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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 1960 black and white promotional film for Remington Rand's UNIVAC computer features a dramatized a U.S. Census taker interviewing some vagrants for the Census. Census history, goals, and recent technological advancements including the use of the UNIVAC 1105 computer system are discussed (TRT 14:38). The film was directed by George F. Johnston, written by Peter Ries Norman, and stars Joseph Riviere as the Census taker and Philip Bosco and Robert Conforti as the homeless men. 1950s cars on a...
Topics: Census 60, Remington Rand, Univac, Computer System Promo, Stock Footage
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This 1974 color industrial film from ASARCO -- the American Smelting and Refining Company -- uses documentary footage, staged historical scenes, and song to tout the company’s diverse holdings while attempting to counter environmentalist critics (TRT 30:26). Pan across the streets of Old Tucson, a facsimile of an old western town (0:07). An early Ford Model T type 1900’s automobile drives head-on at the camera (0:36). Townsfolk marvel at the car from every angle (0:48). A woman carries an...
Topics: Challenge, Earth, Asarco, Mining Co, Copper, Zinc, Mines, Stock Footage
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This color educational/promotional film is about how Chevrolet cars make the most sense in terms of fuel economy. This is circa the mid 1970s, probably 1976 given the patriotic, bicentennial type logo at the head. Title: Chevrolet Makes Sense For America (:01). Different Chevrolets - Nova, Camaro, Vega (:09). Inside a Chevy Vega (:32). Loading a Chevy station wagon (:53). Four bedroom homes (1:00). A man opens the door for a woman to get into a Chevy full size car (1:08). Chevy has space for...
Topics: Chevrolet, America, 1976, Economy Cars, Nova, Camaro, Vega, Impala, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
China Under Communism is a 1962 film from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films that gives viewers a look at life in communist China. An American man hosts the film and talks to the camera from an office about his time in China and what he saw. He shows a map of China and redraws his route there. The film then starts showing footage of China, starting with a view of a temple at the end of a busy street (01:30), people riding through the countryside, and people working in rice paddies. The Great Wall...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This documentary "China: Century of Revolution, Part 1 - The Search for National Unity" focuses on Chinese history 1800-1927. It was produced in 1967 by the prolific filmmaker David Wolper. The movie summarizes Chinese history from late Qing, through the foundation of the Republic of China and the ensuing warlord era, strengthening of the Guomindang (KMT), to the beginning of suppression of the Communist party.0:08-0:50 Chinese men performing taichi, followed by a mix of the footage...
Topics: China, Century Of Revolution, Chinese History, 1800s, 1927, Boxer Rebellion, Periscope Film, Stock...
This 1974 film is dedicated by the Chlorine Institute to the public interest. It is specifically intended to assist firefighters and other emergency services. The techniques demonstrated are appropriate for emergency use; different circumstances might require modified or additional procedure. The information is drawn from sources believed to be reliable. The Institute, its members any organizations cooperating in the development of this film, jointly or severally, cannot be responsible for how...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This 1970’s color film offers a sweetened look at the manufacture of chocolate related products produced by L.S. Heath & Sons, Inc., showing harvesting at a tropical plantation to production at a midwestern factory, enumerating the ingredients and steps required to produce a commercial confectionary product (TRT 27:46). Heath & Sons was founded in 1914 and produced the famous Heath bar. In 1989, the business was sold to Leaf, Inc., which in turn was acquired by Hershey in 1996....
Topics: Chocolate, Bean, 1970s, Heath Promo, Candy Bars, Ice Cream, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, a campaign early in the Korean War, part of the Chinese Second Offensive (November–December 1950) to drive the United Nations out of North Korea. This film has a 1951 copyright. A foreword that explains what we about to see shows the US Marines in the bitter struggle from the Chosin Reservoir to Hungnam, Korea. Credits: US Navy presents 'With the Marines - Chosin to Hungnam.' (:07-1:11). The film is narrated...
Topics: Chosin To Hungnam, Korean War, USMC, Marine Corps, Stock Footage
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This color educational/training/promotional film by the Clevite Corporation, a maker of bearing parts, is about the recognition, causes, and corrective techniques taken in the replacement of engine bearings. No copyright but circa late 1950s.   Car pulls into a service station. A mechanic is under a car working on it. A customer has questions about his car and chats with the mechanic. Another car pulls in and the mechanic is under another car working on it. A customer has questions about his...
