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Ephemeral films are non-fiction films usually made for educational, industrial, or promotional purposes. The two classic ephemeral film collections found on the Archive are the Prelinger Archives and AV Geeks.



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This black & white educational film "Eagles of the Fleet" was made by the British Government as a recruiting and information aide for the Royal Navy. The first part of the film shows shore training at HMS Heron aka Yeovilton, a facility sited a few miles north of Yeovil, Somerset.  The second part of the film shows flight operations, training and a mock attack staged by  HMS Vengeance (R71), a Colossus-class light aircraft carrier. The film features Fairey Firefly and Hawker Sea...
Topics: British Government, Eagles, 1950, Royal Navy, Recruiting Film, HMS, HMS Heron, Stock Footage,...
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This black and white film, entitled “English Children (Life in the City),'' was produced by Encyclopedia Britannica Films, Inc. (EB Films). This 1949 film is a collaboration with Harold S. Kemp of Harvard University and is educational and observational in nature. The production opens at 0:31 with a pleasant narration and footage of English school children participating in recreational activities outside a schoolhouse in the summer. Boys and girls playing marbles and jumping rope outdoors...
Topics: 1949, UK, United Kingdom, EB Films, Stock Footage
This 1963, black & white travelogue film shows "Exotic Nippon" with a focus on Tokyo and its various sights and entertainments. Although only two decades have elapsed since Japan's defeat in WWII, the nation is revealed to be prosperous and modern. Opening titles: Castle Films presents Exotic Nippon (:08-:17). The Great Buddha of Infinite Light statue in Japan. Children stare at it. Buddhist and Shinto temples, a flame burns outside. Worshippers leave their shoes on the steps...
Topic: Stock Footage
This film short promotes the city of Louisville, Kentucky and a clothing line of Navy and Old Salt sportswear featuring a type of easy care polyester fabric known as Fortrel. The clothing line was sold by J.C. Penney in the 1960s. The film starts with shots of a riverboat along the Ohio River as well as shots of the city limits sign. At 1:20 a visit to Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby. At 1:41 the Derby Museum is shown. At 2:00 college couples pose for snapshots at a statue of...
Topic: Stock Footage
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An animated film which focuses on electrical, solar, and nuclear energies and shows how they are produced and used. For elementary grades This film isn't in the public domain. The copyright is owned by Phoenix Learning Group, Inc. For information on using footage of this film for your project, email us at footage@avgeeks.com
Topic: Power resources
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This black & white educational film is about the measurement of time through the ages. Presented by the Elgin National Watch Company. Copyright 1943.  Opening titles: The Elgin National Watch Company presents Time (:14-:23). A man carves lines into a tree branch. Shadow of a tree moves across a field. Stick in the ground's shadow moves. Sun dial. Different types of sun dials. Stars in the night sky. Groups of stars. Time tables. Egyptians walk with camels. Clouds in the sky (:24-2:13)....
Topic: Stock Footage
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This fundraising film from the late 1940s or early 1950s (but most likely 1949), "Epidemic's Children" was produced by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Produced prior to the development of a vaccine, the film tells some of the modern history of the fight against the disease, and shows some of the effects of the polio disease and the treatment regimen of this era including water therapy and the use of iron lungs. The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis is now...
Topics: Polio, 1940s, Paralysis, Iron Lung, Epidemics Children, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Evaluating a Nation (AFIF 18) is a short Cold War film from 1951 on how the U.S. evaluates the strength and security of a nation (in terms of susceptibility to Soviet influence), based on that country’s geography, climate, natural resources, and population. The film opens with footage of fighting during World War II, Adolf Hitler, and a shot of the United Nations builidng in New York City. Members of the U.N. General Assembly gather in one of the building’s halls. Italian citizens vote in...
