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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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Topic: 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
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...
Topic: Stock Footage
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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...
Topic: Stock Footage
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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
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This short 1986 film celebrates Coca-Cola’s 100th Anniversary with a look back at the company’s founding in 1886, the development of bottling the beverage, and a recap of the marketing campaigns for the product. The film opens with an image of President Grover Cleveland and an illustration of John Pemberton with Jacob’s Pharmacy in the background. Another photograph shows people at a store enjoying soda fountain drinks. A picture shows the room where early carbonated soda was made. Next,...
Topics: 1986, Coca Cola, A Century Ago, 100th Anniversary, Celebration, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about an ex military officer seeking a woman in Israel. It gives the viewer a tour of some of the country of Israel. There is no copyright featured and no opening credits. This is circa the 1950s. A man exits a large ship, The ship loads supplies onto itself.  Back in the past, an officer exits the ship. A woman wanders the shipyard looking around. The officer and the woman bump into each other. The woman leaves the yard and gets into a car. The man follows. They...
Topics: Girl, Galilea, 1950, Israel, Travelogue, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Stock Footage
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Directed by Ramsay Short and Michael Orrom, with cinematography by the incredible Winton Hoch, "A Light In Nature" is a 1960 film about science created by the Shell Oil Corporation.  The film shows scientific research and the creative process of discovery in probing radioactivity, astronomy, materials science, geology, biophysics, oceanography, the discovery of DNA, etc. This production was made to coincide with the Tercentenary of the Royal Society as a tribute to the scientific...
Topics: Shell, Oil, Ransay Short, Michael Orrom, 1960, Stock Footage
This is a 1970’s era, color film funded by Piper Aircraft as a promotion for their planes. The the movie opens with a man walking on the beach. Elgen Marion Long (born August 12, 1927) is an American aviator and author who has set fifteen aviation records and firsts, including his 1971 flight around the world over both poles. He received the FAI Gold Air Medal for his accomplishment. He has developed a "Crash and Sink" theory explaining the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Long has,...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This episode of Jack Douglas’ television series Across the Seven Seas, “A Midnight In Amsterdam,” takes viewers to the most famous city in the Netherlands for a look at music, flowers, entertainment, and life on the canals. The episode opens with a shot of the inland seaport of Amsterdam (01:13), the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, and the city’s narrow streets lit up at night with neon lights. In the main shopping area of the city, street organs play music for tourists and locals alike...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This color educational film is about CB Radios/Two Way Radios and how necessary they are. Most of the footage is still images live action and animation. Copyright 1959. Opening titles: A Million Invisible Messengers (:07-:55) Clock bell goes off. Police car is stationary with two policemen in it. One uses a CB radio to contact another. Police have a man cuffed. Map of the United States (:56-2:10). A woman calls the city gas plant, there's a gas odor. The plant contest a person to go smell the...
Topics: Million Invisible Messengers, 1959, CB Radio, Citizens Band, Promotional Film, Communications,...
Produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc. in the late 1940s, A Miracle for Mrs. Smith is a short film that shows viewers how the Bell telephone system works and how Western Electric manufacturers the materials and products used in the telephone industry. The film opens with footage of a football game: the quarterback throws a touchdown pass and the crowd cheers. Football players practice the touchdown pass on the practice field (01:10). Mrs. Smith, an American housewife, sits in her living...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This color educational/promotional film is about the new UH-60A built by Sikorsky. This helicopter was designed to meet the U.S. Army's Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System (UTTAS) requirements released in 1972. The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-blade, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft. Deliveries of the UH-60A to the Army began in October 1978 and the helicopter entered service in June 1979. Copyright is circa the mid to late 1970s....
Topics: A New Star In The Sky, Sikorsky UH-60A, Black Hawk Helicopter, UTTAS, Stock Footage
A Ring That’s Right For Every Engine is a 1970s promotional film for Perfect Circle’s piston rings (Dana Corporation). The short film opens with footage of racecars on the track at the 1974 Indianapolis 500. Lloyd Ruby pulls up in his No. 9 car. He speaks to the camera about racing. There are a few shots of pit crews working on engines. Ruby talks about his reliance on Perfect Circle piston rings. The film shows a number of different vehicles that apparently use/used Perfect Circle...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Produced by the Moody Institute of Science (MIS), a production company for the pro-creationism Moody Bible Institute and headed by pastor Irwin A. Moon, A Sermon From Science is a late 1960s or early 1970s educational film that shows the developments made in recording the underwater sounds of the seas (while situating it in a Christian context). The film opens with a shot of the sun sitting just above the sea, reflecting off the water; this is followed by footage of coastal scenes and...
