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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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This silent, German film shows fighting on the Western Front in World War 1 and contains material shot between 1916-1918. The film was released in the late 1930s as part of the remilitarization of Germany, in hopes of glorifying the nation's military legacy in the World War. Although they did not achieve a victory in the war, this film essentially shows a victory in battle, with German troops advancing across No Man's Land. Those who saw it may have been either encouraged or discouraged by the...
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Topics: Asbestos, World war II, Morotai, 1944, Siegfried Line, Boeing B-29, Le Harve, 1944, China Burma,...
This silent, German film shows fighting on the Western Front in World War 1 and contains material shot between 1916-1918. The film was released in the late 1930s as part of the remilitarization of Germany, in hopes of glorifying the nation's military legacy in the World War. Although they did not achieve a victory in the war, this film essentially shows a victory in battle, with German troops advancing across No Man's Land. Those who saw it may have been either encouraged or discouraged by the...
Topics: Fighting, Western Front, Artillery, Trench Warfare, World War One, WWI, Stock Footage
This black & white educational film is about the history of naval aviation. Copyright 1954. Planes in the sky; the Wright Brothers; Wilbur and Orville Wright spent four years of research and development to create the first successful powered airplane, the 1903 Wright Flyer. It first flew at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903, with Orville at the controls (:06). Captain Washington Irving Chambers, a United States Navy officer who played a major role in the early development of...
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This 1967 color film production follows members of the United States Marine Corps to show tourist luxuries enjoyed by servicemen on R&R in Taipei, Taiwan during the Vietnam War (TRT 26:48). The film glosses over some of the more lurid aspects of the military R&R excursions, and the fact that they tended to promote social ills including prostitution, human trafficking and drug running in countries like Thailand, the Philippines and elsewhere. Film begins. “Korea, Winter 1952.” US...
Topics: Holiday From Hell, 1967, G.i., Vietnam, Taiwan, USMC, US Marine Corps, R&R, Stock Footage
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This is a 1960s era color movie, presented by American Airlines. The film is a promotional piece on California. Footage is taken from major sites and the bustling cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sausalito and others. San Simeon, the San Diego Zoo and Aquarium are also highlighted. Excellent footage of a bustling California with plenty of nature and sporting shots as well. The film opens with waves crashing over the rocks. Different landscapes and views of nature are shown. Asian dancers...
Topics: California, 1960s, American Airlines, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Stock Footage
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Made by Henry Ford's newsreel team, "A Trip up Mount Lowe with the Ford Camera Man" shows Mount Lowe in the Sierra Madre range near Pasadena, California. The film is silent. The 6,100 foot high mountain boasted a popular attraction -- a funicular or incline railway in Rubio Canyon that connected to an electric trolley system. The trolley ran to a mountain retreat. At 1:18 the summit of the incline at Echo Mountain House is shown. At 1:24 a ride to the Alpine Tavern aboard one of the...
Topics: MT Lowe, Ford, Sierra Madre, California, Padadena, Stock Footage
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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...
Topics: 1950s, Farnborough Air Show, Brabazon, Avro 707B, Canberra Jet, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This color educational film is about the opportunities offered to the young me who attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. This is circa 1954. Opening: (no opening credits) U.S. Navy men march.  Clock tower at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Halls on campus. A chapel. Navy men carry rifles. Monuments and paintings. Boys doing chemistry. Teachers teaching the cadets. Cadets in class (:07-2:01). On Air sign, U.S. Naval Academy Educational Television Station sign. A teacher in...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This campy black & white educational film from 1953 is about Adolescent Development, aka teen sex education. It was likely made for education students or teachers, and produced to serve as a supplement by McGraw-Hill for the book "Adolescent Development" by Elizabeth B. Hurlock, Ph.D. This text, which attempted to provide a "complete and accurate picture of American adolescents and why they differ from adolescents in other cultures", is considered a classic in its field...
Topics: Adolescent Development, Dating, 1950s, Teenage Social Guidance Film. Sex Education, Stock Footage,...
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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
This color educational/promotional film is about the people who work in various departments for Western Airlines. Copyright is 1977. Opening: A jumbo jet United Airlines Boeing 747 plane lands at LAX Los Angeles World Airport. Title: AIRLINE PEOPLE (:07-:33). A Western Airlines jet taxis to the gate, a Western Airline employee stands nearby. A ticket counter clerk helps a man. An African American employee near computers. A stewardess tears a ticket and points for a passenger. Mechanic works on...