Topic: Stock Footage
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1937 EDUCATIONAL TRAVELOGUE FILM “HINDU HOLIDAY” This film takes viewers to India in the 1930’s for the traditional festival called Dussehra. The film is narrated by Don Beddoe (:14) and it enters India through the temple gates (:25). Buildings which are over 1,500 years old are shown with intricate architecture (:31). A close up shot shows sacred animals, gods and goddesses along the walls (1:58). A pool sits adjacent to the temple which had been used by an east Indian prince and his...
Topics: 1937, Travelogue, Hindu, Holiday, India, Dussehra, Stock Footage
This black & white educational film is about the people of Holland, a region and former province on the western coast of the Netherlands. (The name Holland is also frequently used informally to refer to the whole of the country of the Netherlands.) This movie was released in 1939 and was photographed by famed filmmaker Julien Bryan. The plot of the film is simple: sister and brother Annie and Hans VanWyck are students from a small town in Holland. They collect eggs from chickens on their...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about how paper is made starting with trees in the forest to its finishing process. Copyright is 1941 by Coronet Productions. Titles: Paper Making (:07-:33). Title: Winter Logging in Northern United States. Forest with snow. Tall pine trees abound. Northern Michigan. Men eat breakfast. A man trudges through the snow with a saw and hammer. A bulldozer carries a man into the forest. A man hacks at a tree with an ax. Snow falls from a tree as another man...
Topics: Paper Making, Paper, 1941, Coronet Productions, Stock Footage
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This is a silent film created by Excel as part of its “News of the World” series, which was created for the home market and sold through magazines. "News of the World" reported various news events from World War II. There were various editions, this one is from 1943. The film opens with a title card: Italian newsreel pictures show demonstrations against fascism at the beginning of the Badoglio government and the downfall of Mussolini. The film opens with unruly crowds in a Piazza...
Topics: 1943, Excel, Newsreel, Macarthur, Victory, Lae, Mussolini, Overthrown, WWII, Stock Footage,...
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This 1946 color travelogue film about North Carolina was presented by the Esso Standard Oil Company and is a John Bransby Production. Scenes of the Blue Ridge Parkway include three 1946 Dodge Deluxe cars (:45- 1:17 ). A 1946 Ford Super Deluxe convertible drives down the winding curves ( 1:18 - 2:43 ). An animated map is shown ( 2:44 - 3:29 ). A play is reenacted on Roanoke Island ( 3:30 - 4:40 ). Bath was the first permanent settlement ( 4:41 - 4:53 ). The University of North Carolina opened in...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Operation Sandstone, is a color documentary about American’s Atomic Bomb testing, which was conducted in 1948 at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands. This film, Produced by the USAF Lookout Mountain Air Force Station who produced motion pictures from 1947-1969, was part of an attempt to document atomic bomb tests and preserve them. Operation Sandstone occurred in 1948 and the film was produced soon after. The narrator, Carey Wilson, was an American screenwriter and voice actor. Intro (...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Directed by Dr. Futer, MAN AGAINST MOUNT EVEREST shows the 1952 Swiss Mount Everest expedition led by Edouard Wyss-Dunant.  His team including Raymond Lambert and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached a height of about 8,595 metres (28,199 ft) on the southeast ridge, setting a new climbing altitude record, opening up a new route to Mount Everest and paving the way for further successes by other expeditions. The oxygen sets were barely operable and when the two men continued in the morning, they were...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This film depicts Galilee; a mountainous region in northern Israel known for the Sea of Galilee where tradition states Jesus walked on water here. It shows the area in the mid to late 1950’s pointing to specific religious landmarks and their significance. It was presented by Films of the Nations (:09) with Peter Allen as the narrator (:29). The film was produced by Maurice Broen (:34). It opens with a shot of Galilee (:55). The film addresses Galilee to be in Palestine as it had been...
