1938 film is entitled "Croisière D'escadre" / "Squadron Cruise". This is Part 2 of the film. Part One can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/NHb11WlDRkM 0:08 Hand, tracing the line from Casablanca to Agadir 0:23 Cruisers at anchorage by Agadir 0:35 The Port of Agadir and the fort. 0:42 An officer steps down and takes a light boat to the shore. Algéria heavy cruiser in the distance and, possibly, a French navy «  rapid supply ship  » «  ravitailleur rapide  »...
Topics: 1938 Pre WWII, French Navy, Documentary, Toulon Heavy Squadron Cruise, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white film shows the early stages of the Allied forces invasion at Anzio, Italy in 1944. The film lacks credits or other information, but likely dates to 1944. The Battle of Anzio took place from January 22 to June 5, 1944, when Rome was finally captured. The operation was opposed by German forces in the area of Anzio and Nettuno. The landing operation was commanded by U.S. Army Major General John P. Lucas of VI Corps. The initial landing achieved complete surprise. However...
Topics: Anzio Beachhead, 1944, Combat Newsreel, Allied Italian Campaign, Operation Shingle, Stock Footage,...
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Created by Encyclopedia Brittanica in the late 1930s, this black & white educational film is about the country of Chile with a focus on the nation's rich natural resources and principal cities including Santiago. The film uses the device of a family visit, involving a family called the McKennas, to propel its narrative. The McKenna family has a historical link to the nation of Chile:  Brigadier Juan Mackenna (b. 1771) was an Irish-born, Chilean military officer and hero of the Chilean War...
Topics: 1930s, Chile, South America, Travelogue, Santiago Copper Industry, Nitrate Prodcution, Stock...
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This color U.S. Navy film is about the NATO Seasparrow Surface Missile System. Sea Sparrow is a U.S. ship-borne short-range anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapon system, primarily intended for defense against anti-ship missiles. This is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s (in 1968, Denmark, Italy, and Norway signed an agreement with the US Navy to use the Sea Sparrow on their ships, and collaborate on improved versions) and the film was made by the Navy's Naval Ship Weapons Engineering Station at...
Topics: NATO, Seasparrow, Shipborne, Anti Ship Missile, Defense System, 1970s, Promo Film, Stock Footage,...
This 1945 U.S. Navy training film, Quit Stalling—Or Spin In! (MN-4353a), teaches pilots the dangers of stalling, or spinning, and how to avoid crashing. A stall is what happens when an aero foil cannot make enough lift to keep the aircraft in level flight. The film features a Navy instructor who presents a series of case studies from the Navy’s office of Flight Safety Flight Statistics (00:52). The film begins with footage of a plane stalling and crashing into the ground (00:14); the...
Topics: 1945, Quit Stalling, Spin in, WWII, US Navy Pilot, Training Film, Stalls, Spins, Plane Crash, Stock...
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Narrated by Alexander Scourby and directed by Lt. Frank Peele and written by Peele and Robert Sibley, this 1978 U.S. Navy film, "Pride Runs Deep" was produced on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations. It presents an in-depth look at the life of a submariner, from missile and torpedo exercises, to mess and recreation. It explains in great detail the difference between fast attack submarines and Polaris ballistic missile submarines. The film was formally called SITREP 13, with...
Topics: Pride, 1978, Ballistic Missile, Attack Submarines, US Navy, Groton, 1978, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This 16mm silent film shows the visit to Admiral Arthur W. Radford (1896-1973) to the Philippines and Taiwan in the early to mid 1950s.The most likely date for this Far East trip, based on some research, is December 1953 to January 1954, and was probably intended to reassure the Taiwanese military of America's willingness to support it, in the face of Chinese Communist aggression. It probably predates the 1955 First Taiwan Strait Crisis. In that crisis, Radford urged President Eisenhower to...
Topics: 1953, Home Movie, Admiral Arthur Radford, Taiwan, Philippines, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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This black & white film promotes financial relief for the people of South Korea, who are in desperate need of assistance due to the outbreak of the Korean War. In particular, the film emphasis the need to donate to help displaced civilians, refugees and orphaned children of that war ravaged country. The film offers a personal appeal by President Dwight Eisenhower. Copyright 1954. Opening titles: Helping Koreans To Help Themselves (:07-:46). Artillery is fired, explosions abound. Troops on...
Topics: 1954, Korean War, Relief Campaign, South Korea, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made for the home market, this silent Castle Film shows the Royal Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, which took place on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom. The morning of the wedding, Philip had been made Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. Elizabeth, the elder daughter of King George VI and heir to the British throne, was coronated in 1953 following the death of her father.   We encourage viewers to add comments and,...
