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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 film was made by the Illinois Education Association during WWII in 1942 and released in 1943. According to the official description, "Backing up the Guns" shows  "the fine work of the schools in training workers for war industries, in turning out citizens who are physically fit and mentally awake. It shows how the schools stand as the great bulwarks of democracy by passing on to the generations of youths passing through their portals our great heritage of...
Topics: Illinois, WWII, 1942, 1943, Film School, Backing up guns, Guns, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1954, color educational film made by Encyclopedia Brittanica is about antibiotics, specifically the new era of treatments made possible by the discovery and widespread use of mold derived medicines. The film celebrates the use of Penicillin, which was up at this point one of the most important discoveries in medicine. It was discovered in 1928 by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming as a crude extract of P. rubens. The purified compound (penicillin F) was isolated in 1940 by a research...
Topics: Bacteria, Friend, Foe, 1954, Educational Film, Medicines, Antibiotics, Stock Footage
The film, ‘Battle of the Atlantic’ is presented by 20th Century Fox (:09) and made in 1941. It focuses on cargo and supply transports from the U.S. and Canada to England during the Second World War. The film is narrated by Quentin Reynolds (:43) who was an American journalist and WW2 correspondent who early in the war explained to American audiences the plight of the British. Black and white footage of England open the film and at this time of the war, England was facing regular Nazi air...
Topic: 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,...
This color promo movie from Monroe Shock Absorbers is about the unforgettable 1955 Indianapolis 500 and features driver Bob Sweikert, who was tragically killed in a crash roughly a year after the film was made. The movie opens in the pits alongside the racetrack in Indianapolis. Purdue University band entertains. Monroe Auto Equipment Co. presents, "Behind the Scenes at Indianapolis 1955". Produced by Dynamic Films, inc. mechanics work on the engine at the track 1:10. Chassis and...
Topic: Stock Footage
Thunderbird Films presents a 1920’s era, black and white, silent movie tour of Universal Studios. The movie opens in a movie set with a white building fronted by large flags, 00:20. The camera pans down the street to other white buildings and cars passing in the street, 00:48. The first scene takes place in The Scenario Department, 1:05. Men are smoking and going over paperwork in an office, 1:15. A very large white building is pictured, 1:20. Eddie Lyons and Lee Moran arrive, 1:25, followed...
Topic: 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
This color educational film is about Boys Town, the famous refuge for orphaned and neglected youth which was originally founded on December 12, 1917, as an orphanage for boys. The organization was founded in Omaha, Nebraska by Father Edward J. Flanagan, a Roman Catholic priest. This film is circa 1951 and was produced by Carl Dudley, directed and written by Herman Boxer, and released by Dudley Pictures Corp. Opening credits and then a title card (:06-:31). Young boys run around a city block and...
Topic: Stock Footage
Dating to 1960 and produced by the Standard Oil Company, Tangent Films, Robert W. Schofield and Leona Carney, this profile of the new city of Brasilia shows the construction of Brazil's "City of Hope". The film celebrates architect Oscar Niemeyer and planner Lúcio Costa. At 2:00 the Congressional Center skyscrapers are shown along with House and Senate chambers. At 2:21 the Supreme Court building and at 2:43 the Museum of Brazil is shown. At 2:58 are the 11 ministries for the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Produced for Richfield Oil Corp. (now part of ARCO) by Alfred Higgins Productions, "Baja Holiday" is a color travelogue film about the marlin fishing opportunities offered in Baja, Mexico. It was filmed by Alfred Higgins and William Clark with a script by Eric Strutt. This film was released in 1961. Opening: Richfield presents Baja Holiday (:08-:48). A marlin jumps up from the water. Airplanes on the tarmac at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). Two men, in suits, point at planes...
Topics: Baja Holiday, 1961, Baja California, Marlin Fishing Expedition, Mexico, Sea Of Cortez, Stock...
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"Ballad Of John Greene" is an early 1970s film produced by Vought Aeronautics and narrated by Jackie Cooper, U.S. Naval Reserve Commander. The short film follows Navy Pilot John Greene, cutting back and forth between his naval air training and a current mission in Vietnam. The film opens with a shot of pink skies over the ocean. John Greene looks out over the Navy attack carrier USS Ranger. Vought A-7 Corsair IIs are moved into takeoff position on the carrier. Pilots meet for a...