Topic: Stock Footage
1957 EDUCATIONAL FILM “TRANSPORTATION IN THE MODERN WORLD” This film presents the methods of modern transportation in comparison to methods of the past. It depicts the importance of various types of transportation for industry, travel and the growth of cities. It is a Coronet Film (:07) and opens with shots of a passenger plane (:30), a shipping harbor (:37), a railway and a modern highway with end of the 1950’s model automobiles (:53). Past methods of transportation were hindered by...
Topics: Transportation, Modern World, 1957, Industry, Highways, Railroads, Stock footage
This color educational film is about the way a supermarket is run and the various jobs within it. The store featured is Mayfair and this is copyright is 1958. Title card: Behind the Scenes at the Supermarket (:07-:27). Exterior of a Mayfair Supermarket in the morning. The manager brings his son to the store before it's open. They enter and start walking through the aisles. The manager puts on a white jacket, smiles at his son. The first thing the manager does is open the read door to the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This film focuses on the cultural and social aspects of what life within Soviet Russia was like during the Cold War. It was filmed with government permission and an official guide to show the more prosperous side of the Soviet Union and it will refrain from looking into the political and economic life (:11). Moscow is the fifth largest city in the world and is also the capital of the Soviet Union and the Russian Republic (2:03). The Moskva River, in western Russia, runs adjacent to the Kremlin...
Topics: 1958, Russian Life, Russia, Soviet Union, Soviet Russia, Stock Footage
“The Challenge of Ideas” is a 1961 film produced by the Defense Department’s Army Pictorial Center for showing to the US military. It dramatizes the Communist threat to American ideals and global aims as celebrities and media figures discuss the polarization of politics between the Western Allies of the United States and the Soviet bloc, pointing out the need for vigilance and action to protect democracy in the US and abroad. The film is introduced by Edward R. Murrow, the former CBS...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This historic computer and information technology film by Edutronics, Inc. presents “Data Processing Principles Basic File Concepts,” a 1969 film focusing on the “exciting things … happening today in the world of data processing.” From business to scientific research, the “science of information” is said to be changing the world around us. Machines are being used to represent, store, manipulate, transmit, and display information, we’re told starting at mark   01:05 . As we see...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This segment of "Air Force Now" features the A-1 Skyraider in action inVietnam with the First Special Operations Squadron also known as the "Hobos".  In this instance the Skyraider is seen flying cover for "Jolly Green Giant" rescue helicopters performing search and rescue operations. As American involvement in the Vietnam War began, the A-1 Skyraider was still the medium attack aircraft in many carrier air wings, although it was planned to be replaced by the A-6A...
Topics: Douglas A-1 Skyraider, Aircraft, United States Air force, VNAF, Vietnamese Air Force
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Presented by RCA, one of the pioneers in television technology, this 1939 film shows the new medium being demonstrated at the World's Fair. These early iconoscope TV systems are shown at the 1:10 mark, and the receiver known as the kinescope shown. Both of these early technologies would be replaced before television arrived in American homes after WWII. Interestingly however, television was used during the war on a variety of guided weapons including the TDR-1 torpedo drone (look it up). At 2...
Topic: Stock Footage
Created from paper prints at the Library of Congress, "Early Days of Motoring" shows some of the first motion picture footage of cars. The film starts with shots of horseless carriages maneuvering in traffic with pedestrians and bicyclists. At 4:40 the first Vanderbilt Cup Race is shown. The Vanderbilt Cup was the first major trophy in American auto racing. t was founded by William Kissam Vanderbilt II in 1904 and first held on October 8 on a course set out in Nassau County on Long...
Topic: Stock Footage
This film is the continuation of the film titled ‘Merrily We All Roll Along’ with Groucho Marx as the narrator. It begins with the Model T and the information that this vehicle could be purchased for about $300 (:18) and arrived without accessories, meaning the floorboards were often made from box the battery had arrived in (:42). One of it’s many quirks was a slow creeping forward if the handbrake, throttle and spark were not all aligned exactly (1:35). The weekly Sunday drive gave...