Topics: Royal Wedding, Elizabeth And Phillip, 1947, Wedding, Princess, Queen Elizabeth, Stock Footage,...
Dating to 1949, this film from Northwest Orient Airlines "Highroad to the Orient" pays visits to Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, and the Philippines. It was made by Reid H. Ray Inc. Northwest was founded in 1926 and took on the moniker "Northwest Orient" after 1947, when it established transpacific routes to Japan. It was absorbed into Delta Airlines in 2010. The film begins with the route of the trip shown on a spinning globe (0:23). Manhattan, New York Harbor (1:10). Times Square...
Topics: Northwest Orient Airlines, Highroad To Hong Kong, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This 1960s color film produced by Ray Jewell and Adam Ooms for the United States Air Force promotes the Military Airlift Command’s Reserve Associate Program, showing how civilians with day jobs might join defense efforts via the piloting program. Designed to drive enlistment, this propaganda film emphasizes good eats, vocational training, and sightseeing opportunities over the risks and consequences of military action during the Vietnam War era (TRT: 23:13). The seal of the “United States...
Topics: 1960s, US Air Force, Military Air Transport Service, US Navy, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This documentary "China: Century of Revolution, Part 1 - The Search for National Unity" focuses on Chinese history 1800-1927. It was produced in 1967 by the prolific filmmaker David Wolper. The movie summarizes Chinese history from late Qing, through the foundation of the Republic of China and the ensuing warlord era, strengthening of the Guomindang (KMT), to the beginning of suppression of the Communist party.0:08-0:50 Chinese men performing taichi, followed by a mix of the footage...
Topics: China, Century Of Revolution, Chinese History, 1800s, 1927, Boxer Rebellion, Periscope Film, Stock...
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These extraordinary Super 8mm home movies from the Vietnam War, come from a member of the "Ravens".  The Raven Forward Air Controllers, also known simply as The Ravens, were fighter pilots used for forward air control in a covert operation in conjunction with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in Laos during America's Vietnam War. The Ravens provided direction for most of the air strikes against communist Pathet Lao targets and People's Army of Vietnam's...
Topics: Vietnam War, Loas, Home Movies, Ravens KRT, Vietnam War, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This episode of the U.S. Army's "The Big Picture" TV show is entitled "Three Faces of Evil". It is one of a series of episodes in the "Army in Action" series which focused on WWII history. This episode specifically examines the aftermath of WWI and the lead-up to WWII, with the rise of the dictators Tojo in Japan, Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Germany. Copyright 1964. Opening: Paintings of conquerors and defenders. Narrator explains how bow & arrow...
Topics: The Big Picture, US Army TV Show, US Army, 1930s, WWII, Army In Action, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Made during WWII by Castle Films and sold for home use through camera and department stores, and by mail order, "Salute to the Navy!" shows the Navy's various capabilities. The newsreel features amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands starting at (6:08).  Featured ships include: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco and USS Boise.  Also includes footage of fleet maneuvers of PT Boats, destroyers,...
Topics: Castle Films, US Navy, WWII, Moral Boosting, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Created by Telefilms for Kiekhaefer Mercury in 1968, this color film promotes travel in Europe and various boating activities and recreation. It is a subtle advertisement for Mercury Outboard engines. Kiekhaefer Mercury company began in 1939 when engineer Carl Kiekhaefer purchased a small outboard motor company in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and ended up with a successful business selling motors through the Montgomery Ward catalog. Today, the company exists as Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick...
Topics: 1968, Mercury Outboard Engines, Boating, Europe, Travel Film, Norway, England, Italy, Germany,...
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This color educational film "Man Into Space" was part of a series created by Explorer Productions. It was produced and directed by  Edward Scherer and written by Anne MacKenzie. This episode of "Man Into Space" focuses on the history of satellite technology, and the race between the USA and Soviet Union to put a man in orbit. It was released in 1970. Opening titles: Man Into Space Part III: Satellites and Man in Orbit (:06-:20). Astronaut Ed White performs the first...
Topics: Man Into Space, 1960s, Space Race, Satellites, John Glenn, Cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, Stock Footage,...
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This American Red Cross film "The Uncalculated Risk" was designed to present viewers with the dangers of taking up water sports such as white-water rafting, canoeing or kayaking with little to no experience. It shows the threat of underwater obstacles, treacherous currents, icy water and flow through hazards while stressing the need for pre-experience training. The film opens with two young girls in life vests (:09) and a long line of vacationers carrying rafts and gear (:15). The...