Topics: 1950s, Clevite Clinic, Automobile, Crankcase, Bearing, Camshaft, Stock Footage
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This patriotic, color educational film is about coal and how it's beneficial to our energy resources. It dates to 1974. Opening: field, trees on the side of a mountain, grain in a field, ocean water, water flows from a dam - Title: An American Asset (:06-:45). People walk in a major metropolitan area, NYC. Steel workers at work. A woman uses her thermostat in the house. Traffic backed up on a highway. Gas shortage footage from the mid 1970s - a line at a gas station and a sign that reads: NO...
Topics: Coal, American Asset, Educational Film, 1974, NYC, Stock footage
This is a 1939 black and white movie called Colored American Cavalcade, which was produced by Halley Harding. It is presented by the United Golfers Association. Produced by Halley Harding. The movie opens at the 14th Annual Open 10th Amateur National Golf Tournament, 00:20. Golfers approach the hole, 00:44. Camera pans over golf trophies, 00:56. Young boy swings the golf club, 1:10. The ladies of the west coast golf club wave to the players, 1:15. The Chicago Caravan are pictured waving to the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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In this episode of Screen News Digest (Vol. 27, No. 6), viewers see a very brief history of the development of computing and the ways in which microchips impact contemporary everyday life. The episode opens with footage of Stonehenge, microchips, and people working with computers in offices. Two people use their fingers to count (02:29), then they place stones on the sand to represent values (in development of counting). The episode shows an abacus, a reenactment of Blaise Pascal inventing his...
Topics: Computer Chips, 1980, Computer Engineering, Stock Footage
This short 1982 educational film, produced by Dimension Films shortly before the company folded in 1985. The film gives viewers a look at the different ways computers are used in society (specifically, it discusses computer use for creative, machine control, models, and files). The film opens with a shot of a computer in a large room. Children sit around an Apple II computer and monitor. A man uses a computer to generate designs. Dr. Derek Sampson looks at a computer printout of patient names...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This 1960s color educational film about Connecticut as part of the weekly TV series “America!” that was narrated by actor Jack Douglas. The Hartford skyline is followed by the gold-domed Capital Building. The window-washing method is shown for the two-sided boat-shaped Phoenix Life Insurance Company Building. Constitution Plaza is a commercial mixed-use development area. “The Safe Arrival” is a statue monument commemorating the first pioneers. Across from it is Center Church, where...
Topics: Connecticut, 1960s, Travelogue, Hartford, Stratford, New London, Mystic Seaport, Stock Footage
This black & white educational film is about Goodyear's rubber trees in Sumatra and how that rubber is used to make our tires here in America. This film was made in 1939 by Goodyear. Opening titles: Conquering The Jungle, presented by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, Akron, OH (:08-:34). The island of Sumatra. Sumatra is a large Indonesian island west of Java and south of the Malay Peninsula. It's known for its rugged tropical terrain, wildlife and smoldering volcanoes. Lots of rubber...
Topic: Stock Footage
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‘Conquest of the Air’ is a short film which follows around a Movietone newsreel cameraman on film assignments to capture various plane stunts and flights. The first assignment takes the cameraman into the cockpit of an Army plane (1:02) from which the other U.S. Army biplanes are seen flying in formation (1:02). These planes were to fly to Hawaii for an air circus (1:30) and they are filmed as they move over the newsreel cameraman’s plane (1:40) and as they land in Waikiki Beach. The...
Topics: Conquest Of The Air, 1930s, Aviation, Stunts Accidents, Newsreel, Highlights, Stock Footage
This black & white, wartime Canadian educational film from the "Knife and Fork Series" is about the meat shortage, meat rationing and how a meat coupon system can assist with the national nutrition problem. Copyright is circa 1943. The film was shot by Lawrence Cherry and produced by Evelyn Spice, with editing by Helen Lewis.  Titles: The Knife and Fork Series: Coupon Value (:08-:54). Boating dock. A shipyard. A crane hoists supplies. Large slabs of beef in a ship. A man cuts...
Topic: Stock Footage
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“Crash and Live” is a sort of public service announcement meets public relations presentation about the improvements in automobile safety in the mid 1950s. Colonel John Paul Stapp was a physician in the Air Force who was interested in how G-force effects interacted with the human body. He believed that human bodies could withstand more than the accepted limit in the 1940s of 18 G’s. This black and white film reel shows an interview with Colonel Stapp of Holloman Air Development Center in...