Topic: Stock Footage
Made in 1947, SILENT LANDSCAPES / PAYSAGES DU SILENCE is one of the earliest films made by Jacques Cousteau. The film was shot at a depth of up to 60 meters depth in the Mediterranean sea. This version is entirely silent, but the theatrical release version has an accompanying soundtrack.The plot of the film is simple enough as a team of divers explores undersea animal and plant life and revels in the majesty of the underwater world.   Cousteau had made his first underwater short "18...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Dating to 1948, this silent film "The Seals of the Sahara" is an early effort by Jacques Cousteau. It was shot in North Africa. Unlike many of the films Cousteau made in this era, this one does not rely primarily on underwater cameras or SCUBA gear. The plot of the film is fairly simple -- a Monk seal is taken from a sandy beach in Morocco, and then transported by ship to France where it becomes part of the exhibit at the Paris Zoo. We encourage viewers to add comments and,...
Topic: Stock Footage
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One of a series of silent short films made just after WWII by a young Jacques Cousteau ...AUTOUR D'UN RECIF (Tour of a Reef) is an impressive introduction to the undersea world, a world that Cousteau would chronicle over his long career as an innovator, inventor and media personality. Audiences who saw this film in the 1940s were completely astonished by the views it presented of the underwater world, seen starting at the 1:40 mark. The films shows an impressive array of sea life including...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This silent film UNE PLONGEE DU "RUBIS" was one of a series of shorts made by a young Jacques Cousteau immediately after WWII. The film shows dive tests which Cousteau performed aboard the venerable French submarine Rubis.The goal was to show how men could use an airlock aboard the submarine to emerge underwater, both for research and potentially as a means of escape. Not really mentioned in the film is the fact that, in order to shoot it, Cousteau developed a series of camera...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Made in the 1960s, this silent Russian film (actually -- it is a sound film but we have not yet been able to make a transfer of the magnetic sound, hope to do so soon) shows a demonstration of a Soviet punchcard computer system and other computers. These appear to include the ES EVM, one of a series of clones of IBM's System/360 and System/370 mainframes, released in the Comecon countries under the initiative of the Soviet Union in the 1960s. Production continued until 1998. The total number of...
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This 1950s newsreel contains a great deal of original Soviet film footage from the Sputnik I program, including animation that describes how the satellite was launched into orbit.  It also shows the launch of Laika the canine astronaut, and discusses the desperate American research attempts dedicated towards catching up to the Russians.   "Project Farside", an American attempt to carry a rocket skyward to a launch point high above the Earth, is also shown. Sputnik 1 was the first...
Topics: Space Age, Sputnik 1, Russia, Soviet Space Program, NACA, Project Farside, Laika, Astromomny
Created at the outset of America's entry into WWII, this Castle Film newsreel shows America as the "Arsenal of Democracy" producing men and materials for the war effort.   Basic training and testing of military equipment is shown, along with the construction of jeeps, tanks, ships, guns, planes, PT boats and other war material.   Some of the spectacular footage included shows tanks driving through buildings and over obstacles, soldiers fording rivers, exercises using horses,...
Topics: World War II, WWII, Stock Footage, Castle Films, Tanks, Boats, Ships, Guns, Basic Training
Created at the outset of WWII, this Castle Film newsreel shows America as the "Arsenal of Democracy" producing men and materials for the war effort.  Basic training and testing of military equipment is shown, along with the construction of tanks, ships, guns, planes and other war material.  Some of the spectacular footage included shows tanks driving through buildings and over obstacles, soldiers fording rivers, and naval exercises.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topics: newsreel, home front, WWII, Jeep, tank, submarine, PT Boat, battleship, military training, draft,...
Created at the outset of America's entry into WWII, this Castle Film newsreel shows America as the "Arsenal of Democracy" producing men and materials for the war effort.   Basic training and testing of military equipment is shown, along with the construction of jeeps, tanks, ships, guns, planes, PT boats and other war material.   Some of the spectacular footage included shows tanks driving through buildings and over obstacles, soldiers fording rivers, exercises using horses,...
