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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 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...
Topic: 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
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...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This late 1940s film pays tribute to Manolete, one of the great Spanish bullfighters and one whose death after being gored in 1947 remains as one of the sport's iconic moments. Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez (4 July 1917 – 29 August 1947), better known as Manolete, was a Spanish bullfighter. He rose to prominence shortly after the Spanish Civil War and is considered by some[who?] to be the greatest bullfighter of all time. His style was sober and serious, with few concessions to the...
Topic: Stock Footage
Debt To The Past: Science And Technology is a short 1960s educational film from the Moody Institute of Science that recaps the developments from the past that have helped lead to the modern development in science and technology. The film opens with several quick shots of institutes of research: Brookehaven National Laboratory where scientists fire streams of proton bullets at nuclear targets; Lamont Geological Observatory where men work with carbon 14 and burn ancient wood (00:37); UCLA Medical...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Released by "Films of the Nations", this black & white educational film "Denmark Fairytale Land" was photographed by Esther Cooke and narrated by Peter Allen. It was produced by Maurice T. Groen of D.P.M. Productions. Copyright 1954.Opening titles: Films of the Nations presents DENMARK - FAIRYTALE LAND (:07-:39). A windmill spins. A bird. A butterfly. Ducks in a pond. A fairytale tour of Denmark. Roskilde Cathedral (Danish: Roskilde Domkirke), in the city of Roskilde. A...
Topics: Denmark, Fairytale Land, 1954, Travelogue, Educational Film, Roskilde, Copenhagen, Stock Footage
One of the most powerful, emotion-packed documentaries to emerge from World War II, "Diary of a Sergeant" profiles Canadian-born, Boston-raised paratroop sergeant Harold Russel. On June 6, 1944 Russell lost both hands in a demolition accident. He later appeared in this Army Signal Corps documentary in which he acted out the various phases of the rehabilitation process of an amputee.  Director William Wyler saw the film while preparing "The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)"...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about Diesel Engine Governors and is presented by the United States Navy, Bureau of Aeronautics. Copyright is 1942.  Opening titles: The United States Navy, Bureau of Aeronautics presents Diesel Engine Governors (:06-:38). A diesel engine. A governor is a system that is used to maintain the mean speed of an engine, within certain limits, under fluctuating load conditions. It does this by regulating and controlling the amount of fuel supplied to the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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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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Narrated by Bill Slater, this short black & white educational film is about sporting and outdoor activities on the majestic Hudson River in New York State. Copyright 1950. Opening titles: Paramount Pictures presents Grantland Rice Sportlight - Down Stream Highway (:07-29). Map shows Lake Ontario, New York State, and parts of New England. Hudson River. Highest point in NY state is Mount Marcy, two men stand on it. The men walk as the scenery is behind them. Water falls in the forest,...
Topics: Stream, Highway, 1950s, New York, Lake Ontario, Hudson River, Documentary, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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DOWN THE POTOMAC is a 12 minute silent film, produced by the Edison Company in 1917. It depicts a traveler in a small boat, being pulled by a horse, along the historic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. The trip starts at its north-west terminus in Cumberland, Maryland, and heads 184 miles south east to Georgetown, Washington, D.C. The canal, completed in 1850, was in operation between 1831-1924, and was one of the last extant mule-hauled towpath canals built in the north east region of the fledgling...
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Topics: Potomac Valley, Georgetown, Washington DC, Potomac Canal, Stock Footage
National Film Preservation Foundation
by New York Daily News
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Promotional film demonstrating the importance of newspapers in everyday life. Sponsored by New York’s largest-circulation newspaper,  17 Days  is set during the citywide strike of newspaper delivery truck drivers in the summer of 1945. The film shows how the public literally went the extra mile to get their papers directly from the  Daily News . Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia does his part by reading aloud the  Dick Tracy  comic strip on the radio.