Topics: Crash, Live, 1950s, Drivers Education, John Paul Stapp, Car Accidents, Stock Footage
This 1968 travel film promotes Italian Line Cruises by following three people on one of the line’s Caribbean cruises to Lord Burgess & His Serenaders’ album by the same name as the film. The film opens with a shot of a woman at an outdoor table in Jamaica overlooking a pool and the bay. The same woman is then shown walking across a street in New York City. Vacationers wave goodbye from the decks of the line’s cruise ship Leonardo da Vinci (01:03). Guests mingle aboard the ship. On...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the operations at sea for U.S. Carriers and planes. Copyright 1944.  Opening titles: U.S. Navy Presentation - Carrier Operations At Sea (:06). Flight deck on a Carrier (:15). Planes parked (:37). Ammunition (:41). Bombs for an airplane bomb bay (:58). Men carry shells for the fighter's wing guns (1:24). Ordnance men (1:44). U.S. Battleship at sea (1:53). Ship's navigation staff (2:04). Pilots sit and listen (2:17). Sailors and pilots get ready...
Topic: Stock Footage
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One of a series of films released by the National Film Board of Canada under the "Canadian Work and Wealth" series and then distributed in the United States by Young America Films, "Cattle Country" is an educational film is about the cattle industry in Western Canada. This is copyright 1944 and was directed by Beth Zinkan aka Elizabeth Zinkan, who also produced "Craftsman at Work", "Trees That Reach the Sky" and several other films. "Cattle...
Topics: Cattle Country, 1944, Cattle Industry, Beef Production, Alberta, Canada, Documentary, Stock...
This short 1960s public service film from Coca-Cola discusses safe driving and vehicle maintenance by going back and forth between footage of competitive racecar events and footage of average motorists (dubbed leisure drivers and leisure cars by the narrator). The film features footage of several racing events, including a Formula One race at Watkins Glen International, a stock car race at Bridgehampton Race Circuit, and a Hot Rod race. The film opens with footage of various professional racing...
Topic: Stock Footage
This black & white educational film from Cadbury Brothers Limited is about harvesting cocoa in Ghana, West Africa, where the Cadbury company maintained (and still maintains) plantations. It was directed by A.R. Taylor and photographed by famed cinematographer Skeets Kelly, and copyright 1948. Cadbury, formerly Cadbury's and Cadbury Schweppes, is a British confectionery company now owned by Mondelez International. It was established in Birmingham, England in 1824, by John Cadbury, a Quaker...
Topics: Cocoa Harvest, Cocoa Harvest, 1948, Cadbury Bros, Ghana West Africa, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This short silent film by Billy Burke likely dates to the early 1940s, gives viewers a quick look at a few highlights of southern California. The film opens with footage of a golden field of California poppies, where a family picks the flowers. A little girl holds the flowers and smells them. She is then shown walking through the field (01:02). Next, viewers see an unidentified exclusive California hotel, possibly the Santa Barbara Biltmore. A bird’s eye view looks down on guests relaxing on...
Topics: California, Santa Barbara, Hollywood, 1940
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This black & white educational film is about the exercises and activities the cadets at the West Point Military Academy in West Point, NY do. Copyright 1937.  Opening titles: Columbia Pictures presents Cadet Champions (:06). West Point Military Academy in West Point, NY (:27). Cadets march (:33). Lacrosse team marches (:58). Cadets perform calisthenics in the gymnasium (1:07). Cadets continue to exercise in the gymnasium (2:03). Cadets do exercises on gym horses (2:50). Parallel bars...
Topic: Stock Footage
Created in 1961 by Pepperdine College, "Crisis for Americans: Communist Accent on Youth" was one of a four-part, Hollywood-produced film series. This episode describes the philosophies of socialist communism and how they contrast with those of a free republic. All the films in the series utilized newsreel footage and scripted narration, and each film sought to expose the threat of Soviet-based communism to capitalism and free societies around the globe. In turn, the films describe how...