Topics: 1970s, Water, Water Sports, Safety Film, Calculated Risk, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Dating to the late 1920s, this film from the collection of Jeff Villencia shows the Kreutzer Air Coach, a trimotor airplane built by the Joseph Kreutzer Corp. at Clover Field in Santa Monica, California. The company opened on the verge of the Great Depression and apparently did not survive for long --  operations were suspended in 1931. It was later reorganized as the Air Transport Manufacturing Company in 1935. The Air Coach was the fifth type of trimotor approved in the U.S., the first being...
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Love our channel? Help us save and post more orphaned films!  Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm  Even a really tiny contribution can make a difference. Consider becoming a channel member  https://youtu.be/ODBW3pVahUE One of a series of films made by the U.S. Army to educate recruits about the Code of Conduct, this film discusses the duty of soldiers who are taken prisoner, and the responsibility to only offer "name, rank and serial number" to the enemy....
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Made by an unknown amateur filmmaker, this 16mm silent home movie contains views of a trip through the Northwest, including views of scenic wonders Crater Lake, Mt. Hood, and man-made wonders like the Bonneville Dam and Timerline Lodge.  It likely dates to the 1950s. 00:09 "Wagon Wheels On the Oregon Trail Opened The Great Northwest" printed atop hand drawn image. 00:14 "A modern highway follows along the banks of Columbia River" 00:18 Landscape of river. 00:22 Road curves...
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This United States Information Agency film "Jacqueline Kennedy's Asian Journey" shows First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s visit to India and Pakistan in March of 1962.  It was shown in 106 nations. The film was narrated by actor Raymond Massey and directed by Kennedy White House cinematographer and Academy Award-winner Leo Seltzer. Titles: "Jacqueline Kennedy's Asian Journey" (:07-:24). India. Asians cross India's borders. Indian people look on and smile. People farm in...
Topics: India, US Agency, 1962, Asian Journey, First Lady, Jackie Kennedy, Stock Footage Periscope Film
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This black & white TV show is an episode of "Flight", a 1950s anthology series that was based on real incidents in aviation history. It is titled "Three Men" and was first broadcast in 1959.  The show presents a dramatic story about an air raid on the Focke-Wulf plant at Anklam, Germany by American B-17s from the Eighth Air Force. A parallel story is told about Lt. Kirk Muller, a German fighter pilot tasked with stopping the Allied raid. Produced by California...
Topics: Flight, TV Series, Three Men, WWII, Eighth Air Force, B 17 Raid, Anklam, Germany, Stock Footage,...
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this silent home movie takes viewers through parts of Italy and France in the 1930’s. During this time period in Italy, the fascist party had grabbed a solid foothold over the country. Meanwhile in France, the Great Depression hit in 1931, later than in other countries. The film opens with images of boats lined up along the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy (:20). The Rialto bridge (:24) appears and is the oldest of the four bridges which cross over the Grand...
Topics: 1930s, Trip, Italy, Switzerland, France, Home Movie, Venice, Rome, Paris, American Tourist, Stock...
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Shot in the late 1920s by an unknown tourist, this extraordinary home movie shows a trip to Hawaii aboard a Dollar Lines / Matson ocean liner.  Views in Hawaii include Honolulu tourist destinations, historic buildings and natural landscapes. 00:09 "Dollar Steamship Line" sign above port (San Francisco or Oakland) filled with people. Ropes from ship in foreground. 00:16 Woman looks around before walking up stairs in port. 00:25 People on ship deck wave as the ship begins to sail....
Topics: 1920s, San Francisco, Ohahu, Hawaii, Matson Ocean Liner, Surfing, Home Movie, Stock Footage,...
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This 1929 movie, produced by Gavin studios (possibly later a division of Paramount pictures) shows the major sightseeing spots of Japan, starting with the usual point of landing at Kobe, where the travelers would be brought by the newest President ships of the Dollar Line, continuing on to Kyoto and a festival at Kyoto's Yasaka Shrine (one of the Twenty-Two Major Shrine circuit), to the Biwa lake, and the scenic boat drive down the Hozû river to Kyoto, on to Nara and its Japanese deer at the...