Topics: 1970, US Navy, Vietnam War, A-7 Corsair, John Greene, Stock Footage
This color educational film from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is about airline pilots and safety. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production remains unclear however this is the mid 1970s, probably 1976 or 1977 due to 1975 airline statistics being reported. 'Be Aggressively Safe' title card appears. (:09-:21). Onscreen reads: "The aggressively safe pilot reacts in a positive manner with safety considerations above all."...
Topic: Stock Footage
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An episode of the 1950s Ford Television Theater, BENEATH THESE WATERS stars then-actor Ronald Reagan. The film tells the story of the fictional USS Barksdale, which is put in harms way during the early days of WWII. The incident portrayed in the film was based upon a real incident but obviously heavily dramatized. Plot: After surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, Lt. Comdr. William Masterson takes over command as the captain falls ill with appendicitis. While in charge, Masterson allows the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Produced by NASA in 1969, this forward-looking, color educational film is about the investigation of space and the benefits that research can produce for people on Earth. This includes benefits to a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including meteorology, geology, oceanography, and ecology. The film argues that the development of advanced technology, including the proposed space stations and probes seen in this film, likewise stimulates industrial innovation and production with...
Topics: Benefits From Space, 1969, NASA, Apollo Program, Earthbound, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Between The Atom And The Star is a short 1966 NASA documentary film showing what the people behind NASA’s biosatellite program (satellites built by General Electric) hope to learn about the effects of space flight on living organisms. The film opens with graphics of space, stars, and atoms. There is an animation scene of a biosatellite flying into space and orbiting earth (01:08), with a monkey, flower, and eggs inside of the capsule. The film shows images of living organisms (apple, crab,...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1959 black and white educational film is about the July 16, 1959 failed launch of a Juno II missile carrying an Explorer satellite, known throughout the film only as Project 16. The film was produced by Carousel Films for the North American Aviation Space and Information Systems Division, Quality & Reliability Assurance. It is narrated by Edward R. Murrow for CBS News. Shown are the Project 16 rocket with its satellite payload. Those shown for their involvement to compete against the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about the state of Kentucky. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production remains unclear although is it the early 1960s (and 1965 based on the footage of the Kentucky Derby and its winner, Lucky Debonair). It begins with an introduction by Jack Douglas who states that this will be an Armchair Vacation (:07-:13) BLUEGRASS, a word synonymous with the state of Kentucky, is shown as the title (:14-:21). Lush meadows,...
Topics: Bluegrass, 1965, Kentucky, Travelogue Derby, Colonel Sanders, Stock Footage
This circa 1950s TV show "Bold Journey" is hosted by Jack Douglas, and features the editor of True Magazine, Douglas Kennedy, who was a big game hunter. Published by Fawcett Publications from 1937 to 1974, True magazine was at its most popular in the 1960s when it had a circulation of over 2 million. "Bold Journey" ran for three seasons on ABC, 1956-1959, and this particular episode aired in Season 3.  The show begins with brief shot of the editor of True Magazine, Mr....
Topic: Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about buying bonds to help our military reconstruct war torn areas after World War 2. Copyright 1945.  Opening titles: U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Coast Guard present Bonds Of Victory (:05). Bells ring (:29). People in church (:33). Earth spins (:48). Islands (1:00). Ruins from war torn cities (1:18). Destroyed harbors (1:37). Destroyed homes and buildings (1:46). A soldier milks a cow (2:00). Cargo (2:17). Highways being built (2:29)....
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1970 film from Jam Handy Productions gives viewers a look at the daily operations of The Detroit News, as well as insight to what people think of the paper. The film features many short shots of the various employees of the paper as they work to produce the day’s edition. The film opens with footage of a soap box derby, cars driving onto transport carriers, the Detroit city skyline, factories, and various people moving around the city. A Detroit News truck drives through the city. Papers...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the battle of the Philippines between Japan and the United States in October 1944 during WW2. Copyright is 1944. Opening: Brought To Action! Produced by the Office of Strategic Services in cooperation with the United States Navy (:06-:33). Pearl Harbor, October 23. Office of the Navy door. A telegram shows the second battle of the Philippines had begun. Battleships at sea. Men in a briefing room. Pilots head for their planes. Planes in formation...
