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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...
Topics: Fighting, Western Front, Artillery, Trench Warfare, World War One, WWI, Stock Footage
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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
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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
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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
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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 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
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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 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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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...
Topics: British Government, Eagles, 1950, Royal Navy, Recruiting Film, HMS, HMS Heron, Stock Footage,...
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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...
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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
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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 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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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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Topics: Flight Deck, 1964, Carrier USS, Theodore Roosevelt, Stock Footage
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Here are two shorts from WWII: Hollywood Canteen, and Private Snafu in "The Chow Hound". In 1942, Hollywood legends John Garfield, Bette Davis and Jules C. Stein opened the Hollywood Canteen. Located at 1451 Cahuenga Blvd. in Los Angeles, the club offered food, dancing and entertainment for servicemen, usually on their way overseas. The canteen was open to USA servicemen and women, as well as members of the military from allied countries. A serviceperson's ticket for admission was his...
Topics: Hollywood Canteen, Private SNAFU, Chowhound, WWII, Cartoon, John Garfield, Bette Davis, Jules C....
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This is a 1970’s era color movie promoting travel in South America. The full credits are missing but the film was shot by cinematographer Henry Javorsky and sponsored by American Express and Pan Am Airlines. This travelogue visits Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and the rest of South America is highlighted as a beautiful destination to visit. The movie opens with a woman and a boy holding hands in front of Machu Picchu in Peru. Main title: "Invitation to South...
Topics: South America, 1970s, Travelogue, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Stock Footage
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Browse our products on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YILTSD Created in 1952 by an unknown filmmaker (apparently named "Williams") this film is titled "Iranian Snapshots".  The film shows an American effort called the "Point Four Program" to create films in Iran, including films about health and agriculture. Point Four also assisted with other modernization and...
Topics: Irianian Snapshots, 1952, Documentary Film, Stock Footage
Iron Curtain lands. Post-Stalin Period. Copyright MCMLIX. Educational Supervision: Michael Boro Petrovich, PhD. Associate Professor of History, The University of Wisconsin. Photographed & directed by filmmaker and author Charles Dee Sharp. This 1959, color movie presents a cross-section of life in the lands considered to be behind the iron curtain after the rule of Joseph Stalin. It is a profile of the communist society. It takes us a step closer to understanding these lands ruled by an...
Topics: Iron Curtains Lands, 1959, Post Stalin Era, Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the nation of Israel. Copyright is by Geva Films, one of the earliest Israeli film studios, and it dates to circa the early 1950s. It was written and directed by Y. Zaretski with the hope of raising money for the Jewish National Fund.  The film shows views of the young Israeli nation with scenes in the Negev including Elad, Beersheba, ancient Masada and Ein Gedi. Opening titles: Geva Films presents Israel on the March  - The Eternal Struggle...
Topics: Israel, 1950s, Geva Films, Negev, Elad, Beersheba, Ancient Masada, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1915, this black & white, silent film promotes General Electric's "King of the Rails" electric locomotives built for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road). These locomotives formed two classes designated EP-1 and EF-1. There were eventually forty two such boxcab electric locomotives built by the American Locomotive Company (Alco) in service, and the remained in operation into the 1950s. Opening titles: King of the Rails presented by...
Topics: King Of The Rails, General Electric, Milwaukee Road, Electric Locomotives, Stock Footage
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“Labor Comes of Age” is a black and white 1960s short from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films Inc. that focuses on the history of the United States labor movement during the 1930s and the accomplishments of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Actor Charlton Heston narrates the spoken words of F.D.R. throughout the film, and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt served as a consultant. Opening credits (0:18). A political cartoon depicts men on strike, “By Honest Means we Obtain Our Rights” (0:44). Workers at a sewing...
Topics: Labor Comes Of Age, Labor Movement, Great Depression, 1960, School Film. Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the nation of Mexico. This was made in 1939, in collaboration with Wallace W. Atwood, an American geographer and geologist who served as president of Clark University. Opening titles: Encyclopaedia Britannica Films presents Land of Mexico (:06-:25). Map shows the land of Mexico, directly south of the United States. Palm trees southern Atlantic Coast. Palm trees near a building. Port of Vera Cruz, harbor. Workers in large sombreros load a ship...