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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...
Topics: Jet Age, Airport, Los Angeles, Airport LAX, Educational Film, 1962, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Produced by Canada's Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce and directed by Barrie Howells, this color educational film is about the aviation infrastructure of Canada, the future of air travel and airports, and how Canadian engineers are assisting other countries, include the United Arab Emirates, with designing their airports. Copyright 1970. Opening: commercial jets fly into the sky over Montreal. Crowds of passengers in the Montreal International Airport. A chart shows how passenger...
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Made roughly a decade before statehood, this educational film is about the importance of Alaska, primarily by showcasing its many valuable resources. Copyright 1948. Opening titles: A Coronet Instructional Film - Alaska: A Modern Frontier (Revised) (:06-:26). Horses help plow a field. Dirt roads and houses, including a Quonset hut (:44). Raging water. Globe of the world, airline routes from the United States to Alaska (:27-1:13). Alaska compared to the rest of the United States in terms of...
Topics: Alaska, A Modern Frontier, 1948, Alaska Territory, Educational Film, Stock Footage
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This film is presented by General Motors (:04) and it is composed of two films, the first being “All Things Considered”. This first segment focuses on the year 1975. As the Clean Air Act had been established in 1970, fuel costs and emission standards became a deciding factor in purchasing vehicles. A couple goes over finances (:18) with items such as annual fuel costs and maintenance being of most importance. In 1975 GM developed new efficiency systems to keep operating costs low (:47). The...
Topics: 1975, General Motors, Catalytic Converter, Chevy Monte Carlo, 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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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,...
This black & white film tells the story of how the United States Navy captured a German U-boat on the high seas.  The Allies learned from decrypted German messages that U-boats were operating near Cape Verde and the Navy dispatched Task Group 22.3 to the area, a "Hunter-Killer" group commanded by Captain Daniel V. Gallery and Commander Frederick S. Hall. The events shown in the film started on 4 June 1944, when the group intercepted and captured the German Type IXC submarine...
Topic: Stock Footage
This black & white film was made by the Illinois Education Association during WWII in 1942 and released in 1943. According to the official description, "Backing up the Guns" shows  "the fine work of the schools in training workers for war industries, in turning out citizens who are physically fit and mentally awake. It shows how the schools stand as the great bulwarks of democracy by passing on to the generations of youths passing through their portals our great heritage of...
Topics: Illinois, WWII, 1942, 1943, Film School, Backing up guns, Guns, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1954, color educational film made by Encyclopedia Brittanica is about antibiotics, specifically the new era of treatments made possible by the discovery and widespread use of mold derived medicines. The film celebrates the use of Penicillin, which was up at this point one of the most important discoveries in medicine. It was discovered in 1928 by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming as a crude extract of P. rubens. The purified compound (penicillin F) was isolated in 1940 by a research...
Topics: Bacteria, Friend, Foe, 1954, Educational Film, Medicines, Antibiotics, Stock Footage
The film, ‘Battle of the Atlantic’ is presented by 20th Century Fox (:09) and made in 1941. It focuses on cargo and supply transports from the U.S. and Canada to England during the Second World War. The film is narrated by Quentin Reynolds (:43) who was an American journalist and WW2 correspondent who early in the war explained to American audiences the plight of the British. Black and white footage of England open the film and at this time of the war, England was facing regular Nazi air...
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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,...
This color promo movie from Monroe Shock Absorbers is about the unforgettable 1955 Indianapolis 500 and features driver Bob Sweikert, who was tragically killed in a crash roughly a year after the film was made. The movie opens in the pits alongside the racetrack in Indianapolis. Purdue University band entertains. Monroe Auto Equipment Co. presents, "Behind the Scenes at Indianapolis 1955". Produced by Dynamic Films, inc. mechanics work on the engine at the track 1:10. Chassis and...
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Thunderbird Films presents a 1920’s era, black and white, silent movie tour of Universal Studios. The movie opens in a movie set with a white building fronted by large flags, 00:20. The camera pans down the street to other white buildings and cars passing in the street, 00:48. The first scene takes place in The Scenario Department, 1:05. Men are smoking and going over paperwork in an office, 1:15. A very large white building is pictured, 1:20. Eddie Lyons and Lee Moran arrive, 1:25, followed...