Topic: sponsored film
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This extremely rare silent film shows the 1927 Dole Air Race from Oakland, California to Honolulu Hawaii. The race was one of the most tragic episodes in aviation history, costing ten human lives and destroying six aircraft. More on this below: The Dole Air Race, also known as the Dole Derby, was a tragic air race across the Pacific Ocean from northern California to the Territory of Hawaii in August 1927. Of the 15-18 airplanes entered, eleven were certified to compete but three crashed before...
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This extremely rare silent film shows the 1927 Dole Air Race from Oakland, California to Honolulu Hawaii.  The race was one of the most tragic episodes in aviation history, costing ten human lives and destroying six aircraft.  More on this below: The Dole Air Race, also known as the Dole Derby, was a tragic air race across the Pacific Ocean from northern California to the Territory of Hawaii in August 1927. Of the 15-18 airplanes entered, eleven were certified to compete but three crashed...
Topic: Stock Footage
“An Airplane Trip,” a 1939 black-and-white ERPI Classroom Films Inc. produced instructional sound film, combines the novelty of flying in the early days with basic inner workings of a passenger plane. The film opens with a mother and her young daughter entering the Los Angeles Union Air Terminal ( 0:30 ). They purchase their tickets to Salt Lake City at the terminal ( 0:47 ). They then head outside to the gate and watch in awe and anticipation as the airplane rolls slowly to the landing...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
“Communications: The Story of Communications” is a 1947 20th Century Fox black-and-white production explaining the importance of communication to mankind. Narrated by radio and television announcer Nelson Case, the film opens with scenes of street celebrations at mark  00:50  as residents celebrate news of an unidentified event (though likely the end of World War II). Printing presses run off newspaper copies as newsboys rush into the streets, “shouting a story that everyone knows...
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This black and white documentary film from 1949 was produced by Louis de Rochemont Associates, Inc., distributed by United World Films, Inc, directed by John Ferno, and photographed by filmmaker Richard Leacock. It follows the lives of a group of Arab nomads who live with their flocks and herds near the Atlas Mountains in the Sahara Desert in French Morocco. The film opens with the rocky limestone portion of the Sahara and the men around the campfire in the morning (:27- 1:15 ). A man’s...
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This 1950 film presented by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (:08) is a promotion for the Dole Fruit Cocktail invented in the Barron-Gray Canning Company plant. The cocktail includes cherries, peaches, pears, grapes and pineapples. The film shows this colorful variety of fruits from their harvest and as they go through canning processes. It was produced by Jerry Fairbanks Inc. (:18) and opens with a span of a cherry tree orchard (:28) in the San Joaquin Valley, California. The famous vinelands of...
Topics: 1950s, Dole Fruit, Promo Film, Rainbow Harvest, Hawaii, Pineapple, California, Grapes, Stock Footage
This 1951 black and white public service film about irresponsible drivers features Judge Roger Alton Pfaff, the narrator is radio broadcaster Elliot Lewis, produced by Cate & McGlone, and sponsored by International Harvester Company. It opens with “Arthur Average” laying on the horn and illegally passing on the shoulder ( 1:09 - 1:33 ). A California Highway Motorcycle Patrolman on motorcycle watches traffic. Arthur reduces his speed (speedometer shown) and speeds up again. The police...
Topics: High Definition, Stock Footage
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by PeriscopeFilm
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On July 1, 1952, the Chrysler Corporation unveiled its new M48 Patton battle tank, nicknamed the "Phantom 48".   This film, "Land Battleship", shows the demonstration by the first Pattons at the Delaware Tank Plant in Newark, Delaware.   The M-3, a WWII battle tank of the type that would be replaced by the '48, is also shown at the 6:45 mark.   This was the first tank ever built by Chrysler.   The M48 Patton is a main battle tank (MBT) that was designed in the United...
Topics: 1952, Demonstration, Prototype, Patton 48 Tank, Stock Footage
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Made in 1953, "Ram Power in Action" promotes the new 1953 Dodge cars. The film emphasizes the car's directional stability, comfort, speed and performance. The "Red Ram" engine is the centerpiece of the automobile, and it is shown off in a variety of ways including a police chase at the 18 minute mark. The film begins at mark  0:50 , with a script writer and his secretary writing about movies on new cars in action. The main purpose of the movie is going to be to describe the...