Topics: Land Of Mexico, 1939, Mexico City, Vera Cruz, Adobe, Construction, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color educational film is about the introduction of the White Alice Communications Antenna System as well as daily life in Alaska. This was made in 1959. Mountains and glaciers of Alaska. Alaska's new antennas for a long distance telephone system, known as white alice. Snow covered landscapes. Aerial shots of the antennas. Snowy mountains. Map shot of Alaska. The White Alice Communications System was a United States Air Force telecommunication network with 80 radio stations constructed in...
Topics: Alice, Alaska, Radio, Telephone, Dew Line, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1951 by Castle Films, and marketed for the home market in camera stores and magazines, this black & white novelty film shows daring stunts by hell drivers, barnstormers, and aerial artists. Copyright 1951. Titles: Castle Films presents "Living Dangerously" (:06-:15). Daredevil stuntmen of the Lynch and Lucky Teter Hell Driver teams drive their cars recklessly on a dirt track. Cars drive through fire and jump into the air off a ramp and crash into cars down below....
Topics: Living Dangerously, Lynch Hell Drivers, Tightrope Walker, Barnstormer, Stunt Pilots, Stock Footage,...
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Made during WWII to train ground personnel, this film shows the proper way to prepare cargo for air transport, and how to load a transport aircraft. It also shows the role of the Air Transportation Officer in confirming that aircraft are loaded properly. The planes shown are the Curtiss C-46 Commando, and Douglas C-47 Skytrain and C-53 Skytrooper transports. (A C-53 is simply a DC-3 that was specifically designed for military service. Unlike the C-47 it does not have big cargo doors, a...
Topics: 1943, US Army, Army Air Forces, US Air Force, Air Transport Command, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This is the extended version of the 1968 16mm color film "LSD: Insight or Insanity?" It was directed by Max Miller for Bailey Films warns of the potential dangers of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), using interviews and special effects to describe the drug’s appeal and sometimes unpredictable effects. This print represents the “revised” edition of the film. Acting great Sal Mineo narrates (TRT 28:29). Opening title (0:17). Students near Hollywood High School, the Hollywood...
Topics: LSD, Insight, Insanity, Stock Footage, Anti Drug Film
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The condensed classroom edition of a 1967 color film directed by Max Miller for Bailey Films warns of the potential dangers of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), using interviews and special effects to describe the drug’s appeal and sometimes unpredictable effects. Acting great Sal Mineo narrates (TRT 19:23). This print starts with an ominous ad for a corporate sponsor -- the Barnes Funeral Chapel of Washington which paid for this print to be placed in schools (0:07). High school students near...
Topics: LSD, 1967, Drugs, Stock Footage
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This black and white film "Madero of Mexico" was released in 1942, chronicles the short political life of Francisco Madero (1873-1913), who tried to bring democracy and land reform to Mexico. It opens with the following title screen: “This photoplay does not attempt complete historical accuracy. Its purpose is rather to honor in spirit the memory of a great idealist”. Sweeping views of Mexico at the turn of the 20th century. Under the iron rule of General Porfirio Díaz, wealth...
Topics: Madero, Mexico, 1942, Dramatic Film, Mexican President, Francisco Madero, Stock Footage
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This 1962 black and white film about Soviet schools was distributed by McGraw-Hill Text-Films, and produced and directed by Nicholas Webster.   Female and male schoolchildren sing while they hoe the ground to learn manual labor. Others fix a fence (:10-:44). A technical training class teaches how to use machine equipment. Another teaches technical drawing (:45-1:35). A technical teacher instructs the class on electrical engineering. Students work at machines. Top students have their photos on...
Topics: Soviet School System, 1962, Cold War, Stock Footage
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Originally released in 1947 as "Jitterumba" and then subsequently re-released by Castle Films in 1949 as "Melody Masters #5",   this short features Desi Arnaz (misspelled in the credits as "Arnez"!) explaining all about the rhumba. Arnaz is joined by Judy Clark and an obscure songstress named Dulcina, presenting "Taboo", "El Cumbanchero", "Boteando", "Managua Nicaragua" and "I'll Take the Rhumba." The film gives a...