Topics: 1970, Science, Moody Institute, LA, Underwater, Bible, Stock Footage
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A Story of Fighter Development is a short film, narrated by Anthony Kimmins, that gives viewers a brief history of British development of fighter aircraft from the 1920s through the years following World War II. The film begins with a Supermarine Attacker fighter plane moving out onto a runway at a Supermarine facility. Pilot Jeffrey Quill demonstrates flying the Attacker, flying the plane above a crowd of spectators at the airfield facility. A type 510, a high-speed version of the Attacker,...
Topics: Story Of A Fighter, Development, Supermarine, Attacker Jet, Spitfire, Jeffrey Quill, Stock Footage
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Made sometime in the 1940s, this silent movie shows a trip through the Post Grape Nuts manufacturing center at Battle Creek, Michigan. Grape-Nuts is a breakfast cereal developed in 1897 by C. W. Post, a former patient and later competitor of the 19th-century breakfast food innovator, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. The cereal originally prepared by C. W. Post when developing the product was a batter that came from the oven as a rigid sheet. He then broke the sheet into pieces and ran them through a...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made in 1951 by Zeit Im Film, Südwest-Film GmbH,  "A  Will -- A Way" is a somewhat typical post-WWII social education film. It focuses on how private initiatives can result in positive change in war torn Germany. Specifically, the film looks at how communities can come together to rebuild cities and villages, and without government help or intervention. Such messages were critical in a nation that had endured such a devastating defeat in 1945. Here, six years later, people are...
Topic: Stock Footage
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A man is tormented by the letter "A".  According to director Lenica, "It is a very simple film, with only one man and one letter in one set design. It is about a conflict between the man and the letter."  Rarely seen, with only a handful of prints known to be in existence.  Animated (cartoon, combined technique), West Germany/France. Awards: 1965 - Grand Prix at Oberhausen, Bundesfilmspreis - West Germany, Grand Prix at Prades. Opening card reads: en français J'étais un...
Topics: Animated films, Bundesfilmspreis
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This U.S. Navy film was made to educate pilots about the flight characteristics of the Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II, and to prepare them for landing the aircraft on a carrier, as well as takeoff. The A-7 was developed during the early 1960s as replacement for the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Its design was derived from the Vought F-8 Crusader. Copyright 1970, and filmed aboard USS Oriskany (CV/CVA-34). The tail markings of the aircraft indicate they are from CVG-12, Carrier Air Group 12 or RCVG-12,...
Topics: A-7 Corsiar II, US Navy, Aircraft Carrier, Flight Deck Landing, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This film from the British Act / Fact series recounts January 1st, 1945 -- New Year's Day -- when Allied aircraft faced a surprise onslaught of German fighters raiding their bases in Belgium and Holland. Anti-aircraft crews raced into action. Many Allied aircraft were hit on the ground before they could scramble into the air. At 2;02, Royal Air Force Spitfires, Typhoons and Tempests are sent to intercept the German planes, and fighter support for bombing raids is diverted to staunch the...
Topics: Air Battle, January, 1945, Luftwaffe, Battle Of The Bulge, Operation Bodenplatte, Stock Footage,...
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Dating to 1936, this silent film "Air Stunts" shows highlights from the National Air Races, which featured a number of barnstormer acts as well as racing competitions. One astonishing segment shows pilot Harold Johnson performing a loop and roll with a gigantic Ford Trimotor -- a plane not exactly built for performance (1:44). At (3:19) he lands on one wheel. At (:44), Hollywood stunt pilot Frank Clark maneuvers a biplane above an attentive crowd. At (3:34) a parachutist jumps off the...
Topics: Air Stunts, Looping Ford, Trimotor, Barnstormer, Tricks, Stunts, Frank Clark, Stock Footage,...