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This color educational film is the story of how the Bell Telephone System, in cooperation with NASA, developed the Telstar Satellite and participated in the launch and transmissions of signals to and from Earth and space. Copyright 1962. Opening titles: Bell System - Behind the Scenes With Telstar (:08). Andover, ME, July 9, 1962 - telephone drive their the lonely hills of Andover (:51). Men work in a control room in Andover Control (1:34). Bell Labs and long line people man the control room...
Topics: Telstar 1, NASA, 1962, Bell System, Bell Telephone, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational/promotional film is about the medium Caterpillar tractors D6, D7, and D8 models, most often configured as bulldozers (but also sold in other versions). This is circa 1946. The D6 was also available in a military version classified as the SNL G152. The D6 started out in 1935 as the RD6, fitted with a 3-cylinder 45 hp D6600 engine. The RD6 was renamed D6 in 1937, and updated  in 1941 with a D4600 engine of 55 hp (drawbar) and in 1947, with a D318 engine of 66...
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Topics: 1946, Caterpillar Tractor Co, Bulldozer Promo, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
This color educational film is about Boys Town, the famous refuge for orphaned and neglected youth which was originally founded on December 12, 1917, as an orphanage for boys. The organization was founded in Omaha, Nebraska by Father Edward J. Flanagan, a Roman Catholic priest. This film is circa 1951 and was produced by Carl Dudley, directed and written by Herman Boxer, and released by Dudley Pictures Corp. Opening credits and then a title card (:06-:31). Young boys run around a city block and...
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Dating to 1960 and produced by the Standard Oil Company, Tangent Films, Robert W. Schofield and Leona Carney, this profile of the new city of Brasilia shows the construction of Brazil's "City of Hope". The film celebrates architect Oscar Niemeyer and planner Lúcio Costa. At 2:00 the Congressional Center skyscrapers are shown along with House and Senate chambers. At 2:21 the Supreme Court building and at 2:43 the Museum of Brazil is shown. At 2:58 are the 11 ministries for the...
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This 1960 black and white promotional film for Remington Rand's UNIVAC computer features a dramatized a U.S. Census taker interviewing some vagrants for the Census. Census history, goals, and recent technological advancements including the use of the UNIVAC 1105 computer system are discussed (TRT 14:38). The film was directed by George F. Johnston, written by Peter Ries Norman, and stars Joseph Riviere as the Census taker and Philip Bosco and Robert Conforti as the homeless men. 1950s cars on a...
Topics: Census 60, Remington Rand, Univac, Computer System Promo, Stock Footage
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This 1974 color industrial film from ASARCO -- the American Smelting and Refining Company -- uses documentary footage, staged historical scenes, and song to tout the company’s diverse holdings while attempting to counter environmentalist critics (TRT 30:26). Pan across the streets of Old Tucson, a facsimile of an old western town (0:07). An early Ford Model T type 1900’s automobile drives head-on at the camera (0:36). Townsfolk marvel at the car from every angle (0:48). A woman carries an...
Topics: Challenge, Earth, Asarco, Mining Co, Copper, Zinc, Mines, Stock Footage
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This color educational/promotional film is about how Chevrolet cars make the most sense in terms of fuel economy. This is circa the mid 1970s, probably 1976 given the patriotic, bicentennial type logo at the head. Title: Chevrolet Makes Sense For America (:01). Different Chevrolets - Nova, Camaro, Vega (:09). Inside a Chevy Vega (:32). Loading a Chevy station wagon (:53). Four bedroom homes (1:00). A man opens the door for a woman to get into a Chevy full size car (1:08). Chevy has space for...
Topics: Chevrolet, America, 1976, Economy Cars, Nova, Camaro, Vega, Impala, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
China Under Communism is a 1962 film from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films that gives viewers a look at life in communist China. An American man hosts the film and talks to the camera from an office about his time in China and what he saw. He shows a map of China and redraws his route there. The film then starts showing footage of China, starting with a view of a temple at the end of a busy street (01:30), people riding through the countryside, and people working in rice paddies. The Great Wall...
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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...
This 1974 film is dedicated by the Chlorine Institute to the public interest. It is specifically intended to assist firefighters and other emergency services. The techniques demonstrated are appropriate for emergency use; different circumstances might require modified or additional procedure. The information is drawn from sources believed to be reliable. The Institute, its members any organizations cooperating in the development of this film, jointly or severally, cannot be responsible for how...