Topic: Stock Footage
Released in 1939, "Conquering the Colorado" is a vivid recreation of Haldane "Buzz" Holmstrom's 1937 solo trip down the Colorado River from the conjunction with the Green River to the barrier of Hoover Dam. It was photographed in 1938 by Amos Burg and described by Paul Douglas.  Haldane "Buzz" Holmstrom (1909–1946) was a pioneer of running the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He was the first person to float all the way from Green River, Wyoming to...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This Soviet propaganda film, featuring English narration, covers the Space Race from the perspective of the Soviet Union (USSR), highlighting the career of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and the landmark spaceflights of Sputnik, Vostok, and Voskhod (TRT 48:29). Media res opening montage. A rocket ready for launch (0:08). Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in a still closeup. The 1961 launch of Vostok 1 with Russian title overlay (0:29). Credits over newspaper printing, switchboard operators, typists (0:52)....
Topics: 20th Century Soviet Space Program, Space Race, Yuri Gagarin, StocK footage
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Crusaders of the Sky (No. AFMR-661) is a short World War I film produced by Allegro Film Productions that gives viewers a look at the first American pilots to fight in the war as part of the Lafayette Escadrille corps. The primary aircraft flown by members of the Lafayette Escadrille included the Nieuport 11, Nieuport 17, and the SPAD VII. The film opens with footage of WWI: viewers see the firing of artillery guns and soldiers running across No Man’s Land. Photographs show the aircraft used...
Topics: Crusaders, US Air Force, World War I, WWI
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 This pictorial history of the Kennedy Space Center begins with the first test firing of a rocket motor in 1951. It then goes on to contrast the primitive launch facilities of that era to the Kennedy Space Center complex of the Apollo program.  The Kennedy Space Center was created for the Apollo manned lunar landing program, and has evolved to meet the changing needs of America's manned space program. At NASA's creation in 1958 during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, its...
Topics: Kennedy Space Center, Apollo program, Cape Canaveral, Florida, space race, rocket, missile, U.S....
This silent home movie dates to July, 1933 and shows highlights of the Chicago World's Fair. At :26 a panoramic shot shows the parking lot completely filled with vehicles. At :35 the entrance to the Fair with a Baby Ruth candy bar banner is briefly seen, followed by a pan across the entire fairgrounds. At :55 people are seen entering the venue. At 1:06 the Streets of Paris exhibit is shown. At 1:23 a sign reads "Casbah Des Ouydayas". At 1:25 the Goodyear blimp soars overhead. At 1:31...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This black and white transfer of a 1933 Kodacolor lenticular home movie film documents the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition, aka the Chicago World’s Fair, held in Chicago, Illinois from 1933 to 1934 in celebration of the city’s centennial. Despite taking place in the midst of the Great Depression, the theme technological innovation is evidenced by the signature “Sky Ride” transporter bridge, and the Moderne architecture of the constructed “Rainbow City” (TRT:...
Topics: 1933, Chicago, Worlds Fair, Century Of Progress, Home Movie, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made in the year 1933 by RKO and narrated by Alois Havrilla, this charming travelogue shows the highlights of Havana including the famed bar Sloppy Joe's, the Presidential Palace, the new Capitol Building, and more.  Ex-President Machado is seen leaving the Capitol as he flies into exile.  Down the Prado, the film shows Morro Castle, the wonderful beaches of Havana, the San Souci resort.  Cuban Rumba is shown at the 3:20 mark.  The seaport of Matanzas is shown, rope making, and the town of...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This silent 16mm home movie shows a visit to the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair also known as the Century of Progress. A Century of Progress International Exposition was a World's Fair registered under the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which held in Chicago, as The Chicago World's Fair, from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. The fair's motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Adapts". Its...
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One of the episodes of the Paul Devlin / Andre de la Varre "Screen Traveler", this film is about Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. The film dates to 1936. Colonial Williamsburg is a living-history museum and private foundation presenting a part of the historic district in the city of Williamsburg, Virginia, United States.In the 1920s, the restoration and re-creation of colonial Williamsburg was championed as a way to celebrate rebel patriots and the early history of the United States....
Topics: 1936, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, Travelogue, Paul Devlin, Amdre De Le Va, Stock Footage,...
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This black & white promotional film is about the Caterpillar Diesel DR7 Tractor . This was made in 1937 based on the roman numeral copyright shown. Opening credits: Caterpillar Tractor Co presentation (:08-:27). A globe goes round and round. Wherever work is needed to be done, Caterpillar DIesel equipment is there. Shots of the engineering department as well as the proving grounds. Women open files of the records for the tractors. Shots of the equipment at work. Files being plucked...