Made during WWII by RKO Radio Pictures, AIR WAVES gives a brief history of the radio, and shows the development of the technology as it progressed from a crystal set novelty to an indispensable part of American life. Radio City Music Hall and the Rockefeller Center are seen at the 2:00 mark, with the largest radio studios in the world. At 2:30, the NBC studios are seen and at 3:10 a demonstration is made of how sound effects are made using cellophane, wooden blocks, and rubber spheres. At 4:10,...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about an aircraft magneto which is an engine driven electrical generator that uses permanent magnets and coils to produce high voltage to fire the aircraft spark plugs. Aircraft magnetos are used in piston aircraft engines and known for their simplicity and reliability. This is circa the 1940s.  Opening titles: Scintilla Magneto Division presents The Aircraft Magneto Part 1: Theory Of Operation Of The Four Pole Magneto (:06-:32). Various machine pieces and screws...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about the 49th State of the United States: Alaska. A Helene Fischer production. Copyright is circa the 1960s.  Opening titles: Helene Fischer presents Alaska (:06-:38). City of Anchorage, AK. A totem Pole. A weather sign that turns. A sign reads: "Caution: Aircraft has right of way" on some dirt roads. People fish in a stream in Anchorage (:39-2:27). Youngsters fish with one another. A group of airplanes with pontoons sit on the water. Aerial shots of...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Alcohol is Dynamite (1958)  is an educational scare film warning young people of the dangers of alcohol.  Sid Davis Productions heads the main title frame, neat Mid-Century font centered in a sunburst design.  Dramatic music blares, the film’s location is listed as Inglewood.  A sign reading “LIQUOR” opens the story.  The film introduces two young men trying to buy beer.  They shoulder-tap the narrator.  An illustration of an XXX-labeled liquor bottle transforms into a bottle of...
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All Aboard America is a short 1976 film about the bicentennial celebration train, the American Freedom Train, discussing the project’s inception, design and construction, layout and route. The film shows some illustrations of America’s founding fathers, images from the Civil War, and early footage of an automobile, World War I, and Franklin D. Roosevelt addressing a crowd. John Warner, head of the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration, shows off the Declaration of Independence,...
Topic: Stock Footage
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"All Of One Company" is a 1980 documentary showing daily life aboard the ill fated HMS Coventry—including daily chores, mock drills, and resupplying at sea—during its ten-day voyage from Portsmouth to Hong Kong via Singapore. In Portsmouth, members of the Coventry’s crew carry supplies off the ship. The gangplank is pushed back and the Royal Navy destroyer leaves the dock. The captain addresses his crew on a street in Singapore on 14 July (01:11). Later, the men board the...
Topics: 1980, HMS Conventry, Hong Kong, Singapore, Royal Navy, Stock Footage
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Produced by NATO and the Signal Photographic Service of the U.S. Army, this black & white film is about the formation of NATO and its importance in the defense of the free world. Copyright 1951. The film features a score by William Alwyn. The film dates from the time when Gen. Dwight Eisenhower was supreme commander of NATO (1950-52), a post he left in order to run for President of the United States. Opening: NATO presents Alliance for Peace (:07-:47). Edward R. Murrow narrates. On a road...
Topics: Alliance For Peace, 1951, North Atlantic Treaty, Cold War, NATO, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Produced in 1958 by Jam Handy Organization (and sponsored by the Chevrolet division of General Motors), “In Appreciation Of Stylist Of America” is a Technicolor American Look film that documents automotive, industrial, interior, and architectural design from the last truly great era of American design. An opening crawl explains that purpose, to pay tribute to men and women who work in the design industry — those “who work in lines, forms and textures, and colors to give to us beauty,...
Topics: Chevrolet, Jam handy, 1958, General Motors, Stock Footage
This charming, silent home movie from 1932 shows views around Louisville, Kentucky. The film starts in a private home where glasses are raised in toast. At :34 the word "1932" is drawn in the snow and a snowball thrown at the camera. At 1:09 the collonade walk at the Louisville Central Park is shown. At 1:36 kids ride sleighs in the park. At 2:47 a bridge over the Ohio River is shown. At 3:08 the paddle steamer showboat / steamboat "City of Memphis" makes its way along the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This black & white Arthur Murray instructional film demonstrates how to do the Rumba and the Mambo. The film dates to the 1940s.  Arthur Murray (1895 – 1991) was a famous American ballroom dancer and businessman.  After WWII, Murray's dance instruction business grew with the rise of interest in Latin dance, and he regularly taught and broadcast in Cuba in the 1950s. He later hosted the television show The Arthur Murray Party for a decade from 1950-60. Opening titles: The Arthur Murray...
Topics: Arthur Murray, Rumba, Mambo, 1940s, Dance, Latin Dancing, Ballroom Dancing, Stock Footage,...