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This 1970’s color film offers a sweetened look at the manufacture of chocolate related products produced by L.S. Heath & Sons, Inc., showing harvesting at a tropical plantation to production at a midwestern factory, enumerating the ingredients and steps required to produce a commercial confectionary product (TRT 27:46). Heath & Sons was founded in 1914 and produced the famous Heath bar. In 1989, the business was sold to Leaf, Inc., which in turn was acquired by Hershey in 1996....
Topics: Chocolate, Bean, 1970s, Heath Promo, Candy Bars, Ice Cream, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, a campaign early in the Korean War, part of the Chinese Second Offensive (November–December 1950) to drive the United Nations out of North Korea. This film has a 1951 copyright. A foreword that explains what we about to see shows the US Marines in the bitter struggle from the Chosin Reservoir to Hungnam, Korea. Credits: US Navy presents 'With the Marines - Chosin to Hungnam.' (:07-1:11). The film is narrated...
Topics: Chosin To Hungnam, Korean War, USMC, Marine Corps, Stock Footage
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This color educational/training/promotional film by the Clevite Corporation, a maker of bearing parts, is about the recognition, causes, and corrective techniques taken in the replacement of engine bearings. No copyright but circa late 1950s.   Car pulls into a service station. A mechanic is under a car working on it. A customer has questions about his car and chats with the mechanic. Another car pulls in and the mechanic is under another car working on it. A customer has questions about his...
Topics: 1950s, Clevite Clinic, Automobile, Crankcase, Bearing, Camshaft, Stock Footage
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This patriotic, color educational film is about coal and how it's beneficial to our energy resources. It dates to 1974. Opening: field, trees on the side of a mountain, grain in a field, ocean water, water flows from a dam - Title: An American Asset (:06-:45). People walk in a major metropolitan area, NYC. Steel workers at work. A woman uses her thermostat in the house. Traffic backed up on a highway. Gas shortage footage from the mid 1970s - a line at a gas station and a sign that reads: NO...
Topics: Coal, American Asset, Educational Film, 1974, NYC, Stock footage
This is a 1939 black and white movie called Colored American Cavalcade, which was produced by Halley Harding. It is presented by the United Golfers Association. Produced by Halley Harding. The movie opens at the 14th Annual Open 10th Amateur National Golf Tournament, 00:20. Golfers approach the hole, 00:44. Camera pans over golf trophies, 00:56. Young boy swings the golf club, 1:10. The ladies of the west coast golf club wave to the players, 1:15. The Chicago Caravan are pictured waving to the...
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In this episode of Screen News Digest (Vol. 27, No. 6), viewers see a very brief history of the development of computing and the ways in which microchips impact contemporary everyday life. The episode opens with footage of Stonehenge, microchips, and people working with computers in offices. Two people use their fingers to count (02:29), then they place stones on the sand to represent values (in development of counting). The episode shows an abacus, a reenactment of Blaise Pascal inventing his...
Topics: Computer Chips, 1980, Computer Engineering, Stock Footage
This short 1982 educational film, produced by Dimension Films shortly before the company folded in 1985. The film gives viewers a look at the different ways computers are used in society (specifically, it discusses computer use for creative, machine control, models, and files). The film opens with a shot of a computer in a large room. Children sit around an Apple II computer and monitor. A man uses a computer to generate designs. Dr. Derek Sampson looks at a computer printout of patient names...
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This 1960s color educational film about Connecticut as part of the weekly TV series “America!” that was narrated by actor Jack Douglas. The Hartford skyline is followed by the gold-domed Capital Building. The window-washing method is shown for the two-sided boat-shaped Phoenix Life Insurance Company Building. Constitution Plaza is a commercial mixed-use development area. “The Safe Arrival” is a statue monument commemorating the first pioneers. Across from it is Center Church, where...
Topics: Connecticut, 1960s, Travelogue, Hartford, Stratford, New London, Mystic Seaport, Stock Footage
This black & white educational film is about Goodyear's rubber trees in Sumatra and how that rubber is used to make our tires here in America. This film was made in 1939 by Goodyear. Opening titles: Conquering The Jungle, presented by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, Akron, OH (:08-:34). The island of Sumatra. Sumatra is a large Indonesian island west of Java and south of the Malay Peninsula. It's known for its rugged tropical terrain, wildlife and smoldering volcanoes. Lots of rubber...