Topics: 1937, Caterpillar, DR7, Diesel, Tractor, Stock Footage
The film “Conservation of Natural Resources” dates to 1937, decades before the modern environmental movement took firm root in the United States. The film was released by Erpi Classroom Films, a division of Encyclopedia Brittanica, with the assistance of the University of Missouri (:07)  The film focuses on the United State’s effort to protect natural resources and restore damaged land and waters beginning in the 1930’s. It opens with the image of an oil rig (:22) as petroleum is one...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This 1937 color film, in which Hollywood actress Constance Bennett “presents her daily beauty rituals” provides general tips for women’s skin care and makeup application in a plush and colorful setting (TRT 5:10).  Bennet's most famous Hollywood hit was Topper, in which she starred opposite Cary Grant. Opening titles (0:06). A small glass clock sits on a nightstand (0:17). Pan to a woman in full hair and makeup tossing and turning in blue bed sheets (0:21). Constance Bennett rises from a...
Topics: 1937, Constance Bennet, Daily Beauty Rituals, Women Skin Care, Makeup, Stock Footage
This early 1940s black and white film is about the 1941 Chrysler Plymouth. A couple rides in a 1924 Chrysler Six. Seen up-close are its blue ribbon logo and winged radiator cap (:06-:12). An engineer checks off car-making objectives. The progression of car shapes is animated. The Chrysler Corporation and Engineering Building signs are shown (:13- 1:00 ). The film superimposes scientists working in a lab on top of the factory building. Room #237 “Chemical Laboratory Ferrous Metals” sign is...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1942 training film (Prod. No. 169) from the Canadian Army Film Unit and narrated by Gerry Wilmot shows the training of dispatch riders at a training school in England. The film opens with a scene of an officer showing soldiers a motorcycle engine in a room at a training school in England. Men are assigned a Norton 16H motorcycle out in the yard and must maintain the bike during the entirety of the course (01:12). The soldiers work on their bikes. An instructor shows the students how to...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent film "German warships break through the Channel" shows the "Channel Dash" operation of the Kriegsmarine in 1942. The film begins with images of Brest harbor, as German ships plan a breakout thru the Dover Strait. At :35 Admiral Erich Raeder is seen addressing crew prior to the start of the operation. At :49 a map shows the strategic situation with ships leaving Brest. At 1:05 an E-boat or torpedo boat escorts the...
Topic: German propaganda film.
Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent film "German warships break through the Channel" shows the "Channel Dash" operation of the Kriegsmarine in 1942. The film begins with images of Brest harbor, as German ships plan a breakout thru the Dover Strait. At :35 Admiral Erich Raeder is seen addressing crew prior to the start of the operation. At :49 a map shows the strategic situation with ships leaving Brest. At 1:05 an E-boat or torpedo boat escorts the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent film "German warships break through the Channel" shows the "Channel Dash" operation of the Kriegsmarine in 1942. The film begins with images of Brest harbor, as German ships plan a breakout thru the Dover Strait. At :35 Admiral Erich Raeder is seen addressing crew prior to the start of the operation. At :49 a map shows the strategic situation with ships leaving Brest. At 1:05 an E-boat or torpedo boat escorts the...
Topics: 1942, German Battleships, Warships, German Newsreel
This black and white documentary, Wright Builds for Supremacy, is a film on how to create and build Curtiss-Wright aircraft engines, and was probably produced around 1941 to 1942. The documentary was presented by Wright Aeronautical Corporation which was in business from 1919-1929 and then merged with Curtiss to form Curtiss-Wright, remaining one of the divisions of that corporation. This film was narrated by Lowell Thomas, an American writer, broadcaster, and traveler, and was produced by...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This black and white film, Combat Bombing, was filmed as a restricted film in the mid 1940’s and was an official training film for the War Department (which was dissolved September, 1947). Its number was T.F. 1-3466. The film describes and shows actual footage of the various types of bombs used in World War II and emphasizes how the personal are to hit the targets given to them. The film was produced by the First Motion Picture Unit of the Army Air Forces unit. This unit produced film during...
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This travelogue film, presented by Castle Films was one of a series sold for the home market called "The World Parade". They were commonly sold in department stores and camera shops. This film shows Glacier National Park,  a 1,583 square mile wilderness area in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, as it appeared in the 1940s. It includes shots of the area’s landscape including some of the glaciers and valleys. The Rocky Mountains are viewed through trees (:25). The park sits near the...