Topics: World War II, Early WWII, WWII, Call To Arms, Castle Films, Stock Footage
This film promoting Eastern Airlines' cargo service opens with an Eastern 727 plane landing on an air strip (:55) and the doors open to reveal eight freight packs holding cargo ( 1:43 ). These shipments are brought to a lauder lifter and then to a skid ( 2:38 ). Rollers built into the floor of the plane enabled rapid movement of cargo ( 3:20 ). Large bags reading domestic air mail are shown and these are also transported in addition to cargo ( 3:48 ). Seats are being loaded into the plane as it...
Topic: Stock Footage
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EB Games Interactive Store Training DVDR 2005
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Made in 1943 during WWII, "Down Where North Begins" was one of many films made by the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs to encourage unity and cooperation among Latin countries and the United States. The film includes an overview of the geographic, economic, and social aspects of Ecuador: mountains, jungles, Riobamba, and Quito; farms, Indian handicrafts, volcanoes; pre-Inca and Inca ruins.  This story is about Ecuador. Ecuador is the only country whose name means...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This film depicts the California Gold Rush in 1848-1855. This propelled California into statehood as 300,000 flocked to the area in search of gold. The influx of gold reinvigorated the American economy. The first piece of gold was found by a carpenter named Jim Marshall (:46) at lumber mill in Coloma, California. A picture of the lumber mill is zoomed in on to show the tail race (:57) where he located gold in 1848. This first lump he had found is now held in the Bancroft library in the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1970s, this silent footage shows sights around Edwards Air Force Base. At :25 the Air Force Flight Test Center main building is shown. At :37 a Chinook helicopter used for rescue is shown on the runway. At 1:46 the exterior of the USAF Aero Space Research and Flight School is shown. At 1:53 a large cargo type aircraft is shown circling. At 2:55 various pursuit and training aircraft are shown on the ramp. At 3:35 a sign for the Rocket Propulsion Lab is shown. At 3:54 a freight...
Topics: Edwards Air Force Base, 1970, Air Force, California, Stock Footage
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Produced by North American Aviation, this 1960s film FIREPOWER shows the annual Eglin Air Force Base air show, featuring WWI, WWII era and post-Korean War jet aircraft. These include the supersonic North American F-100 Super Sabre, which is featured. Mock air strikes are shown on various ranges to simulate railroad yards, depots, and military installations of varying types.   B-52 bombers are seen at the 6:00 mark, and B-47s make a massed flyby at the 7:15 mark. Rockets are fired and bombs...
Topics: Air Force, Air Force Base, Super Sabre, Aircraft, 1960s, Air Show, Stock Footage
This 1966 film takes a look at a day in the life in Colonial Williamsburg in the 18th century presented by Eastman Kodak Company and Colonial Williamsburg Inc. (:11). A note appears which informs viewers that the homes, shops, streets and public buildings of colonial Williamsburg had been restored due to the generosity of John D. Rockefeller Jr. (:19). It begins with a master wood maker; Christopher Kendall, at his shop (1:08) as well as his son Tom and other journeymen and apprentices. Tom is...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made in 1949, "His Fighting Chance" shows the plaque of Infantile paralysis, commonly called polio. This is a disease which attacks adults as well as children. This film gives a general account, showing a number of cases, of how the disease affects its victims, and of the modern techniques of rehabilitation that are used. Eleanor Roosevelt, widow of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, narrates a portion of the film. Michael Redgrave also narrates. The film begins as the narrator...
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Made during WWII, this film will depict General Electric appliances and their uses as well as their proper care (:43). During the war new appliances were not available and so the film shows ways to keep General Electric appliances in good operating condition. It begins with a frayed cord and how this chord has been frayed by being pulled from the wire and not the plug itself (2:59). The roaster follows (3:36) and this must be properly cleaned inside and out. For care of the toaster (3:45),...