Topics: Brought To Action, 1944, WW2, WWII, Japan, Philippines, US Navy, Stock Footage
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animated map showing the three days of the Great San Francisco fire of 1906 that followed the earthquake.
Topics: 1906 fire, animation, Big One
Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt) is a short 1927 silent film directed by Walter Ruttmann and gives viewers a look at an average day of Germany’s capital city during the interwar years. The first half of the film (Reel 1) opens with a shot of dark water, followed by footage of a train racing along a track and passing telephone poles, farm houses, moving over a bridge, and passing a small town (03:24). The train moves past a factory on the outskirts of...
Topic: Stock Footage
Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt) is a short 1927 silent film directed by Walter Ruttmann and gives viewers a look at an average day of Germany’s capital city during the interwar years. The second half of the film (Reel 2) opens with footage of people going in and out of the train station. A man sells flowers on a street (00:37). People walk down a busy street, and horse-drawn wagons haul goods. A man puts a feeder on his horse (01:23); viewers see horses...
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In 1927, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad sponsored a pageant commemorating the 100th anniversary of its founding and, in effect, the steam locomotive’s 100th year.  At the time, the B&O published a booklet giving the history of the road and issued a silent motion picture. This is a slightly modified version which appears today much as it did when originally presented in the months following the close of the pageant on October 16, 1927. The celebration was held at Halethorpe, near...
Topics: 1927, Baltimore, Ohio, Railroad, Centennial Celebration, Iron Horse, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Belgium the Beautiful is a short travelogue from 1932, recorded at Burton Holmes Studios, that shows viewers some of the highlights of Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges, and the small nation’s countryside. The film opens with a shot of a map of Belgium. The film then features footage of Brussels (01:05), highlighting the city’s Royal Palace, the Financial Center, and bustling city streets where trolley cars have replaced transportation by canal. Children crowd around the camera on a street (01:40)....
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This film takes a look at the Chicago School system and the application of educating children with special needs. The time period during which these improvements were made are worth noting as the Great Depression had hit in 1929 and the Polio epidemic had begun in the early 1900’s extending until 1955 both of which put a massive strain on the public education system. Strikes were erupting in Chicago as funding for the public education system was cut. Despite all of this, the Chicago school...
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These extraordinary and never-before-seen home movies were filmed by a German-American family who visited Berlin and Germany during the Olympic Games in 1936.   They give a good idea of what a tourist might have experienced.   The film begins with shots aboard the liner Deutschland during the trans-Atlantic crossing, including a visit to the ship's bridge, dancing on deck to music provided by the ship's band, and more.   At the 5 minute mark the ship arrives in Germany, probably Hamburg, and...
Topics: 1936, Germany, Berlin, Olympics, Cruise Ship, American Tourists, Stock Footage
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This silent educational film shows the opening ceremonies of the 1936 Summer Olympics, including the parade of athletes through the streets of Berlin, the torch lighting, the arrival of the Olympic Committee and Adolf Hitler at the Berlin Olympic Stadium, and the parade of athletes and national flags inside the stadium.  The 1936 Summer Olympics (German: Olympische Sommerspiele 1936), officially known as the Games of the XI Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event that was held in 1936...
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This 1941 black and white British propaganda patriotic film is presented by The Ministry of Information, written and directed by Humphrey Jennings, and narrated by Laurence Olivier. There are seven segments, each represented by an extract from different English literary passages, poems, and speeches. Each segment is accompanied by war-time images. It opens with a cover of William Camden’s Britannia, whose words are showcased by views of idyllic pastures, woods, rocky cliffs and crags, and a...
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Listen to Britain is an important, highly unconventional WWII British propaganda short film made in 1942 by Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister. The film was produced during World War II by the Crown Film Unit, an organization within the British Government's Ministry of Information to support the Allied war effort. The film is quite poetic in nature and presents life in wartime England during the Second World War. Director Humphrey Jennings visits many aspects of civilian life and of the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Forward Commandos is a short 1942 film from Raymond Spottiswoode (father of Hollywood director Roger Spottiswoode) that shows viewers the winter/arctic guerilla tactics used by commandos of the Allied forces against the Nazis during World War II, based on tactics employed by Russians in a similar environment. The film also shows some commandos operating in other countries with drier, warmer climates, and concludes with an Allied raid on a Nazi-held city on the coast of Norway. The film opens...