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‘Conquest of the Air’ is a short film which follows around a Movietone newsreel cameraman on film assignments to capture various plane stunts and flights. The first assignment takes the cameraman into the cockpit of an Army plane (1:02) from which the other U.S. Army biplanes are seen flying in formation (1:02). These planes were to fly to Hawaii for an air circus (1:30) and they are filmed as they move over the newsreel cameraman’s plane (1:40) and as they land in Waikiki Beach. The...
Topics: Conquest Of The Air, 1930s, Aviation, Stunts Accidents, Newsreel, Highlights, Stock Footage
This black & white, wartime Canadian educational film from the "Knife and Fork Series" is about the meat shortage, meat rationing and how a meat coupon system can assist with the national nutrition problem. Copyright is circa 1943. The film was shot by Lawrence Cherry and produced by Evelyn Spice, with editing by Helen Lewis.  Titles: The Knife and Fork Series: Coupon Value (:08-:54). Boating dock. A shipyard. A crane hoists supplies. Large slabs of beef in a ship. A man cuts...
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“Crash and Live” is a sort of public service announcement meets public relations presentation about the improvements in automobile safety in the mid 1950s. Colonel John Paul Stapp was a physician in the Air Force who was interested in how G-force effects interacted with the human body. He believed that human bodies could withstand more than the accepted limit in the 1940s of 18 G’s. This black and white film reel shows an interview with Colonel Stapp of Holloman Air Development Center in...
Topics: Crash, Live, 1950s, Drivers Education, John Paul Stapp, Car Accidents, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the process of Democracy. The copyright is 1945. Opening titles: DEMOCRACY, An Erpi Classroom Film. From Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc. (:06-:14). A man speaks to a group of people as Democracy is explained. State Constitution booklet. A man works at his desk. He then speaks to the viewer about Democracy. Signs of Democracy: Shared Respect and Shared Power. Shared Respect is explained. People talk at a meeting. A female doctor and a little...
Topics: Democracy, 1945, US Government, Voting, Free Speech, Stock Footage
Produced by the Army Film and Photographic Unit and the Royal Air Force Film Production Unit, this black-and-white film is Part 1 of “Desert Victory,” exploring the Battle for North Africa during World War II. The picture begins on a somber note, with a message at mark 00:23 that “in the making of this film four British cameramen were killed, seven were wounded, and six were captured by the enemy” and that “the scenes of Field Marshal Rommel and of Hitler were filmed by the Germans...
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This color educational film is about the new Westinghouse Electric Ovens and Ranges versus the "old" gas kitchen appliances. This was made by Roland Reed productions circa 1946 and directed by Frank Strayer, a Hollywood veteran who produced many films from the 1920s into the 1950s.   Opening: A Roland Reed Production, other credits cut off (:07-:14). A woman, Mrs. B. talks with no one visible at her table. She's called on it by the narrator. The woman chats with the narrator. She...
Topics: Dinner At 6, 1946, Westinghouse, Electric, Appliance Ovens, Stock Footage
This black & white educational film is about the Apollo space program. This show, hosted by Bill Owen, was made in 1967. The commercials are from an original broadcast and are in color. Apollo 1B spacecraft launches as we see the credits for the DISCOVERY '67 (:11-1:13) TV show, "Out Next Step in Outer Space". This show featured Bill Owen and Jules Bergman as hosts. Original commercials from an original broadcast - Pepsi Cola. Sierra, from the producers of Adam 12 &...
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This episode of the TV show, Discovery ‘70, dates to the year 1970. 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 is hosted by Bill Owen (who replaced Buxton after 1966 as host) and Virginia Gibson. This episode...
Topics: Discovery, Portugal, 1970, TV Show, Bill Owen Lisbon, Stock Footage
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This 1960 color educational film from Encyclopedia Britannica Films (Unit 5 in their biology program) serves as an introduction to DNA, covering its molecular structure and its role in human growth, reproduction, and the transmission of hereditary traits (TRT 15:34). Leader: “Central Washington State College.” Opening titles (0:06). A colorful model of a double helix encircles a transparent post. Pan to reveal our host, Dr. George Beadle of the California Institute of Technology in an...