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This Castle Films News Parade episode from 1954 tells the story of Pope Pius XII. Born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli, Pope Pius XII ( 00:42 ) served as Pope of the Catholic Church from 1939 until his death in 1958. The film opens with an aerial shot of the Vatican ( 00:21 ) and St. Peter’s Basilica ( 00:30 ). Before becoming the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church, he visits the Shrine of Lourdes ( 01:10 ), Budapest ( 01:16 ), and Fordham University ( 01:40 ) in the U.S. In 1939,...
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This 1958 black and white film “Whale Trainer” is part of the “Danger is My Business” television series produced and hosted by “Mr. Adventure” Lieutenant Colonel John D. Craig. Close-up shots of whales lead to John at Marineland of the Pacific [open 1954-1987]  (:07-1:13). The Marineland of the Pacific ship’s captain calls in about a pod of pilot whales (1:14-2:10). The training pool shows “Bubbles”, the first captured pilot whale. [The press surrounding her 2016 death...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Enter the world of stock car racing in the late 1950s. In "The Famous Measured Mile", a film presented by the Perfect Circle Corporation, gorgeous cars are modified within regulation rules and pitted against each other in the most grueling test of speed, safety and ingenuity. Immediately followed by an announcer narrated play by play of the 42nd Annual Indianapolis 500. These guys endure all 500 laps bending around curves at 140 miles an hour and navigating through obstacles as other...
Topics: 1958, Daytona, Indianapolis 500, Race, Stock Footage
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Produced by Dynamic Films, this color movie celebrates the 8th annual 1966 Daytona 500. The picture, produced by the Daytona International Speedway, opens on a rainy field as a mist filled the air — a problem that plagued the qualifying time trials for the race. Petty is shown at mark  00:55  after he had set a new qualifying track record of 176.65 mph. We see fellow racers such as Jim Hurtubise, Bobby Isaac, Fred Lorenzen, Cale Yarborough, Larry Frank, Darel Dieringer, and a young Mario...
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Beyond the West Coast of the United States are 85 million square miles of ocean, stretching from the Aleutian Islands in the north to the South Pole; past the Hawaiian Islands and onto Guam and the Philippines and continuing to Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean and beyond. In total, about 40 percent of the globe are covered by those waters — and are the responsibility of the United States Pacific Command. That dramatic narrative introduces the viewer to this color film and the unified...
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Produced in 1970 by Spectra Pictures Corp., "The Man Called Edison" chronicles inventor Thomas Edison’s involvement in the motion picture industry. It showcases many early Edison films from the Library of Congress' paper prints collection. Although some of the facts in the film would likely be disputed by modern historians, the majority of the story presented in the film is accurate. One of photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s images opens the film (1:10); he experimented with motion...
Topics: 1970, Edison, Thomas Edison, 1988, Motion Picture, Stock Footage
This 1971 color educational/training film from Charles Cahill Associates is a driver safety film about keeping safe distance between cars to prevent accidents, or as the film says, "Space to react, to take action, space to stay out of trouble." The title of the film was likely inspired by Star Trek. Opening: a man drives in his station wagon on a Los Angeles freeway. He drives with a cigar in his mouth. His driving off the freeway, onto city streets, and then overturning on a country...
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This film takes a look at the marine journey to Prudhoe Bay from Seattle and Tacoma Washington in order to develop an Alaskan oil reserve which was to be under contract of Atlantic Richfield Company or ARCO. The Alaskan northern slope remains icy for most of the year and receives little rainfall (:13). Summers are brief and caribou are seen returning to their traditional calving grounds (:25). In 1968, ARCO's operating area in Prudhoe Bay is pictured (:49) and this was part of a large-scale...