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Produced by the Convair division of General Dynamics, this color film presents the Atlas Missile, the first operational intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed by the United States and the first member of the Atlas rocket family, as well as one of the first large liquid-fueled rockets. The first successful flight of a highly instrumented Atlas missile to full range occurred 28 November 1958, and the film probably dates from that time period. Atlas ICBMs were deployed operationally...
Topics: Atlas, Factor Production, VW Bugs, Microbus, Fastback, Wolfsgurg, Germany, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This short film from the early 1960s, produced by North American Aviation’s Atomics International division for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), uses footage, illustrations, animation and models to give viewers a look at the development of compact nuclear power sources for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission’s SNAP Program (Systems for Nuclear Auxiliary Power). The film opens with a shot of sunrise over a city. Viewers see powerlines running through a valley and into a residential...
Topics: Atoms, Space, NASA, Nuclear Auxiliary Power, US Atomic Energy, Stock Footage
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Made for pilot trainees by Wilding, this black & white, U.S. Navy film is about airplane attitude. It is one of a series of films made during WWII, to rapidly teach cadets the principles of flying. Copyright 1945. (N.B.: This version of the film was likely released after the end of WWII, as the end card has the Navy's post-WWII motto: "Keep the Fleet to Keep the Peace".) Opening titles: United States Navy Training Film - Primary Flight Training - Attitudes Of Flight (:06-:32)....
Topics: Flight, WWII, US Navy, Flight Training, Stearman Model, 75 Biplane, 1945, Stock Footage, Periscope...
This 1973 film (DOD 23521), narrated by Jack Webb and produced by EMC Corporation, gives viewers a look at the training required to join the Marine Corps. The film opens with new recruits arriving at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. The new recruits run off the bus and file into line at the entrance of the Depot to await processing. Recruits have their heads shaved in the Depot’s barber shop (02:36). Next, they are issued clothing then stand for inspection (03:30). Later, the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This silent home movie from 1931 shows the championship soccer match held at Seiberling Field in Akron, Ohio between Akron's own Goodyear Wingfoots team and the famed Black Cats. The Wingfoots won 2-0, and the trophy presentation is shown at the 3:24 mark.(N.B. the "Wingfoots" name was later used by a basketball team as well.) Soccer in Ohio has a glorious past, as documented at this site: http://www.ohiosoccernorth.org/untitled Cleveland’s first soccer league was organized in 1906...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This beautiful home film from the 1930’s shows a visit aboard the USS Saratoga. It was shot by an unknown member of the "Amateur Cinema League" -- a national club of amateur filmmakers who supported one another's efforts and shared tips concerning 8mm and 16mm movie making. The ACL was founded in New York City in 1926. The film likely dates to 1932, as it shows aircraft that were deployed on the carrier in that time period, plus Captain George S. Steele is shown in command. Steele,...
Topics: 1932, Amateur Cinema League, Home Movie, US Navy, Aircraft Carrier, USS Saratoga, Stock Footage,...
This black & white film was used to promote American Airways, which was renamed American Airlines in 1934. The film begins with a brief prelude that was likely made in the 1950s, the bulk of the production (after the first :30) is 1934 (or 1933). Opening title: FLY AMERICAN!, The Movement of Man, Mail, and Merchandise Through the Skies (:06-:49). An biplane passenger plane the Curtiss T-32 Condor II is shown flying through the sky. A man visits an American Airways ticket office, probably in...
Topic: Stock Footage
This silent, black & white and early color home movie film shows a group of American tourists visiting Northern Mexico, Mexico City and El Paso, Texas. This was made in 1936. Opening titles: Our Mexico Trip starts by visiting Jack and Marion Kelly (:09). Cars pass by; people (:17). At a train station (:33) a N de M / Norte de Mexico steam engine idles. Outside of the Palace of Fine Arts / Palacio de Bellas Artes, a beautiful building in Mexico City (1:00). Hustle and bustle of city life in...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Prepared for the home market, this silent WWII era Excel Newsreel was sold in Sears and other department stores for viewing by the American public.  The film shows Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Italy in 1943, and contains some great shots of General George S. Patton in command of invasion forces.   Operation Husky, was a major World War II campaign, in which the Allies took Sicily from the Axis Powers (Italy and Nazi Germany). It was a big amphibious and airborne operation,...
Topics: Allied Invasion, Sicily, WWII, Excel Newsreel, Sears, American Public, George S Patton, Stock...