Topics: Far East, 1929, Japan, 1920s, Kyoto, Tokyo, MT. Fuji, President Liner, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white Arthur Murray instructional film demonstrates how to do the Rumba and the Mambo. The film dates to the 1940s.  Arthur Murray (1895 – 1991) was a famous American ballroom dancer and businessman.  After WWII, Murray's dance instruction business grew with the rise of interest in Latin dance, and he regularly taught and broadcast in Cuba in the 1950s. He later hosted the television show The Arthur Murray Party for a decade from 1950-60. Opening titles: The Arthur Murray...
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This incomplete color film with opening and closing titles missing offers an educational look at breast exam procedures in a doctor’s office, as well as instructions for performing a self-exam at home (TRT: 7:56). It likely dates to the late 1950s/early 1960s as it predates the use of mammography. Modern mammography methods were developed late in the 1960s and first officially recommended by the American Cancer Society in 1976.  The first completely dedicated mammography unit was developed...
Topics: 1960s, Physical, Breast Exam, Physician Training, Breast Cancer, Detection, Medical Film, Stock...
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this film shows a voyage aboard the SS Hibeuras to Central and South America. It dates to the 1950s. 00:08 Montage: aboard the banana boat type ocean liner S.S. Hibeuras, which carries cargo as well as passengers. Lifeboat drill including firing of a flare. Passengers are Americans in casual/beachwear. The ship approaches port. 02:55 Passengers exit S.S. Hibueras. 03:15 Montage: Ship entering the Panama Canal. Canal opens and ship enters. 05:39 Exterior of...
Topics: 1950s, Travelogue, Panama, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, South America, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white educational film is about the aircraft display of the Society of British Aircraft Constructors. This is circa the mid-to-late-1950s. Opening titles: British Information Services presents  "Achievement In The Air" (:07-:34). Great Britain. Aircraft display of the Society of British Aircraft Constructors aka the Farnborough Airshow.. People wait in line to go into a plane and look at it. A de Havilland Comet and a Bristol Type 167 Brabazon. Large crowds. Many...
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This black & white WWII film from 1944, "Beachhead Operation" shows the brutal fight for the beachhead at Anzio, Italy. Day to day struggles of Allied soldiers are shown under heavy shell fire, trying to keep up the assault on German positions. Opening: Beachhead Operation (:23-:54). Artillery is fired at night, the flare lights up the night sky. Fighting in war. Bombed out town. U.S. Military on site. A bulldozer pushes debris in Anzio. Bombed out ruins. Smokey ruins. A baker...
Topics: Beachhead Operation, Anzio, 1944, WWII, Italian Campaign, WWII Allied Morale Film Stock Footage,...
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This black & white training film is about hand to hand combat techniques, part 1 and 2 in a series. Copyright 1942. Opening titles: U.S. Navy Training Film presents Hand to Hand Combat in Three Parts Part 1 (:06-:24). Four different sports shown on the screen at once (baseball, golf, skiing, etc). Men perform sports and box, wrestling, play basketball, etc. A man does hand to hand combat. The instructor speaks about hand to hand combat to the viewer (:25-1:50). Title: Stance for...
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Made by 20th Century Fox as part of their "Adventures of the Newsreel Cameramen" series, this black & white film contains spectacular footage of early 20th Century aviation, while showcasing the newsreel cameramen who documented pilots and planes. Copyright is 1936, produced by Truman Talley and edited by Lew Lehr. Opening titles: Adventures of the Newsreel Cameraman - Scouring the Skies! (:07-:43). Army maneuvers in the clouds. Boeing P-26 "Peashooter" planes are shown...
Topics: 1930s, Scouring The Skies, Stun Pilots, Crazy Planes, Plane Crashes, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made by Wilding, this black & white training film teaches selling techniques for the new economical automobiles (in this case the Plymouth Valiant) and was shown to car salesmen. It was made in 1959 and focuses on the 1960 economy models. Opening titles: THE INSIDE STORY (:07-:25). A salesman, our host, talks to the viewer. He lifts a card, then speaks (:26-1:56) about how to qualify a prospect and make a sale. A prospective customer looks at a car and the salesman, our host, comes over and...
Topics: 1960, Chrysler, Plymouth, Automobile, Salesman, Training Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Created for the Navy and Congressional oversight, this color film from Lockheed Aircraft reports on the progress of the development of the T2V-1 SeaStar aircraft. The T2V, later called the T-1 SeaStar, was a carrier-capable jet trainer that entered service in May 1957. It was developed from the highly successful Lockheed T-33, and was powered by one Allison J33 jet engine. Compared to the T-33/TV-2, the T2V was almost totally re-engineered for carrier landings and at-sea operations and fitted...