Topic: Stock Footage
This historic propaganda film from the Soviet Union recounts the progress of the USSR in industry, including industrialization, electrification, and improvement in the standard of living of all Soviet peoples.  Narrator:  Lenin's idea of electrification remains the driving principle for all branches of the national economy, especially those that determine technological progress. First and foremost, metallurgy, the foundation of material production. Secondly, mechanical engineering, which is...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This post-WWII recruitment film shows U.S. Navy electronic technician training, primarily for operation of sonar and radar gear but also radio and communications equipment.  First recruits are shown at Great Lakes, but soon trainees are moved to a formal Basic Electronics School where training for their rating begins in earnest.  The Advanced School is either at Memphis, Tennessee or Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.  The "Bat", a guided bomb developed during WWII is shown at...
Topics: Circuit, Electronics, Great Lakes Training, San Francisco, Vacuum Tubes, United States Navy,...
This 1954 film report from the Exploratory Committee on the application of water (sponsored jointly by the Fire Department Instructors Conference and the Fire Service Training Association and composed of fire chiefs, instructors in firemanship and fire protection engineers), and presented by the Elkhart line of Select-O-Stream Mystery Fog Nozzles, shows the 8 and 9 July 1954 large-scale fire test on a building in Kansas City, MO testing firefighting techniques using Elkhart’s JN 200 nozzle on...
Topic: Stock Footage
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A SIAMESE JOURNEY presents a precious view into the Thailand of yesterday. This is a film record created by Leon Shamroy and Tom White of the Ellsworth Huntington Expedition. Ellsworth Huntington (1876-1947) was a well-known Yale geography professor who led a series of expeditions to various parts of the world including the Middle East. At some point in the late 1930s, he he led an expedition to Siam, present-day Thailand, and this film was released in 1937-38 in the USA. The film is notable...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Help us identify where this film was shot and what units it shows! One person suggested it could be part of Operation Goldflake. Operation Goldflake was the administrative move of I Canadian Corps (in essence, all Canadian combatant units) and the British 5th Infantry Division from Italy to Northwestern Europe during the Second World War. British-led forces had been fighting in Italy since the Allied invasion of Sicily in July 1943. The Allied commanders decided to move the British and Canadian...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This color educational/training film is about how to make buoyant ascent in water. This is used to train submariners in making ascents from the 18-, 50-, and 100- foot levels. It was made in 1958 by the U.S. Navy. Credits: Non Classified, the United States Navy presents Buoyant Ascent Buships 1-57, produced by US Naval Submarine base in Pearl Harbor (:07-:40). A buoyant ascent to escape a submarine. The explanation and the how to do such an ascent is explained and shown (:41-1:47). The British...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This fascinating, silent home movie shows the emergency landing of a Capital Airlines Viscount, tail  #N7445 . It's unclear which airport that was shot at -- the canister it came in said "Willow Run" -- but on 25 May 1958 this same aircraft skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Probably this is footage of that incident although as you can see, the real cause of the emergency was that the landing gear failed to go down into position. That same year Capital lost...
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This 1970s film about the the Emerlec 30mm mount shows it fitted with two Oerlikon 30-mm/75-cal rifled automatic cannon. The Emerlek is a US-built antiaircraft gun mount in service in several classes of non-US ships. The film also shows the the CPIC or coastal patrol and interdiction craft aboard which the mount was originally intended for deployment. The CPIC was a 100-foot craft built as a prototype successor for the PT/PTF-type small combatant. The Tacoma Boatbuilding firm in the State of...
Topic: Stock Footage
Educational Films
by Educational Services Incorporated
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"The Physical Science Study Committee with the support of The National Science Foundation, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Ford Foundation presents as part of its course in physics" Lecture and demonstration by Professor Nathaniel H. Frank, Chairman, Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "(c) Copyright 1962, Educational Services Incorporated. All rights reserved." Experimental assistance by James Henry. Directed by Norton Bloom. Photographed by...