Topics: 1975, Transportation, US Coast Guard, Journey To Pruhoe, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
FLYING TO FREEDOM documents the 1977 defection by a pilot in China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force. On July 7, 1977, Cmdr. Fan Yuanyan of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force flew his MiG-19 from Jinjiang, Fujian, in the communist People’s Republic of China to Tainan, Taiwan. The timing of this defection, which also came as U.S. President Jimmy Carter was moving decisively toward normalization of relations with the PRC, made Fan an anti-communist star in Taiwan and the U.S.A. (It...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Ephemeral VHS
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Topics: VHS, 1994-05-12 David Copperfield 15 Years of Magic
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This historic U.S. Navy film was made in the wake of the disastrous kamikaze attack and fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin in 1945, specifically to provide naval ship architects insight into the structural damage endured by the ship during the incident.  According to a truncated card at the head of the film, this forensic examination of the damage was made in hopes that future carriers might be made more resistant to damage.  USS Franklin (CV/CVA/CVS-13, AVT-8), nicknamed "Big...
Topics: USS Franklin, Aircraft Carrier, Kamikaze, U.S. Navy, Honshu, Essex Class Aircraft Carrier, World...
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This historic U.S. Navy film was made in the wake of the disastrous air attack and fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin in 1945, specifically to provide naval ship architects insight into the structural damage endured by the ship during the incident.  According to a truncated card at the head of the film, this forensic examination of the damage was made in hopes that future carriers might be made more resistant to damage.  USS Franklin (CV/CVA/CVS-13, AVT-8), nicknamed "Big...
Topics: USS Franklin, United States Navy, 1945, USS Franklin CV-13, Kobe Harbor, Torpedo Bomber, Japan,...
Educational Films
by Morinaga Milk Industry Co
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365 Days With Our Baby Uses a Maidu Indian village located in Sacramento Valley, Calif., to show the range of activity of an archaeologist, from pre-excavation research planning to the end of field excavvation.
Topics: Infants, Parenting, Child rearing
A/V Geeks
by EPA, Stuart Finley
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About the EPA's push to convert the country's garbage dumps into sanitary landfills. While showing some success stories the film features an unflattering view of Raleigh NC - home of A/V Geeks - among other places across the United States. We digitized and uploaded this film from the A/V Geeks Archives. Email us at footage@avgeeks.com if you have questions about the footage and are interested in using it in your project.
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Topics: landfill, garbage, environment
Educational Films
by Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961; British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service; Time-Life Films
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Depicts the travels of psychologist Carl Gustav Jung and explains the development of his major theories and concepts. Discusses the collective unconscious, the psychology of types, the psyche in space and time and the importance of myth and intuition to the complete man. Part of a series that examines Jung's life and work, presented by Laurens van der Post, a friend of Jung's for 15 years. Shows how a married couple deals with the birth of their first child. Examines some of the problems and...
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Topic: Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961
A/V Geeks
by Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc.
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90 Day Wondering (1956) United States Army/Warner Bros. Directed by seasoned Warner Bros. animator Chuck Jones and featuring the voice of Mel Blanc, we see young soldier Ralph Phillips re-entering the civilian world and puzzling over reenlisting. Two spritely characters, Pete and Re-Pete, try to sway his decision. Since this was produced for the U.S. Army, we can guess which argument comes out on top. The character Ralph Phillips shows up as a hyper-imaginative kid in other Warner Bros....
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Although of somewhat poor quality, this historic silent newsreel shows German fighter ace Hermann Goering in action during WWI, and shots of the Fokker D.VII aircraft. Hermann Wilhelm Göring 12 January 1893 – 15 October 1946) was a German politician, military leader, and leading member of the Nazi Party (NSDAP). A veteran of World War I as an ace fighter pilot, he was a recipient of the coveted Pour le Mérite, also known as the "Blue Max". He was the last commander of...
Topics: Herman Goring, Newsreel, World War 1, Germany, Fokker, Manfred D. VII, Luftstretkrafte, Manfred Von...