This film from WW2, released in late August of 1994, shows the demolition of the Army Air Force Base in Hengyang, China as Japanese forces were closing in, the OQ-2 drone used for target practice in Guadalcanal as well as the construction of a tar paper airstrip in Normandy. It was prepared by the Army Air Forces Combat Film Service (:28). It opens with the demolition of the air base in Hengyang, China in June of 1944 (:44). Japanese forces moved towards the area on the Hankow railway (:45)....
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“AAF Combat Camera Units Weekly Digest No. 60” was produced by Army Air Forces Combat Film Service in 1944.  In Corsica, Italy, a United States Army malariologist introduces to a mosquito that carries malaria (0:55). Students examine a mosquito in a bottle. A scientist examines samples under a microscope. An airman walks into a medical tent with a panel reading “Ward II - Malaria” on the door (1:28). Men lay on cots inside the medical tent. A nurse examines an airman (1:36), and...
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In this 1944 issue of Army-Navy Screen Magazine, viewers see a tribute to the late Lt. Gen. Lesley James McNair. McNair shakes hands with soldiers on an airstrip next to a plane, then he is shown sitting inside a car. Next, the film shows an aerial view of the cities of Normandy left in ruins following the heavy fighting that preceded the Allied liberation of the region (01:48). Troops fire artillery guns and off in the distance a building in a city is burning. A soldier talks on a radio while...
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Made in 1945 after the German surrender, this WWII combat bulletin was produced by the Army Air Forces. It shows various combat scenes and developments, starting with the use of JATO bottles for aircraft at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. At  1:40 , bomb damage is seen at Mainz, Germany including extensive damage to the city's railway terminals and electric power plant. At  2:20 , Worms Germany is seen almost entirely decimated by bomb strikes, although the cathedral is seen relatively intact....
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Created in 1947 by the Association of American Railroads, "A Whistle in the Night" takes a look at post-war American railroads during their conversion to peace. During the war, frantic efforts to move freight resulted in a huge maintenance backlog, and railroads at the close of the conflict found themselves operating under the handicap of little to no new equipment. The film looks past this era at the plans for the future, with swifter, safer and more comfortable traveling for the...
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This 1948 silent home movie shows the Tri-City Air Show and events at Enjoy Park for Labor Day. It's not clear which "Tri-City" is involved but probably the Albany, Troy and Schenectady area of New York. The air show includes shots of a flying boat ( 1:00 ), probably a Grumman Albatross, and a Robinson Airlines DC-3. The airline was founded in 1945 by C.S. Robinson, and was based out of Ithaca Municipal Airport, at Ithaca, New York, servicing routes in the Mohawk Valley of New York...
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Made in 1948 and directed by Jules Bucher, HORSEMEN OF THE PAMPAS shows Argentina in the immediate post-WWII period. The start of the film highlights Buenos Aires and includes images of the downtown with its parks and avenues, including at :58 the seat of government. At 1:07 a trolley car moves through the city, which is bustling with activity. At 1:33 , a restaurant is shown serving the national dish -- meat and more meat. At 2:30 the film switches its focus to the Pampa, the source of...
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This 1948 black and white promotional film is a presentation by the Association of American Railroads showcasing steam and diesel trains. These include ALCO PA, Southern & Pacific, Atlantic Coast Line, and Baltimore & Ohio. The film opens with a view of the tracks from the engineer’s perspective and the sounds of track and whistle (:02-:18). A curtain blows over a sleeping boy, awakened by the train (:19- 1:25 ). The steel bands of the track shine at night from the engineer’s...
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This 1949 color film about the value of having school safety patrol boys is by Visa Films Visual Study Aids. A group of boys plays football on a front lawn. Another comes out the front door with crutches, wearing a leg cast. A mother sits in a chair and crochets before looking at a photo of her son. Elementary school children play by a busy intersection. Legs are shown running, a child lies as though dead in the street, children on the sidewalk are shocked, and a 1940s ambulance picks up the...
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This 1947 film outlines the responsibility of physicians and dentists in early recognition of oral cancer. Interestingly, it does not probe the causes of oral cancer, such as cigarette smoking, as at the time it was produced a causal link had yet to be firmly established. The film was sponsored by the American Cancer Society (:22) and produced by Audio Productions Inc (:36). The film opens with a 48-year-old patient whom has a white lesion on his tongue which proved to be a papillary tumor...
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This short 1951 film from Reader’s Digest On The Screen and Columbia Pictures gives viewers a look at the work of the FBI as they work with local law enforcement to solve crimes. The film shows several reenactments of agents working cases, as well as shots of the Department of Justice building, the FBI Academy and the training of new agents, the FBI’s mail sorting room and massive fingerprint files, and various forensic laboratories. The film opens with a shot of the Department of Justice...