Topics: 1942, British WWII Propaganda, Raymond Spottiswoode, Stock Footage
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Made in 1945, this morale boosting Soviet documentary/propaganda movie is about the Battle of Kursk during WWII. It was produced by Eduard Bushkin, written by Moisei Belenki, and edited by F. Chicago with the help of consultants Lt. Cols. Verzhbitski and Popov. It shows the course of the battle which was one of the largest tank engagements of WWII, and a major defeat for the Wehrmacht.     00:17 Map, showing the front line, with major Soviet-and German-held cities pointed out – Bryansk,...
Topics: 1943, Battle Of Kursk, Eastern Front, Red Army, Tank Battle, Stock Footage
Released by the Australian Department of Information Pictures, this black & white news film is about the Battle of the Bismarck Sea (March 2-24, 1943) which took place in the South West Pacific Area during World War II when aircraft of the U.S. Fifth Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force attacked a Japanese convoy carrying troops to Lae, New Guinea. Follow-up attacks by PT boats and aircraft were made on 4 March. All eight transports and four of the escorting destroyers were sunk. Of...
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Made by the Affiliated Aetna Life Companies, “Points for Pedalers” is a black-and-white film produced in 1943 and geared toward bicycle safety. (The picture was approved by the Bicycle Institute of America and is being shown, we are told at mark 00:37, through the courtesy of the Iowa Department of Public Safety). Before World War II, the narrator explains at mark 00:55, bicycles were used primarily for recreation and pleasure, as we see a young couple relaxing on the lawn as their bicycles...
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Made in 1945, BURMA VICTORY is a British documentary about the Burma Campaign during World War Two. It was directed by Roy Boulting. The introduction to the film outlines the geography and climate of Burma, and the extent of the Japanese conquests. The film then describes the establishment of the South East Asian Command (SEAC) under Mountbatten, "a born innovator and firm believer in the unorthodox", and gives a comparatively detailed account of subsequent military events, including...
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This 1945 color travelogue Riders of the Rainbow Rocks about Bryce and Zion National Parks as mostly seen from horseback is presented by Bell & Howell as part of its Filmosound Library Series “Our Colorful World.” The narration is in the form of cue cards on a cloth background. It begins in southern Utah. A 1940s car crosses a bridge on a dusty road to Cedar Breaks National Monument. A man walks out to the edge of a rock with the canyon below (:39- 1:12 ). The towering Red Canyon rocks...
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Made in 1946, this 16mm silent home movie was made by an amateur who must have known quite a bit about how to make films -- it includes a credit roll and title cards. The film begins in Bremerhaven, occupied West Germany, with shots of American military dogs in an improvised pound. These were likely "war dogs" used by U.S. soldiers in the European Theater.   At 1:46, you will see footage of war-torn Germany with numerous bombed out buildings. At 2:08, shots of the docks where the...
Topics: 1946, Germany, New York, Coney Island, Stock Footage
Before Your Telephone Rings is a short educational film from 1948, presented by Western Electric, that shows the existing groundwork necessary to connect a phone number up to the telephone system when someone moves to a new home. The film opens with a shot of a people walking down a sidewalk in a neighborhood. A man carries in an oak barrel into a house. Inside the house, a telephone installer dials on a rotary phone, the final step in installing the Durant family’s new phone. Mrs. Durant...
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This silent home movie likely dates to the late 1940s, probably 1948, and shows Army Day at Bolling Field in Washington, D.C. as well as the Cherry Blossom Festival. (1948 is a fairly safe bet as in 1949 "Army Day" was eliminated in favor of Armed Forces Day by the Secretary of Defense). The film stars with shots of Washington from the Washington Monument. At 1:06 are shots from within the upper part of the rotunda of the Capitol Building. Coverage of Army Day at Bolling Field begins...