Topics: Melody Masters, Castle Film, 1950s Music Videos, Judy Clark, Desi Arnaz, The Rhumba, Stock Footage,...
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Dating to 1961, this U.S. Navy film "Meteorology: The Warm Front" teaches pilots and navigators basic information about warm front weather systems. The film appears to be aimed particularly at crews operating in northern climates such as Alaska and the arctic.  The film was made by Audio Productions. 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...
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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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Ralph M. Barnes’ “Motion Study Applications: Showing Better and Easier Ways to Work” is a black and white film studying motion economy. Ralph M. Barnes was a Professor of Engineering and Production Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Iowa. The film was produced by the University of Iowa in 1942.   The film opens with various workers performing mundane, repetitive tasks, such as sorting (0:44), putting pegs in holes (1:11), hammering (1:23),...
Topics: Motion Study Application, 1940s, Ralph M Barnes, Human Factors, Stock Footage
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This 1970s Charles Cahill and Associates film discusses safe driving for motorcyclists, and it features shots of a number of different bikes riding on freeways, dirt roads, and along residential streets, as well as footage of crash tests conducted by the UCLA’s Institute of Transportation and Traffic Engineering. The film opens with shots of people driving cars, motorcycles, and trucks on Southern California’s freeways, highways, and streets. Footage of traffic is spliced with shots of a...
Topics: Motorcycle, Driving, Tactics, 1970, Training Film, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational driver safety film is about how to drive on America's new, post-war highways / freeways and on multi lane roads. No copyright but this is circa the early 1950s. Opening titles: Multiple Lane Traffic, produced by Progressive Pictures (:09-:27). The old days, a car drives 25mph on a country road. Faster automobiles on a highway. Narrow 2 lane roads are going by the wayside and now turnpikes, freeways, highways and parkways that have multiple lanes are becoming...
Topics: 1950, Lane Traffic, Traffic, Driving, Los Angeles, Freeways, Stock Footage
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This 1967 color film dramatizes the dangers of casual drug use by telling the story of a young student who tries marijuana at a party and later becomes addicted to heroin. It was directed and produced by Mel Marshall, narrated by Patrick Miller, and stars Gerald LeRoy, Kevin Tighe (debut), Patrick Miller, and Julie Conners. It was written by Edward Brennan. A cobra snake stands erect, turning its head to show its spotted hood, it is mesmerizing and deadly (0:08). Title card: “Narcotics, Pit...
Topics: narcotics, Pit Of Despair, 1967, Anti Drugs, Scare Film, Heroin Addict, Stock Footage
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This rarely seen 1968, black and white film made for the United Jewish Appeal recounts the Six-Day War between Arabs and Israel in 1967 and how it affected the lives of Israelis. The film opens on the ancient site of Masada. Close-up of a man’s eyes. Bombings in Israel. "Never Again to Be Denied" 1:10. Narrated by actor Michael Tolan. Written by Harold Mayer and his wife and collaborator Lynn Rhodes Mayer. Edited by Walter Katz. Associate producer, Lynn Rhodes Mayer. Song, “How...
Topics: Never Again, To Be Denied, Arab, Israeli, 1967, Six Day War, Aftermath, Stock Footage
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This color travel film by Esso is about what New England has to offer the tourist. Copyright is 1949. Opening: An Esso Picture - Esso Marketers present NEW ENGLAND CALLING (:06-:33). Map of the United States. New England, 6 states in the Northeast Corner of the country. Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Rushing rivers, busy harbors, great universities, and a vacation land (:34-1:39). Cars on a highway. Plymouth, MA. Plymouth Rock. Tourists look at the...
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This 1979 documentary from Coronet Films looks at the development of the Middle East’s Gulf countries due to the sudden wealth the oil industry created for these nations. The film begins with aerial footage of the Gulf (Arabian/Persian Gulf). Viewers see oil wells burning at night (00:54), men moving through an open-air market, and fishermen pulling their nets onto a beach. A man herds camels; he is shown milking one of the animals (02:22). A woman and her son ride a donkey as the daughter...