Topics: physics, electromagnetic fields, electron tubes, lectures, bicycle power
Energy And Its Transformations is an educational film produced by Erpi Classroom Films in the 1930s. The short film discusses the transformation of energy and how work is produced using the various sources and transformations of energy. The film opens with footage of natural landscapes while the narrator discusses how everything is some form of energy. This is the same with cities, cars, bridges and more (film shows corresponding shots of city skylines, trains, streets bustling with cars,...
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This is a 1970’s era color film presented by McGraw-Hill films. The title of the film is “Energy: Can’t Do without It”, and dates to 1974. The purpose of the film is to bring attention to the many ways we use energy, the importance of using energy wisely and conserving energy for the future. The film opens with heavy machinery pushing rocks and jackhammers ripping up concrete and entire city streets. Power shovel digs up a street 1:36. A man runs oxen in a field 1:48. People are shown...
Topic: Stock Footage
A/V Geeks
by Office of Civil Defense.
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About emergency operations centers, RADEF (Radiation Defense) operations We digitized and uploaded this film from the A/V Geeks 16mm Archive. Email us at footage@avgeeks.com if you have questions about the footage and are interested in using it in your project.
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Topic: civil defense
A/V Geeks
by Energy Research and Development Administration
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Transporting nuclear fuel can be problematic in a world where terrorists could use the fuel for a bomb. This film was shown to law enforcement officials across the U.S. to enlist their help with fuel transports.
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Topics: nuclear materials, security
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This Castle Films newsreel vividly shows the last major eruption of Mount Vesuvius in March 1944, right in the middle of the Allied invasion of Italy. The eruption destroyed the villages of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio, Massa di Somma, Ottaviano, and part of San Giorgio a Cremano.  From March 18 to 23, 1944, lava flows appeared within the rim. There were outflows. Small explosions then occurred until the major explosion took place on March 18, 1944. At the time of the eruption, the United States...
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This extraordinary silent 16mm home movie was shot by Dr. Harold L. Thompson, and shows the eruption of the Paricutin volcano. It likely dates towards the end of the volcanic eruption in the early 1950s. Thompson was a Los Angeles surgeon who liked to shoot home movies and present them. Around this same time he made an amateur film entitled "Invitation to Hawaii" which was widely seen around the USA. He was also president of the Los Angeles Physicians' Art Society. Parícutin (or...
Topics: Eruption, 1950s, Paricutin, Volcano, Mochoacan, Mexico, Home Movie, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This vintage newsreel shows the eruption of Parícutin (or Volcán de Parícutin, also accented Paricutín) in 1943. The now-dormant scoria-cone volcano is located in the Mexican state of Michoacán, near the city of Uruapan and about 322 km west of Mexico City. The volcano surged suddenly from the cornfield of local farmer Dionisio Pulido in 1943, attracting both popular and scientific attention. This eruption presented the first occasion for modern science to document the full life cycle of...
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Ethiopia — Africa’s Ancient Kingdom” is a circa 1961 Paul Hoefler Production that presents a study of Ethiopia — an area that “even today … is little known and little understood. The color film points out that as a nation, Ethiopia remains primarily an undeveloped feudal state with poor transportation and communication systems (mark  01:55 ), as well as powerful traditions rooted the past. It describes the nation’s long line of hereditary monarchs, and also discusses the role of...
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This fascinating short film ETHIOPIA IN THE FREE WORLD examines the role of the Ethiopian Kagnew Battalions, which fought in the Korean War. There were actually three successive battalions drawn from the 1st Division Imperial Bodyguard sent by Emperor Haile Selassie I between June 1951 and April 1954 as part of the United Nations forces in the Korean War. Even after the armistice, a token Ethiopian force remained in the country until 1965. Altogether, 3,158 Ethiopians served in Kagnew...