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Stepping Along with Television is a short 1949 film that was “part of the first hour of broadcasting following the linkup of the East Coast television networks to the Midwestern states.” The film shows how a televised production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Sleeping Beauty” is broadcast from a studio in New York City to homes in Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Waukesha, WI via coaxial cables and a microwave relay system. The film opens with a family sitting in their living...
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This black and white film is sponsored by the Bell & Howell Company and was used by sales people to show interested customers. It introduces the Bell & Howell Filmosound 202 projector, an innovative 16-millimeter optical magnetic motion picture sound projector produced from 1952-1955 (:25-:37.) The projector used a thin magnetic stripe on the 16mm film to record and play back sound. This stripe could be added using a special striping machine that a person could buy, or at a Bell &...
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Made in 1952 to promote the release of the new Model 200 16mm movie camera, this Bell & Howell company film "Movie Star" also contains a brief history of B&H's cameras -- with nearly 250K sold by the time this movie was released. This included WWII aerial gun cameras as well as B&H's first camera, the Filmo-121 and its relative the 141 and the post-WWII 153 camera. As the film says, the B&H 200 won the Society of Motion Picture Art Directors award in 1951 for its...
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This short film, produced for Wynn Oil Company by So-Cal Productions, shows the time trial races at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1957, where the Wynn’s Friction Proofing Streamliner car set a new American speed record, and promotes the company’s Friction Proofing line of products. The film opens with a shot from the POV of a car driving from Denver (home of the race team) toward Wendover, UT; the film then shows the bleak landscape of the Great Salt Lake and surrounding area as team...
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Made by Coronet, this profile of Sir Isaac Newton dates to 1959, the early part of the Space Age. As a result the film directly connects Newton's major theories with rocketry. At 1:20 a satellite is shown orbiting the Earth. At 1:32 the school where Newton went as a boy is shown, and a childhood fight is re-enacted. At 2:08, Newton is shown at Cambridge, reading books about science. The rest of the film shows re-enactments of Newton's time at Trinity College. At 4:14, Newton returns home to...
Topics: 1959, Biography, Sir Isaac, Newton, Cambridge University, Mathematics, Stock Footage
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This sales film advertises the Bofors 40mm gun, an anti-aircraft autocannon. Created in the 1930’s by AB Bofors, a Swedish arms manufacturer, it was used largely in WW2 by the western Allied Forces. The film opens with the Bofors crest (:21) and will take viewers through a detailed breakdown of the weapon. This weapon had become the standard anti-aircraft gun during WWII and had been modified to become entirely "tropicalized" (:49) meaning it resisted rust and damage from moisture...
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Produced by the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Ships in the early 1960s, this overview of the fleet showcases modern ships USS Long Beach, USS King and aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, as well as the nuclear powered Polaris submarine USS Lafayette. The Bureau of Ships, tasked with "building and maintaining the fleet", maintains and constructs ships for the U.S. Navy.   The United States Navy's Bureau of Ships (BuShips) was established by Congress on June 20, 1940, by a law which consolidated...
Topics: 1960, US Navy, Nuclear US navy, Ships
Dating to 1961, this silent promotional film shows the Bisbee - Douglas International Airport in Southern Arizona. The film includes shots of Douglas, Arizona at 8:20 including the Southern Pacific railroad station at 8:30.  The Gadsden Hotel is visible at 9:30, as well as the Phelps Dodge Mercantile Company and Valley National Bank and Arizona Public Service Company (11:20).  At 12:55 the copper smelter is visible. At 15:16 the border crossing  / Port of Entry with Agua Prieta, Mexico is...
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This black & white film, one of the episodes of the pioneering documentary program "Biography", is about the life of Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. The film's copyright is 1962. Opening: February 11, 1931. A man turns 84-years-old. He speaks to another man. The...
Topics: 1962, Thomas Eidson, Lightbulb, Phonograph, Motion Picture, Stock Footage, Periscoep Film
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This 1960s era, color movie is about men who have dedicated time in their lives to the Boy Scouts. The title is Men Who Make a Difference. The film is narrated but also has characters speaking directly to the camera about their experiences with Scouting. The movie’s purpose is to discuss the importance the Scoutmaster plays in the development of a boy’s life. Various men are interviewed about how important Scouting is in their lives. The movie’s narrative takes place through the...