Topics: DNA, Molecule Of Heredity, 1960, Biology, Genetics, Stock Footage
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Made by the famed Jam Handy Organization, a leading educational and training film company, this black & white training film "Doping Techniques" explains the process of doping fabric for airplanes. It likely dates to the WWII era. Aircraft dope is a plasticized lacquer that is applied to fabric-covered aircraft. It tightens and stiffens fabric stretched over airframes, which renders them airtight and weatherproof, increasing their durability and lifespan. Without the application of...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, WWII Era, Training Film, Fabric Airplane Wing, Dope, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This is 1967 color, driver's ed film was presented by the Ford Motor Company. The purpose of the movie is to illustrate safe driving techniques at dusk and at night, the importance of headlights and other safety measures to be taken while driving at night. The movie opens with cars driving down the highway – it is light outside. It becomes dark outside. A vehicle approaches over a hill and around the curve with lights in the face of the driver. Lights can be reflected in the rearview mirror....
Topics: Driving At Night, 1967, Ford, Drivers, Educational Film, Stock Footage
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“Dude Ranch Sports” is a 1953 episode from The World Of Sports series, directed by Harry Foster and narrated by Bill Stern, that takes viewers on a quick tour of a working dude ranch resort in Arizona. The episode opens with a shot of a TWA Constellation arriving at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport. A TWA plane taxis on the runway, and then its passengers climb off the plane. A handful of the passengers climb into a stage coach outside the airport (01:14), which takes them to the resort dude...
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This black & white educational film "Eagles of the Fleet" was made by the British Government as a recruiting and information aide for the Royal Navy. The first part of the film shows shore training at HMS Heron aka Yeovilton, a facility sited a few miles north of Yeovil, Somerset.  The second part of the film shows flight operations, training and a mock attack staged by  HMS Vengeance (R71), a Colossus-class light aircraft carrier. The film features Fairey Firefly and Hawker Sea...
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This black and white film, entitled “English Children (Life in the City),'' was produced by Encyclopedia Britannica Films, Inc. (EB Films). This 1949 film is a collaboration with Harold S. Kemp of Harvard University and is educational and observational in nature. The production opens at 0:31 with a pleasant narration and footage of English school children participating in recreational activities outside a schoolhouse in the summer. Boys and girls playing marbles and jumping rope outdoors...
Topics: 1949, UK, United Kingdom, EB Films, Stock Footage
This 1963, black & white travelogue film shows "Exotic Nippon" with a focus on Tokyo and its various sights and entertainments. Although only two decades have elapsed since Japan's defeat in WWII, the nation is revealed to be prosperous and modern. Opening titles: Castle Films presents Exotic Nippon (:08-:17). The Great Buddha of Infinite Light statue in Japan. Children stare at it. Buddhist and Shinto temples, a flame burns outside. Worshippers leave their shoes on the steps...
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This film short promotes the city of Louisville, Kentucky and a clothing line of Navy and Old Salt sportswear featuring a type of easy care polyester fabric known as Fortrel. The clothing line was sold by J.C. Penney in the 1960s. The film starts with shots of a riverboat along the Ohio River as well as shots of the city limits sign. At 1:20 a visit to Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby. At 1:41 the Derby Museum is shown. At 2:00 college couples pose for snapshots at a statue of...
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This color educational film is about tires, what is in them and how to use them best and brought to you by Dupont. It was shot in Pennsylvania, USA. No copyright but this is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s. Opening titles: Dupont…First in Fibers for Tire Cord. An old model car like a Model T drives in the 1920s down a country road. A flat tire causes the car to stop and a man pumps the tire with air while the woman waits. The car is back on the road. Title: FACTS ABOUT TIRES (:08-1:19). A...
Topics: Facts, Tires, 1970s, Tire Maintenance, Cars, Stock Footage
This color film 'Family Affair' was produced in 1952 to promote the Bell Telephone Company. It also represents one of the earliest screen appearances of actor Steve McQueen.  Title card shows FAMILY AFFAIR followed by an animated house that has been near downtown in a city for 50-55 years (various 'lifes' of the house: sad, happy, loud, quiet are shown) (:07-:42). The narrator explains that when people move in, things change - the walls change colors, furniture changes, this is all animated...
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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
This early 1940s black and white film about the mindset of a fighter pilot during WWII is presented by The Ministry of Information, produced by British Movietone News, and written and narrated by Air-Marshal Sir Philip Joubert, a senior commander in the Royal Air Force during the 1930s and in WWII.   It opens with dressed pilots waiting on the ground, laughing and talking with each other. A line of RAF fighter planes is shown, with uniformed pilots dashing out a door. The camera scans a...