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This travelogue view of New York City was released by Castle Films just before WWII, and features highlights of the Big Apple from Wall Street to downtown, City Hall, the "Tombs" of the city prison (demolished in 1941), Brooklyn Bridge, the Bowery, Harlem, Lower East Side, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, the Hudson River and the ocean liner docks, the Flatiron Building, the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Public Library, Park Avenue, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center,...
Topics: New York Ctiy, Newsreel, NYC, Brooklyn, Lower East Side, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, City,...
Filmed on June 12, 1944, this silent film shows Allied leaders on their way to visit the invasion beachhead in France. There are apparently two (separate) parties shown, one British and one American. Some of the persons you will see in the film include British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Jan Christiaan Smuts (to Churchill's right at 1:23 ), General George C. Marshall ( 7:08 ), Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Ernest...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Educational Films
by Disney Educational Productions; Coronet/MTI Film and Video
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Cataloged from contributor's data
Topic: Drug abuse
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This 1930s German educational film shows life on a dairy farm. Cows are milked, fed, groomed, and a great deal of effort put into keeping the living quarters clean and sanitary. The entire family pitches in to keep the farm running and take care of other animals including chickens and pigs. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by...
Topic: Stock Footage
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The 1950s color training film “Dangers Along Haulage Ways” is a cautionary tale promoting mine safety. The scenarios are re-enactments based on case files. As the story opens, a mine worker is seriously injured because his thoughts were on an upcoming hunting trip — not on safety. Rather than drive his shuttle car in the direction of travel, “Mike” puts his vehicle in reverse (mark  02:30 ) and at a high rate of speed. The safety engineer doesn’t approve of such behavior ( 04:20 )...
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This 1930s German silent short film shows Budapest, "The Pearl of the Danube". The film starts with a panoramic view of the city and the Danube River before showing the Széchenyi Chain Bridge (1:08), royal castle (1:19), Fisherman's Bastion (2:00) and Vajdahunyad Castle (3:10). At 3:40 another short film shows Vienna, Austria starting with the old town and city hall at 4:30, the theater at 4:44,  the Burgtor at Heldenplatz at 4:53, the department of war building at 5:30, Belvedere...
Topic: Stock Footage
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(December 20, 1994) This 30 minute NASA Technology News Video Release contains a series of shots demonstrating the DART (Dexterous Anthropomorphic Robotic Testbed) equipment. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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Made by the famed Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet, "Hall of Wonders" features Today Show host Dave Garroway talking about General Motors as an innovator in the field of automotive design. The film ends with a look at the brand new Chevy Corvette.   The Chevrolet Corvette, known colloquially as the Vette, is a sports car manufactured by Chevrolet. The car has been produced through seven generations. The first model, a convertible, was introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a...
Topics: Dave Garroway, Chevrolet, Corvette, Promotional Film, Stock Footage
Created for home use, this short, silent version of TAG DER FREIHEIT: UNSERE WEHRMACHT (English: Day of Freedom: Our Armed Forces) was directed by Leni Riefenstahl, following Victory of Faith and Triumph of the Will. Her third film recounts the Seventh Party Rally of the Nazi Party, which occurred in Nuremberg in 1935, and focuses on the German army. The film was originally released in December of 1935. The film depicts a mock battle staged by German troops during the ceremonies at Nuremberg on...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
The Dope Tapes
by Michael Aldrich
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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA JUDICIAL CONFERENCE EXCERPTS 6-1-1989 AND 6-2-1989. Cato Institute libertarian conference, Kurt Schmoke, Tod Mikuriya M.D.
Topics: vhs, Drugs, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley
Source: VHS Panasonic AG-1980>Panasonic DMR-E30>CDR via OSX
Ephemeral VHS
by McDonnell Douglas
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Introduction to the Delta Clipper Experimental (DC-X) reusable launch vehicle test project. It was initiated by the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) and built by McDonnell Douglas corporation. This is a test article for a fully Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) to send people and payloads to Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The DC-X was part of SDIO's Single Stage To Orbit (SSTO) program. "The Future is Now" video is a promotional piece developed with the help of...