Topics: 1962, Boy Scots, Scoutmasters, Men Who Make A Difference, Stock footage
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This 1964 film is a test print that -- unfortunately -- is silent. It is about the land speed records set in 1964 in Utah is presented by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and Shell as “A Spotlite News Program.” It opens October 5, 1964 at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The Wingfoot Express, Tom Green its driver, is shown going 413.20 mph. Two days later, Art Arfons tops that at 434.02 mph in the Green Monster. The parachute deploys behind the speed record words (:09-:42). September 5, 1963, the...
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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   This color educational film (with some animation) takes the viewer through history to explain how people developed a need to communicate, and shows us devices that helped to do so along with current day communication devices. It is from 1965 and stars Wright King as Uncle Bill and is presented by Bell System.   Opening titles over a telephone: WE...
Topics: Bell, Telephone, Bell Telephone, 19665
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This documentary film shows a brief glimpse into the highly influential life of Winston Churchill. It focuses on his burial ceremony and the impact it held over England. It opens with a note from the British Board of Film Censors (:08) certifying that it had been passed for general exhibition. Streets in Britain are seen lined with posters of newspaper headlines featuring Winston Churchill (:20) after his passing in January of 1965. Blenheim Palace in Oxford shire, England stands as a massive...
Topics: 1965, British Documentary, Homage, Winston Churchill, England, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This film from the Boeing Company, “The Little Factory at the Edge of Town”, celebrates the aerospace giant's 50th Anniversary in 1966. Begun in 1916, Boeing is an American multinational company and is made up of talented professional international workforce.  Opening montage of historical B&W photos. 0:37 Title Screen. 1:00 Boeing Model 1 seaplane takes off. 2:06 1960s managers. 3:03 Engineers test and study airplane production process. 3:50 Boeing makes everything including rivets,...
Topic: Stock Footage
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by King Screen Productions
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Questions the value of integration in a system that is run by whites. Tells the story of Sonny, a Black high school athlete who is looking forward to an athletic scholarship to sponsor his education in architecture and shows how Larry, a new black militant student, challenges Sonny's security in a white system. Describes how Sonny's integrated life is now torn between Black and white.
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by University of California, Berkeley. California Archaeological Survey; University of California, Berkeley. Extension Media Center
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Uses the excavation of a Maidu Indian village in California's Sacramento Valley to reveal how archaeologists study the relationship between human artifacts and history. Produced by Clyde B Smith and Tony Gorsline. Presents a view of the life and thoughts of Jung; pt. 1 deals with his childhood and student years and describes his relationship to and break with Freud; pt. 2 presents his major theories and concepts; pt. 3 deals with his old age and his attitudes toward Christianity and death.
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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 example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the...
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Silent newsreel footage compilation that includes: the World War I dirigible sequence from the film "Hell's Angels" directed by Howard Hughes, the flight of the Zeppelin Graf Zeppelin across the globe to Lakehurst, New Jersey, Roald Amundsen's ill-fated airship Norge flight to the North Pole,  and finally the Hindenburg disaster. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the...
Topics: Hindenburg Disaster, Zeppelin, Airship, Footage, Blimp, LZ 129 Hindenburg
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"Mission Accomplished" was a short 1943 propaganda film produced by the United States Office of War Information about the B-17 Flying Fortress. The film opens with a brief history of the B-17, its birth in 1935 and its proven war record at Midway and the Philippines. However, the narration states, the B-17 has yet to prove itself over Europe. The time and range needed for a successful bombing raid were not available in the European theatre, some people thought. The film then switches...
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by US Air Force
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U.S. Air Force film about the B-1B Bomber. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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This rare aircraft ground crew training film shows some of the care and maintenance issues affiliated with aircraft tires, including the B-24. Some of the dangerous aspects of removing and replacing a tube tire are also shown, as well as some of the careless things that can damage the tire during installation. 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...
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Narrated by then-actor and later President of the United States Ronald Reagan, TARGET TOKYO presents the story of the first bombing raid on Tokyo by B-29 Superfortress bombers of the U.S. Army Air Forces flying out of Saipan. B-29 crews are followed from their training staging at Grand Island, Nebraska to their bombing embarkation point on the island of Saipan. From there, the B-29 attack on the Nakajima aircraft plant outside Tokyo is depicted. The story of the first bombing raid on Tokyo by...