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Pattern For Progress is a short 1940s film produced by Audio Productions, Inc. for ESSO and Ethyl Corporation. It is “the story of a farm and a family,” which shows how machines increase the power of farming operations, therefore increasing production and revenue. The film opens with shots of fields and farms, including a farm family swimming with ducks ( 01:10 ). The film talks about farm families being the roots of our national life and presents viewers with scenes of farming and baling...
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Written by Eugene O'Neill and featuring the narration of Henry Fonda, "It's Everybody's War" was a short dramatic propaganda film produced by 20th Century Fox and distributed by the Office of War Information in 1942. The film is notable because of how it integrates re-enactments with newsreel footage. Some of the visually interesting moments that it shows (at the 1:30 mark) some of the feeble pre-WWII training of soldiers including the use of "phony" equipment, the Japanese...
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EUROPE ON $5 A DAY is a film travelogue produced by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and based on the famous book by Arthur Frommer that revolutionized the travel industry. The film opens at Kippen Airport in Amsterdam (00:00:50:00) as we begin a vacation tour of Europe. First, we get a vintage look of life in Amsterdam. (00:02:40:00) At (00:05:25:00) , we tour the Begijnhof, one of the oldest inner courts in the city of Amsterdam. Then, we view art and culture on the streets of the city, including a...
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EVA retriever robot. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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Shot by a member of combat camera named Edwin C. Udey who was tasked with making a documentary about the field treatment of wounded, this silent footage was taken during the Battle of Saipan in 1944. Unlike most of the censored footage you will see from WWII, this material of wounded soldiers being evacuated from the combat zone is quite raw. It is hard to watch without becoming emotional, seeing so many brave, young men who have been subjected to the horrors of battle. It is also impressive to...
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This late 1960s color travelogue film provides highlights of footage cut from other films in this series. It is narrated by Jack Douglas as part of the America! Television series.   A clam bake in Cape Cod is sponsored by the Bass River Rod & Gun Club. Being prepared in baskets are clams, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, hot dogs, and sausages.   Stones are heated in a fire and covered with wet seaweed.   The metal food baskets are placed on top and covered with a sheet. The...
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Demonstration of the EVR video/film player. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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This film is an episode from an American travel documentary series, “Expedition!”, that aired on television between 1960-1961, and hosted by famed explorer John D. Craig.   The footage is borrowed from a Russia Pacific Institute research group (likely the Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences aka Shirshov Institute of Oceanology ) doing research in two very different marine environments.   Close on shot of host John C. Craig, removing a diving helmet (:06-:43).  ...
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This black & white educational film is an episode of the series Expedition with our host, producer John D. Craig. The show documented journeys to various remote regions of the world, looking for such unusual things. Copyright 1961. Opening title montage: EXPEDITION  - with our host John D. Craig. John D. Craig introduces the episode: VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH (:07-1:09). John D. Craig sits in a  chair and discusses the upcoming episode (1:10-2:04). Title: Valley in the Shadow of...
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Hosted by John D. Craig, "Expedition!" was a pioneering anthropological TV show. This episode from 1960, "Survivors of the Ice Age" portrays the really harsh way of life of the seldom filmed Laplander culture. The film observes their daily life as a herding people dependent on the reindeer of the Norway's far North. This is a documentary portrait of a culture adapted to survival in the harshest of world climates, the Arctic. The Sami people (traditionally known in English as...
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In this episode of the early 1960s American travel documentary series Expedition! hosted by Col. John D. Craig, viewers are taken on the voyage of the U.S. Navy submarine USS Seadragon as it navigates its way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific via the Arctic ice cap in 1960. The episode begins with Craig showing a Navy diving suit as he talks to the audience. Commander George P. Steele talks with Craig about the Seadragon’s expedition under the ice (01:43). He shows a model of the...
Topics: Seadragon, TV Show, Submarine, USS Seadragon, 1960, US Navy