Topics: Castle Films, 1945, Travelogue, Glacier National Park, Montana, Rocky Mountains, Stock Footage
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Combat Bulletin 47, produced by the Signal Corps’ Army Pictorial Service in 1945 provides viewers with updates on the war. The film begins with the Tokyo strikes in February 1945, showing Task Force 58 heading to Japan (01:18), despite adverse weather conditions. Planes take off and fly past Mt. Fuji (01:54) on their way to strafe Japanese ships and attack Japan’s aircraft factories (02:40). The U.S. attack devastates some of Japan’s most important engine and assembly plants (03:18). The...
Topic: Stock Footage
Produced by Celluloid College in 1947, Basic Motion Picture Technique is an educational film on the basics of filming a motion picture. The film “has been carefully designed to teach exactly what it is that makes a movie interesting and enjoyable to an audience. It teaches technique, the ‘art’ of using the camera.” In this second part of the film, viewers learn about three more techniques, then they see them all applied in a silent short to conclude the educational film. “Lesson #6:...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1948 color travelogue is a quick look at the Caribbean Islands of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Cuba. Photography and live sound is by Irving Hartley and distributed by Hawley-Lord, Inc. The film opens with passengers getting on the Pan American Clipper Eagle, a Douglas DC-4, it rolls down the runway, and is shown flying to Puerto Rico (:20-1:00). A decrepit-looking building sits at the end of a pier with arched openings. The camera pans the Castillo San...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This 1948 color travelogue is a quick look at the Caribbean Islands of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Cuba. Photography and live sound is by Irving Hartley and distributed by Hawley-Lord, Inc. The film opens with passengers getting on the Pan American Clipper Eagle, a Douglas DC-4, it rolls down the runway, and is shown flying to Puerto Rico (:20-1:00). A decrepit-looking building sits at the end of a pier with arched openings. The camera pans the Castillo San...
Topics: 1948, Travelogue, Caribbean Islands, Puerto Rico, Stock Footage
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This ‘News Parade of the Year’ will focus on the news highlights of 1948. It is presented by Castle Films and will begin with aerial shots of massive flood waters which had hit the pacific northwest (:17). The Columbia river swelled due to excessive rainfall and shots of a cow sitting in a boat (:22) as well as a house floating through flood waters are given (:25). Shots of relief workers bringing aide to those in need follow (:25). In Florida, a hurricane swept from Key West to Miami (:59)...
Topics: 1948, Castle Film, News Parade, Berlin Crisis, Israel, Palestine, Stock Footage
This 1958 color film is from the “Wheels-A-Rolling” musical presentation that was part of the 1948 and 1949 Chicago Railroad Fair, at which 39 railroad companies participated. This was the high water mark for the passenger railroads, and just before the nation's airlines forced them to reconfigure their business model. The musical numbers showcase the life-size replicas of transportation and train development. The actors are dressed in corresponding costumes of the time period. This is a...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This film presented by Castle Films (:09) shows two tribes of southern Africa; the Venda tribe and the Zulu tribe both of which are Bantu ethnic groups. It opens with footage of animals typically found in the area including zebras (:36) antelope (:45), hippos (:59), giraffes (1:13) as well as elephants (1:19). A native kraal of the Venda tribe is then shown (1:31) with thatched roof huts. Venda tribe members patch the huts with clay and mud (1:50). The female members of the tribe are seen...
Topic: Stock Footage
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The 1949 short Chevrolet film, “It All Depends,” produced by Jam Handy, promotes Chevrolet vehicles by showing how the American community is connected and works together, and the role the automobile manufacturer plays. The film was shot somewhere in Michigan, likely just outside Detroit. It opens with an aerial view of a town, then cuts to a scene of children playing on a street ( 00:33 ). A family eats a meal together ( 01:54 ), the little boy enjoying a glass of milk that is brought to...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Made by Jam Handy, "It Could Be You" dates to 1949. This film was made during a time of unusual crisis -- when a shift from wartime to peacetime production led to a unique shortage of new cars despite heavy demand. As the film explains during WW2, the USA's auto industry was geared towards manufacturing war materials, leading to a complete halt of production of new makes and models. The film opens with a man receiving a phone call about a delivery of his brand-new vehicle (1:05). The...