Topics: vhs, DCX, DC-X, Delta Clipper, Delta Clipper Experimental, DC-XA, rocket, rocketship, spaceship,...
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Ephemeral VHS
by Gallaudet University
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"... DEAF MOSAIC  is produced monthly by the Department of Television, Film and Photography at Gallaudet University, the worlds leading academic and research center on deafness.   DEAF MOSAIC  is broadcast monthly on The Discovery Channel and is seen on selected PBS affiliated television stations." 
Topics: vhs, Leda Silva, Jevron Whetter, Robert Johnson, "Dino-man", Dr. Ursula Bellugi, KODA,...
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"... DEAF MOSAIC  is produced monthly by Gallaudet University Television.   DEAF MOSAIC  is aired weekly on the Discovery Channel and is seen on selected PBS affiliated television stations."
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Source: VHS Panasonic AG-1980>Panasonic DMR-E30>CDR via OSX
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This early 1940s black and white propaganda film of Soviet war footage, "Defenders of Moscow" opens with a shot of a downed German plane (:11). Men and women use sledge hammers and shovels to strengthen the Moscow defensive earthworks (:13-:43). With the men fighting, women make shells in an ammunition factory (:44- 1:30 ). They also make skis for the soldiers ( 1:32 - 2:03 ). Men in a munitions factory assemble the Tommy guns / machineguns and Kalashnikovs and AK-47s carried by ski...
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Made in the 1970s to commemorate the Soviet victory over Fascist Germany, this short film portrays the defense of Moscow against the Wehrmacht in 1941-42. It includes a speech made by Stalin at the 1:15 mark, rallying his forces against the invaders. The film includes footage of Russian tank and artillery forces, as well as infantry, assaulting the Germans. The film is also rife with images showing lend-lease supplies such as tanks, and hordes of well-armed, camouflaged troops in winter white,...
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This footage shows a three rotor German Enigma machine invented by the German engineer Arthur Scherbius at the end of World War I. Early models were used commercially from the early 1920s, and adopted by military and government services of several countries, most notably Nazi Germany before and during World War II. Several different Enigma models were produced, but the German military models are the most commonly recognized. German military messages enciphered on the Enigma machine were first...
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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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Dating to the 1940s, this silent Encyclopedia Brittanica produced film shows "Desert Arabs" -- the bedouins of Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The life of these nomads is shown, traveling with flocks of sheep to pasture areas, and living in tents (shown at  1:27 ). At  1:57 , the churning of goat's milk is seen. At  2:29 , camels are shown being loaded to carry large basket-like saddles. At  3:40 , donkeys are shown being herded. At  3:50 , a caravan makes its way to an oasis. A baby...
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Produced by the Army Film and Photographic Unit and the Royal Air Force Film Production Unit, this black-and-white film is Part 2 of “Desert Victory,” exploring the Battle for North Africa during World War II. The film starts cold with British tanks rolling across the desert during the Second Battle of El Alamein, and explanation that in the early going, the British Eighth Army had made a four-mile advance through German lines to the north, as well as advancements against the lines of...
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Produced by the Army Film and Photographic Unit and the Royal Air Force Film Production Unit, this black-and-white film is Part 2 of “Desert Victory,” exploring the Battle for North Africa during World War II. The film starts cold with British tanks rolling across the desert during the Second Battle of El Alamein, and explanation that in the early going, the British Eighth Army had made a four-mile advance through German lines to the north, as well as advancements against the lines of...
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Made in 1958 as part of the "Medical Defense Against Chemical Warfare" series, this film specifically examines the procedures used to detect food that has been contaminated as a result of a chemical attack.  This includes the use of the G-Agents test used for nerve gas, and also mustard, cyanogen chloride and other agents. Nerve agents are a class of phosphorus-containing organic chemicals (organophosphates) that disrupt the mechanism by which nerves transfer messages to organs. The...