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Narrated by then-actor and later President of the United States Ronald Reagan, TARGET TOKYO presents the story of the first bombing raid on Tokyo by B-29 Superfortress bombers of the U.S. Army Air Forces flying out of Saipan. B-29 crews are followed from their training staging at Grand Island, Nebraska to their bombing embarkation point on the island of Saipan. From there, the B-29 attack on the Nakajima aircraft plant outside Tokyo is depicted. The story of the first bombing raid on Tokyo by...
Topics: Tokyo, Target Tokyo, bombing Of Tokyo, Air Raid, Ronlad Reagon, Boeing B-29 Superfortress
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Military training film detailing flight procedure, crew assignments, and armament of the B-29 bomber aircraft. The B-29 Superfortress is a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber designed by Boeing that was flown primarily by the United States toward the end of World War II and during the Korean War. It was one of the largest aircraft to see service in World War II and a very advanced bomber for its time, with features such as a pressurized cabin, an electronic fire-control system, and...
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Made in 1945 just after WWII ended, TARGET INVISIBLE was produced by the First Motion Picture Unit and features actor Clayton Moore (best known as 'The Lone Ranger') at the end speaking about war bonds. The film follows a squadron of bombers from their base in the Marianas through their mission over Tokyo. Particular emphasis is given on the use of radar for guidance to the target.  At this time radar was fairly new and prized as one of the Allies' high tech weapons, and the film explains how...
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This World War II-era Army Air Forces film demonstrates the proper method of bomb handling and loading of a B-29 Superfortress, including the use of a C-3 bomb hoist. (A scroll at the start of the film reminded the viewer that the C-3 was later replaced with a C-6 bomb hoist, though the operations were basically the same.) The film takes its viewer to the Army Air Forces Board headquarters in Orlando, Florida, where offers are discussing “Project No. F-3607” — a test of bomb handling and...
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This silent film shows B-52 bomber crews undergoing briefings at their base in Guam, and then flying missions flying missions over Vietnam as part of Operation Arc Light. This was the 1965 deployment of B-52D Stratofortresses as conventional bombers from bases in the US to Guam to support ground combat operations in Vietnam. Arc Light missions continued until the cessation of hostilities by all U.S. forces on August 15, 1973. Between June 1965 and August 1973, 126,615 B-52 sorties were flown...
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This incredible film, FLIGHT WITHOUT A FILM, recounts an extraordinary accident that took place in 1964.  As Lt. Col. Schmidt of Norton Air Force Base explains,  on January 10, 1964 a flight crew flying a B-52H for Boeing was testing the aircraft over mountainous terrain.   Flying from Boeing's Wichita plant, pilot Chuck Fisher took off in a B-52H with a three-man Boeing crew, flying a low-level profile to obtain structural data.  Over Colorado, cruising 500 feet above the mountainous...
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Produced in the 1950s, this historic film shows the use of helicopters in the Korean War for rescue, troop and weapons deployment, and combat.  It features footage of the First Marine Air Wing in action as well as the Quantico, Virginia based Helicopter Development Squadron HMX-1, which was tasked with developing the helicopter for rescue and combat use.  The film demonstrates some of the principles that would be refined in the Vietnam War, with helicopters used to rapidly strike enemy...
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Shows that the biology of B-cells is mostly the biology of antibodies, because the primary function of B-lymphocytes is to make antibodies. Explains that antibodies are in a class of serum proteins called immunoglobins and that they exist in approximately a million different forms in order to defend the body against infection
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This videotape tours the Solar System and outer space using scientific visualizations from Goddard Space Flight Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the HPCC Earth and Space Sciences Project. At the Sun, simulations investigate processes that create magnetic field and release energetic particles. Earth science begins with the Pacific Ocean, studying the 1997-98 El Nino and Cyclone Susan. Crossing the globe, visualizations trace North America’s East Coast and ocean currents in the North...
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B.F. Skinner and Behavior Change: Research,Practice and Promise Search Educational Film Journals at Media History Project for references to this film Describes the techniques of biofeedback, linking mental outlook with physical health.
Topics: B.F. Skinner and Behavior Change: Research, Practice and Promise, Human behavior, Behavior...