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The 1949 short film, “Rough House,” was one of a collection of 16mm films on Chevrolets produced by Jam Handy. The film promotes the benefits of Chevrolet cars by revealing the numerous tests performed on the cars. In this film, the tests are simulated using what appears to be a 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline or Styleline Deluxe Sedan ( 00:24 ). The tests behind the comfortable ride of the Chevrolet are conducted at the General Motors Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan ( 01:08 ). The vehicles...
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This 1949 short Chevrolet film, “The Last Word,” produced by Jam Handy, promotes Chevrolet cars by boasting of the research, ingenuity, and engineering that goes into every Chevrolet. The film uses a couple driving several different Chevrolets over a period of several decades, and each time the latest car is the “last word,” or the best car Chevrolet could possibly make. The couple starts out driving a 1913 Chevrolet ( 00:22 ), then a 1925 Chevrolet ( 01:48 ), then a convertible model...
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Produced in 1949 by the Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet Motors, "Transportation Unlimited" shows Chevy trucks serving in various roles.   The film proudly points to the American system of transportation as the best in the world, and shows how the components of the system -- air, water, land -- are all linked by trucks. In 1949 one in every three of these trucks was a Chevrolet. This film contains excellent footage of Chevrolet trucks from the mid-1930s to 1949, carrying out more...
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This 1949 black and white film about the Cole Brothers Circus arrival, setup, and show in a town is presented by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films Inc. A group of boys and men in 1940s clothing watches the Cole Bros. Circus train arrive (:03-:18). A horse is unloaded from a boxcar. A cart of tent poles is unloaded (:19-:41). Elephants leave the boxcar, with a head close-up (:42-:58). Men ride elephants through town. The wagon and elephants arrive at the field. An elephant pulls ropes to bring the...
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Presented by Castle Films, which sold movies for home use in the 1940-60s, this short film "Killer Gorilla" is an excerpt from the feature film from 1950 called “Congolaise”. The feature tracks an expedition of scientists sponsored by the French Government and the Museum of Man. The expedition was sent to Africa in order to document native African American tribes and native wildlife in French Equatorial Africa. This particular segment, which may be disturbing to some viewers,...
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Chevrolet’s 1950 short film, “E for Efficiency,” produced by Jam Handy, touts the efficiency of Chevrolet’s valve-in-head engine. This type of engine ( 02:12 ) is only found in Chevrolets when it comes to sedans, such as the 1949 or 1950 Chevrolet Styleline ( 00:51 ). The film begins with an animation to briefly explain the general idea of efficiency. Continuing with animation, the film looks at a simplified model of the valve-in-head engine and how it maximizes power and fuel economy,...
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This hilarious, silent 16mm home movie from 1950 shows a "Valentine's Day Party" with some unexpected entertainment — as a troupe of cross dressing men parade on screen. We don't know if they were straight or gay, or swung both ways for that matter, but it's all just pure wonderful fun!  Sorry we don't know more about this film, who is in it or where it was shot! We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a...
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This short film is on the blast furnace. This is the furnace used for smelting materials into pig iron, lead or copper and is an age-old practice dating back to the fifth century. This particular film will look at the production of iron. It opens with an outside look at a blast furnace and its cylindrical towers (:40). A diagram follows depicting what happens inside, pointing to where raw materials entered (1:13) and the layering in which it was sent in. Footage of actual raw material entering...
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“What You Should Know About Biological Warfare” is a short black-and-white film produced by the United States Office Of Civil Defense. The 1951 educational film was meant to be a public service announcements meant to educate the populace on the steps to take in the event of a biological attack from our Cold War enemies. The film opens with a montage of scenes from farmland to bustling cities as the narrator explains how in the event of war, our enemies may try to disable our people or our...
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This 1951 black and white film is part of an information campaign by the Federal Civil Defense Administration and produced by TeleTran. It focuses on how individuals can extinguish home fires in the event of a nuclear attack. The underlying theme is to always be prepared. The film opens with the ring of a fire bell at a fire station. A 1940s American LaFrance firetruck pulls out and water is sprayed at a multi-story building. This is followed by an entire city on fire (:26-:54). An atomic blast...