Topics: Chemical Weapon, Contamination, Sulfur Mustard, Weapon, Cold War, Weapon Of Mass Destruction, Nerve...
Designed for those who maintained ship and submarine power plants, this WWII era black & white training film is about the lubrication system. Copyright 1943. The Detroit Diesel Series 71 is a two-stroke diesel engine series, available in both inline and V configurations. The inline six-cylinder 71 series engine was introduced as the initial flagship product of the Detroit Diesel Engine Division of General Motors in 1938.  The first number in the model series designation refers to the...
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Produced in the 1940s, this U.S. Navy instructional film gives an overview of how a photographic negative works on a chemical level, and how it can be processed successfully. All the steps of the procedure are shown, and a modern photographic darkroom demonstrated. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for...
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Released in 1945 by General Electric to promote the adoption of fluorescent lamps, "The Magic of Fluoresence" presents a short historical background of man's conquest over darkness, from the first time prehistoric man brought the flaming fagot into his cave, through the development of the taper, the candle, the kerosene lamp, gas, the incandescent bulb and finally the development of the fluorescent tube. The film shows how fluorescent lights (first introduced in 1938) are...
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“DeWalt Saws In The War Program” is a World War II era black-and-white promotional film touting the use of the power tools to combat Axis forces. A scroll beginning at mark  00:35  explains how the United States “is creating the most efficient and finest Army and Navy personnel, equipping them with the best ships, planes, tanks, and guns of history.” Such objectives require the quick construction of training bases — leading the DeWalt company to develop new machines to meet the...
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This black & white film from the late 1930s details the creation of diesel engines. To explain how pistons work, the ancient fire syringe or fire piston is explained. It was invented by Southeast Asia natives who used a bamboo cylinder and plunger with tinder on it. Rapidly compressing the plunger created fire (1:57-2:52). A modern version is constructed with thermometers and a pressure gauge into which oil is sprayed as the fire mechanism (2:58-4:48). Another way of showing the effects of...
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This color US Navy training film is about basic computer techniques. This is a 1962 film based on the roman numeral copyright at the end. Opening credits: This US Navy Film has been adopted for department of the Army use. Unclassified. US Navy Training Film - DIGITAL COMPUTER TECHNIQUES (:08-:58). What are digital computers? Explanations are provided. Computers remember data and can fetch it in a fraction of a moment (:58-1:53). At 1:05 a Univac mainframe is shown. An ElectroData mainframe...
Topics: Digital, Computers, Techniques, Principles, 1962, US Navy, IBM, Electrodata, Stock Footage
This 1964 black and white documentary film “Survival! Andrea Doria” details the sinking of the SS Andrea Doria on July 25, 1956. It was produced by Official Films, Inc; Sherman Grinberg Productions, Inc. Survivors provide their recollections to narrator James Whitmore (:20- 1:00 ). June, 1951, the Italian ship is shown from multiple angles. The ship is blessed by Cardinal Archbishop Giuseppe Siri, christened, and launched ( 1:35 - 2:43 ). The first-class lounge has murals and a bonze statue...
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This episode of the TV show, Discovery ‘66, dates to the year 1966. Discovery (in several incarnations) was an innovative historical, cultural and educational documentary TV series for children that aired from 1962-1971 on ABC. It was originally hosted by Frank Buxton on aired on weekdays, but for most of the Sixties it could be found on Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings. This  episode "The World Beneath the Sea" opens with host Bill Owen (who succeeded Buxton in 1966) holding...
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This episode of the TV show, Discovery ‘66, dates to the year 1966. Discovery (in several incarnations) was an innovative historical, cultural and educational documentary TV series for children that aired from 1962-1971 on ABC. It was originally hosted by Frank Buxton on aired on weekdays, but for most of the Sixties it could be found on Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings. This episode "The World Beneath the Sea" opens with a diver in full scuba gear underwater. A submersible...
Topics: Discovery 66, 1968, The World Beneath The Sea, Part 2, Stock Footage, Mini Submarines