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Pattern for Survival opens with a museum guide leading a wheel chair bound youth through a weapons display. (00:00:55:00) The purpose of this tour? To explain how mankind frequently creates frightening weapons which they struggle to understand.  Such is the dilemma created by atomic bombs, manifested in the film as a mushroom cloud erupts across the screen. (00:02:15:00) As one of the earliest civil defense productions, Pattern for Survival enjoyed a wide distribution, delivering massive...
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This 1954 CBS Television public affairs presentation of the news program “The Search” is titled “Automobile Safety Research” and takes the viewer to Cornell University for a look at the latest in automotive safety. Hosted by revered newsman Walter Cronkite, he explains how an increase in cars on the highway has also led to increased traffic fatalities. There is a scene of a mangled automobile (mark  02:08 ) as men survey the wreckage and we learn how investigators use highway accidents...
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One of the wonderful films made by Shell Oil Company in the 1950s and 60s, “Coupe des Alpes — The Story Of The 1958 Alpine Rally,” a color film recalling the aforementioned race. (Officially called Coupe des Alpes, the rally competition was based in Marseille, France and held from 1932 to 1971. In the 1950s and the 1960s, it was among the most prestigious rallies in the world and featured an international route, consisting of famous mountain passes in Europe.) “Fifty-six production cars...
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This U.S. Air Force highlight reel from 1959 showcases a parade of innovation and spectacular achievement.  The film begins with a parade of the "Century Series" fighter aircraft performing at Ellis Air Force Base, plus almost every other aircraft in USAF inventory including C-130s, B-58s, B-47s and B-52s.  The U.S. Air Force Academy graduates its first class of 207 cadets.  The Thor IRBM is tested and the Atlas ICBM becomes fully operational, and the Bomarc interceptor is seen....
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This 1961 color documentary is a long advertisement for Allis-Chalmers and how using its products helps cities to develop and grow. It is produced by Rudy Swanson Productions, and narrated by radio actor Carlton Kadell. The film opens on a busy street following a 1950s green Oldsmobile. It passes many 1950s cars and busses (:40-:52). Two construction works move girders and two others look at a large blueprint. An old downtown building is being torn down. Construction crews use a transit,...
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This color promotional film directed by Ray Corwin is about the American Hotel Association (AHA) and what hotels/motels offer throughout the country of the United States. Copyright is circa 1962.  Opening: rural, city and town, buildings both horizontal and vertical for people to stay at (:07). 6500 member hotel and motels of the American Hotel Association (AHA) (:39). Opening titles: The American Hotel Association presents The Great Tradition (:50). Various hotels (1:14). A chef makes a a...
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This film, from the series called “Across the 7 Seas”, presents the journey of sixteen men headed by Jack Curry of Western River Expedition as they traversed the dangerous white-water rapids of the Rio Grijalva for the first time. The story is narrated by Bob Moran (:09). It took the men eleven days to cross the seventeen mile stretch of rapids (:32). The film is presented by Jack Douglas True Television Series in association with Bing Crosby Productions (:55). The film heads to Chiapas,...
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The 1963 America’s Junior Miss Pageant is the subject of this color film. The film opens with 1962 pageant winner Jean Allen (mark  00:25 ) who calmly explains that the pageant “is the search for the ideal high school senior in the nation” and details the various competitions leading up to the Junior Miss Pageant as scenes from her competition are shown. After being crowned, Allen recounts her world wind year as Junior Miss starting at mark  02:25  with a montage of scenes from parades...
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This black & white film promotes the efforts of the American Red Cross, to help the U.S. Military and civilians through humanitarian work. Copyright 1964. Opening titles: Paratroopers jump. American National Red Cross presents "Down To Earth" (:08-:31). Paratroopers jump from airplanes and practice landing. A transport lands. Helicopters fly. American troops storm a beach as part of an exercise. A Red Cross Field Director watches the paratroopers in the air, prepared to help...
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This 1965 Encyclopedia Brittanica film CHANGING MATILDA shows the "new Australia" of the 1960s with its population at 8 million. It is narrated by Chet Huntley from NBC News, and shows the nation as it transformed due to a great deal of immigration from Europe. In fact the film begins with a naturalization ceremony, and then at 2 minutes shows new arrivals from Europe. "If Australia is not El Dorado," says Huntley, "It is surely a vast improvement over the lives they...
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