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This 1951 Chevrolet promotional film THE VELVET GLOVE, promotes the new PowerGlide automatic transmission, first introduced in 1950.  The automatic transmission, which removes the friction clutch from the driver's hands, is thoroughly explained through the use of models and a "mechanical hand" in a "velvet glove."  The Powerglide is a two-speed automatic transmission designed by General Motors. It was available primarily on Chevrolet from January 1950 through 1973,...
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Made in 1951 by the Jam Handy Organization, makers of some of the greatest industrial films of the 20th Century, THE HEAD MAN Is a comical promo for Chevrolet.  The film focuses on the importance of understanding customer wants and needs as a part of a successful business.  In this case, through a series of flashbacks, a woman informs a psychiatrist about her husband Henry’s run-ins with poor customer service and subsequent odd behavior. While Henry never stands up for himself, he...
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Exclusive Films presents “Sky Traders,” a circa 1952 black-and-white picture that conveys the excitement of air travel and shipment of goods by air. A Pan American Airline flight lands at mark  01:30  while the film’s narrator explains how the “life” of an airport is planned in a control tower. We see scenes of air traffic controllers as planes land from around the world, but the newest challenge for airports is the cargo aircraft. “Today anything … goes by air,” we’re told...
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In 1952, actors performed the musical ADAM TO ATOM for the 160th Anniversary of American Society of Chemical Engineers. This musical featured music by Isaac Van Grove, choreography by Joan Woodruff, and a script by Ben Aronin. This 1952 color film shows the stage production of Adam to Atom as it was presented at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry (:21), interspersed with clips of actual items discussed in the musical. It highlights a history of man beginning with creating fire,...
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One of a series of films made by the Jam Handy Organization for General Motors after WWII, "The Rainbow is Yours" shows the Chevy Styleline cars of 1952, including the Deluxe and Coupe, in gorgeous color. This allows the film to show off the interior and exterior matching trim and fabrics, including leather seat upholstery and other luxurious features. In 1949, all the Chevrolets got the first new styling after the war. The Deluxe was the brand new upper-end model for Chevrolet. The...
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One of a series of films made by the Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet, AN HONORARY DOCTOR'S DEGREE IN DRIVING dates to 1952 and features TV announcer Durward Kirby. Kirby guides viewers through some point-of-viewing driving footage that shows your what might happen on the road – especially with “brake braggers,” “armless wonders,” and “tail huggers” – dangers that never upset an expert “doctor of driving”! Homer Durward Kirby (August 24, 1911 – March 15, 2000), known...
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Cancer is a short 1953 film produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films in collaboration with William B. Wartman, M.D., of Northwestern University’s School of Medicine. The short film describes common cancers and their symptoms as well as the current methods of cancer detection and treatment. Graphics ( 02:15 ) reveal how cancer cells spread and become malignant tumors, which can often be treated because of advances in cancer research. Advanced equipment at hospitals, such as the x-ray...
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Made in 1953, "Operation Doorstep" shows the Upshot-Knothole Annie nuclear weapons test conducted by the United States as part of Operation Upshot-Knothole. This took place at the Nevada Test Site on 17 March 1953, and was nationally televised.  The broadcast as well as this film suggests that it is possible to survive an a-bomb blast, as long as you have a good fallout shelter or other protection.  Unfortunately, just a few years after this film was made, larger and larger yield...
Topics: Civil Defense, Desert Rock, Nevada Nuclear Test Site, Operation, Doorstep, Upshot-knothole Annie,...
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This 1953 Chevrolet promotional film THE MAGIC TOUCH showcases the rear wheel drive Chevy cars of this era, concentrating on the power trains including the Power Glide automatic and Synchromesh manual transmissions.  The 108 hp Thrift-King engine is also seen at the 3 minute mark.  The high compression 115 horsepower “Blue Flame” is also seen at the 5 minute mark, teamed with a Powerglide automatic transmission. Chevy introduced automatic transmissions in 1950, so this film gives an...
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Produced in 1953 by Jam Handy, one of the most famous industrial filmmakers of the 20th Century, HOW TO BUY A CAR was made for Chevrolet to promote the sale of their new automobiles.  It features a father who doesn't want to buy a new car, but of course the rest of the family has other ideas.  Lots of great shots of 1953 Chevrolet cars including a convertible Bel Air, a wagon and sedan, as well as a Chevy showroom from the 1950s. Henry Jamison "Jam" Handy (March 6, 1886 – November...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Chevrolet, Jam Handy, 1953, sales Film, Convertible, Automobile