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This silent film from 1948 shows the training of a group of volunteer firefighters, demonstrating the elimination of large fires on industrial sights.  It opens and closes with the extinguishing of a fire at an oil well. Title plate (:11-1:03).  Sign for the Purisima Number 44 oil well (1:04-1:07) near Lompoc, California.  Long shot of the oil well, completely ablaze.  A man with a hard hat runs past camera.  Pieces start to fall off the rig, at first small, then larger, more structurally...
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In this 1944 U.S. War Department training film (TF 8-2047), viewers see how World War II soldiers were instructed to administer first aid to soldiers wounded on the battlefield. The film uses reenactments of a variety of injuries to show how to apply a compress and a tourniquet, how to splint a broken leg, and how to care for wounds to the lung, head, and intestines. The film opens with shots of troops marching down a road next to a tank, artillery guns firing shells, and gunners firing machine...
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This 1970, color film reviews the maintenance process for a DC-8 jet airliner at the United Airlines maintenance base in San Francisco. It was originally an episode of "Discovery", a kids program that ran on ABC between 1962-1971.   The film shows how the DC-8 undergoes a periodic overhaul that lasts for five full days. We follow the maintenance crews through the detailed process of maintaining these incredible machines. The film opens with a DC-8 jet airplane landing on the tarmac...
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This black & white film is an episode from the short-lived TV series FLIGHT, Season 1, episode 8 entitled 'Bombs in the Belfry.' This aired in 1958 and was directed by Jean Yarbrough. It stars Dick Jones, Robert Knapp, Brett Halsey and Alan Wells, Walter Reed, Luis Alvarez and Anna Navarro. The plot revolves around a young bombardier who is racked with guilt after being ordered to bomb a church in Leyte. Opening titles: two men fight. Planes in formation. "FLIGHT" (:09-1:11). Host...
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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...
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The "Dupont Show of the Week" was an anthology program that ran from 1961 to 1964, often featuring significant Hollywood stars and comedians. The programs also featured the occasional documentary, including this non-fiction film entitled "Flight Deck". Produced and directed by A Wasserman, the hour-long program from 1964 offered an inside look at the operations of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier. The fourth Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier...
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This film will take a look at the Battle of Peleliu which took place from September to November of 1944 during the Mariana and Palau Campaign of WW2. It had been produced by the US Army, Navy, and Marine Corp (:17). The amphibious assault was a joint effort consisting of the Army, Navy, Maine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard (:25). This island was a part of the western most of Japanese mandated islands and had an airstrip on it which was the target of the mission (:50) in order to prevent...
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This film will take a look at the Battle of Peleliu which took place from September to November of 1944 during the Mariana and Palau Campaign of WW2. It had been produced by the US Army, Navy, and Marine Corp (:17). The amphibious assault was a joint effort consisting of the Army, Navy, Maine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard (:25). This island was a part of the western most of Japanese mandated islands and had an airstrip on it which was the target of the mission (:50) in order to prevent...
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Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation. This portion is Reel 1. This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs...
Topics: Nazi Germany, Germany, Adolf Hitler, World War II, Brandenburg Gate, Documentary
Dating to 1945, this restricted WWII training film was produced by the War Department. It features animation that was likely done by the Warner Bros. studios with voices by Mel Blanc. The film looks at the sophisticated remote control turret system and firing computer used on board the aircraft. The analog computers in the B-29 central fire control system made corrections in three main areas to accurately aim the aircraft’s guns: ballistics, lead, and parallax. The B-29 was the first...
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This color educational film is about "Had You Lived Then ... America Around 1800". It presents an authentic reenactment of the daily life of a family in the early 19th century. Copyright 1969.  Opening titles: America Around 1800 (:07-:23). A horse and buggy. Painting of Philadelphia around 1800. A small town with farmers. Different areas of the city. A country house. The Wilson Family lived in this six room home adjoining a farm. The bedrooms are shown (:24-1:53). The Wilson parents...
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Harbor Pilot is a short film from 1967 that gives viewers a brief look at what a harbor pilot is and does. The film opens with footage of a sailboat sailing at sea, followed by a shot of a rocky coastline (01:10) and then an aerial view of a modern harbor — the Port of Los Angeles. A large freight ship, SS Gemstone, is out at sea. A harbor pilot stands on land at the Port of Los Angeles, looking out over the harbor. He walks into the pilot station at the entrance to the harbor to check the...
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