Topics: 1955, Lockheed T2V-1, Seastar Aircraft, Flight Test Program, Navy, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white promotional film for B.F. Goodrich Tires, is about the manufacture of tubeless car tires. It was produced by Regan Film Productions, Inc., Detroit, and copyright 1961. Opening titles: Mileage in the Making: The Story of the Tubeless Tire (:07-:20). The host introduces a whitewall car tire, the B.F. Goodrich Silvertown tire. The host holds natural rubber, then synthetic rubber. The host holds high tensile steel wire. Fingers point at: Oil, Carbon Black, Zinc Oxide, and...
Topics: Milage, Tubeless Tire, 1947, Goodrich, Silvertown, Tire Promo, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This briefing film "The Antarctic" was prepared especially for members of Operation HIGHJUMP.  HIGHJUMP, officially titled The United States Navy Antarctic Developments Program, 1946–1947, was a United States Navy operation to establish the Antarctic research base Little America IV.  The film draws upon footage shot in 1939-1941 by the Antarctic Service Expedition, also often referred to as Byrd’s Third Antarctic Expedition. The Expedition consisted of 125 men aboard two ships,...
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This 1960 black and white installment of the newsmagazine “See It Now” produced and edited by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly (Part 1 of 2) presents a behind-the-scenes overview of initial testing for the UGM-27 Polaris missile, a two-stage solid-fueled nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile, the United States Navy's first SLBM (TRT:  26:58). Title card: “Unclassified.” Opening titles: “See It Now Presents The Year of the Polaris” (0:08). Empty missile hatches...
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Intended to train German fighter pilots, this silent WWII gun camera film shows Luftwaffe kills of Allied bomber aircraft. Almost all German and Allied fighters carried 16mm cameras to record and verify kills, and help improve overall tactics. They were often processed in the field and screened within a short time, both by intelligence officers and by air crews. The "flashes" in the footage indicate the use of tracer ammunition. The film starts with a card at (:08) that says...
Topics: German Gun Camera Footage, Luftwaffe Fighter Aces, Soviet Fighters, B 17 Bomber Aircraft, Stock...
This declassified 1963 color film provides a close look at the use of various methods of cargo transfer between naval craft for purposes of “vertical replenishment,” contrasting older methods of high line transfer with modern helicopter delivery methods. The piston-powered Sikorsky H-34, which served both as a transport and ASW platform for the Navy, is featured. (TRT 13:22).Title card: “Unclassified” (0:08). Opening credits denote the participation of the Navy’s Bureau of Supplies...
Topics: US Navy, 1963, US Navy Helicopter Supply Systems, Cargo Transfer, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This declassified, color,  U.S. Navy training film from 1974 is about how to maintain the Fire Control System Mark 86, also known as the MK 86 Gun Fire Control System (GFCS). This system was created to provide ships of destroyer size and larger with an economical, versatile, lightweight, gun and missile fire control system effective against surface and air targets. The film shows basic steps in troubleshooting various bugs (called "casualties" or "faults" by the narrator)...
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One of the earliest non-fiction programs on broadcast television, "The Greatest Drama" dates to 1954. This episode profiles "The Cowboy Humorist" Will Rogers.   Opening: ticker tape parade in New York City. Title: The Greatest Drama - The Cowboy Humorist (:07-:37). Statue of Will Rogers. Picture of Will Rogers. Born in 1879 in Oklahoma. Men ride horses, a stampede of horses. Cowboys on his father's ranch. Will Rogers does a roping trick. New York City, Broadway, Ziegfeld...
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Filmed by Encyclopedia Brittanica's brilliant cinematographer Isadore Mankofsky, this color educational film is about the operations of a modern airport, filmed at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). Copyright 1962. Opening titles: Airport In The Jet Age (Second Edition: Airport). Mr. Stuart parks his 1961 Ford station wagon (:06-:35). Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower. Two air traffic controllers converse. A jet takes off and is seen clearly from ATC. Los Angeles Tower. Mr. Stuart gives...
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This color film is raw footage shot during World War II by United States servicemen in the Pacific Theater. It includes kamikaze attacks. The film ends with raw footage of Washington D.C. tourist sites. This is circa the mid 1940s. Opening: clouds in the sky, tracer gunfire aimed at enemy planes in the sky (:07). Smoke plumes in the sky, artillery continues to fire into the sky (:29). Enemy plane is seen on fire after being struck with AA gunfire (:46). Aerial footage of combat mission, firing...
Topics: WWII, Pacific Theater, TBM, Avengers, Kamikaze Attacks, Washington DC, 1940s, Stock Footage,...