Topics: 1979, Coronet Films, Middle East Gulf, Oil, Stock Footage
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com   Created by producer Paul Hoefler and photographed by Willard C. Hahn, this early 1960s educational film "Operation Freighter" provides a look at the SS Hawaiian Farmer. At the time the "Farmer" was working the sea lane between San Francisco and Hawaii as part of the Matson Navigation Company aka the Matson Line (and now more well...
Topics: Operation Freighter, 1964, SS Hawaiian Farmer, Matson Line Freighter, Stock Footage
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com Made in 1952 by the Investment Bankers Association, this black & white film takes a look at the power of the banking industry and the opportunities it presents for individual and collective success. Some of the topics examined include a look at capitalism and finance, and investing money in securities such as stocks or bonds. Opening: a mother...
Topics: Opportunity, USA, 1952, Investment Bankers, Banks, Stocks, Bonds, Stock Footage
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This WWII film "Pacific Menace" was produced as part of the industrial incentive program by the War Department. Intended to be shown to workers at naval aircraft, munitions and supply factories and shipyards, it was "Dedicated to the Workers Who Supply the Navy’s Fighting Needs."  This black and white film recounts the US involvement in the war effort against Japan and specifically the Battle of Luzon in the Philippines, and then tells the story of how an American airbase...
Topics: Pacific Menace, WWII, US Naval Digest, 1945, Luzon, Philippines, China Front, Stock Footage
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This is a 1970s era, color movie made by Boeing, describing the use of the 747 aircraft to carry cargo using the baggage area below the main deck. As the narrator states, the 747 is essentially an aerial train, airlifting people and goods and mail across an entire continent between breakfast and lunch. The 747 prototype aircraft is shown at :30. The future is here - now. Boeing 747. Packaged Profits. Lower Compartment Cargo System. The purpose of the film is the highlighted technology that went...
Topics: Packaged Profits, Cargo Capacity, Boeing 747, Jet Aircraft, Lower Compartment, Stock Footage
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This late 1960s documentary recaps the 1966 solar eclipse expedition off the coast of Brazil and Argentina by members of the Atomic Energy Commission and scientists of the University of California’s Los Alamos, Sandia, Lawrence Livermore, and the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory. The mission also featured a new innovative hydraulic tracking system used on several of the telescopes. The film opens with telescope footage of the Sun, including the solar corona, and photographs of the...
Topics: Solar Eclipse, Photo, Photography, NC-135, 1960, 1966, Stock Footage
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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 is a 1960s era, color movie about the Procurement process and the pitfalls one may face if procedures and schedules are not followed including espionage and spying. The movie opens with a man trying to separate to nails that are bent and intertwined. It’s a Chinese puzzle. Understanding classification. Procurement and the Chinese puzzle. Presented by the division Of Classification. US Atomic Energy Commission. The purpose of the movie is to show how when schedules aren’t followed,...
Topics: Chinese Puzzle, 1960s, US Atomic Energy
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This film about the construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad in the United Staes opens with images of the 1,500 miles of desert and plain which separated California Territory from the United States in the 1850s (:11). The continuous railroad line that ended up being built would cover 1,912 miles and was built between 1863 and 1869. Surveyors were sent out on fact finding missions in order to discover what the best route would be (:32). In 1853, a survey of five possible routes were...
Topics: Railroad Builders, Construction, Transcontinental Railroad, Utah, Stock Footage
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This color propaganda film made National Education Program (NEP) as a warning to citizens of the USA about the subversive groups within the country looking to destroy the American system and its people. It dates to 1968, one of the most chaotic years in 20th Century American history.   Opening credits: a disclaimer, REVOLUTION UNDERWAY (:01-:46). July 1967, Newark, NJ riots. National Guardsmen and police battle snipers.   A wounded man is placed on a gurney. A displaced shop owner is...
Topics: Revolution, Revolutionary, Underwaty, 1960, Anti Communist, Stock Footage