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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 color educational film is about tires, what is in them and how to use them best and brought to you by Dupont. It was shot in Pennsylvania, USA. No copyright but this is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s. Opening titles: Dupont…First in Fibers for Tire Cord. An old model car like a Model T drives in the 1920s down a country road. A flat tire causes the car to stop and a man pumps the tire with air while the woman waits. The car is back on the road. Title: FACTS ABOUT TIRES (:08-1:19). A...
Topics: Facts, Tires, 1970s, Tire Maintenance, Cars, Stock Footage
This color film 'Family Affair' was produced in 1952 to promote the Bell Telephone Company. It also represents one of the earliest screen appearances of actor Steve McQueen.  Title card shows FAMILY AFFAIR followed by an animated house that has been near downtown in a city for 50-55 years (various 'lifes' of the house: sad, happy, loud, quiet are shown) (:07-:42). The narrator explains that when people move in, things change - the walls change colors, furniture changes, this is all animated...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This 1929 movie, produced by Gavin studios (possibly later a division of Paramount pictures) shows the major sightseeing spots of Japan, starting with the usual point of landing at Kobe, where the travelers would be brought by the newest President ships of the Dollar Line, continuing on to Kyoto and a festival at Kyoto's Yasaka Shrine (one of the Twenty-Two Major Shrine circuit), to the Biwa lake, and the scenic boat drive down the Hozû river to Kyoto, on to Nara and its Japanese deer at the...
Topics: Far East, 1929, Japan, 1920s, Kyoto, Tokyo, MT. Fuji, President Liner, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This early 1940s black and white film about the mindset of a fighter pilot during WWII is presented by The Ministry of Information, produced by British Movietone News, and written and narrated by Air-Marshal Sir Philip Joubert, a senior commander in the Royal Air Force during the 1930s and in WWII.   It opens with dressed pilots waiting on the ground, laughing and talking with each other. A line of RAF fighter planes is shown, with uniformed pilots dashing out a door. The camera scans a...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This silent film from 1948 shows the training of a group of volunteer firefighters, demonstrating the elimination of large fires on industrial sights.  It opens and closes with the extinguishing of a fire at an oil well. Title plate (:11-1:03).  Sign for the Purisima Number 44 oil well (1:04-1:07) near Lompoc, California.  Long shot of the oil well, completely ablaze.  A man with a hard hat runs past camera.  Pieces start to fall off the rig, at first small, then larger, more structurally...
Topic: Stock Footage
In this 1944 U.S. War Department training film (TF 8-2047), viewers see how World War II soldiers were instructed to administer first aid to soldiers wounded on the battlefield. The film uses reenactments of a variety of injuries to show how to apply a compress and a tourniquet, how to splint a broken leg, and how to care for wounds to the lung, head, and intestines. The film opens with shots of troops marching down a road next to a tank, artillery guns firing shells, and gunners firing machine...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1970, color film reviews the maintenance process for a DC-8 jet airliner at the United Airlines maintenance base in San Francisco. It was originally an episode of "Discovery", a kids program that ran on ABC between 1962-1971.   The film shows how the DC-8 undergoes a periodic overhaul that lasts for five full days. We follow the maintenance crews through the detailed process of maintaining these incredible machines. The film opens with a DC-8 jet airplane landing on the tarmac...
Topic: Stock Footage
This black & white film is an episode from the short-lived TV series FLIGHT, Season 1, episode 8 entitled 'Bombs in the Belfry.' This aired in 1958 and was directed by Jean Yarbrough. It stars Dick Jones, Robert Knapp, Brett Halsey and Alan Wells, Walter Reed, Luis Alvarez and Anna Navarro. The plot revolves around a young bombardier who is racked with guilt after being ordered to bomb a church in Leyte. Opening titles: two men fight. Planes in formation. "FLIGHT" (:09-1:11). Host...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This black & white TV show is an episode of "Flight", a 1950s anthology series that was based on real incidents in aviation history. It is titled "Three Men" and was first broadcast in 1959.  The show presents a dramatic story about an air raid on the Focke-Wulf plant at Anklam, Germany by American B-17s from the Eighth Air Force. A parallel story is told about Lt. Kirk Muller, a German fighter pilot tasked with stopping the Allied raid. Produced by California...
Topics: Flight, TV Series, Three Men, WWII, Eighth Air Force, B 17 Raid, Anklam, Germany, Stock Footage,...
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The "Dupont Show of the Week" was an anthology program that ran from 1961 to 1964, often featuring significant Hollywood stars and comedians. The programs also featured the occasional documentary, including this non-fiction film entitled "Flight Deck". Produced and directed by A Wasserman, the hour-long program from 1964 offered an inside look at the operations of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier. The fourth Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier...
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Topics: Flight Deck, 1964, Carrier USS, Theodore Roosevelt, Stock Footage
This film will take a look at the Battle of Peleliu which took place from September to November of 1944 during the Mariana and Palau Campaign of WW2. It had been produced by the US Army, Navy, and Marine Corp (:17). The amphibious assault was a joint effort consisting of the Army, Navy, Maine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard (:25). This island was a part of the western most of Japanese mandated islands and had an airstrip on it which was the target of the mission (:50) in order to prevent...
Topic: Stock Footage
This film will take a look at the Battle of Peleliu which took place from September to November of 1944 during the Mariana and Palau Campaign of WW2. It had been produced by the US Army, Navy, and Marine Corp (:17). The amphibious assault was a joint effort consisting of the Army, Navy, Maine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard (:25). This island was a part of the western most of Japanese mandated islands and had an airstrip on it which was the target of the mission (:50) in order to prevent...
Topic: Stock Footage
Faith In The Future is a 1940s film that discusses the importance of transportation and the role Fruehauf trailers play in moving goods. Some of the businesses that use the Fruehauf trailers and are featured in the film are: Borden’s Farm Products of Michigan; Paranite Wire & Cable/Essex Wire Corp.; Long Transportation Company; Doehler-Jarvis Corporation; Bridgeways, Inc.; Ira Wilson & Sons Dairy; Harry Becker Company; Kozloff Fish; National Homes; E.H. Warren Company; and Hubert...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Fakeers of the East is a short travelogue from the mid-1930s, from Van Beuren Productions, that gives viewers a glimpse of the “magic” they will encounter on a visit to India. The film opens with a group of men playing instruments (flute and drums) during a snake charming performance. A man entertains a crowd by performing tricks (01:05), such as pulling a long line of flags out of his mouth. Another man (an Arab Fakeer, according to the narrator) pulls out yards of cotton string, sets it...
Topic: Stock Footage
This black & white educational/training film is about the Navy's fire prevention and control measures. This is copyright 1942.  Opening: A March of Time Special Production: Fire Prevention & Control (:09-:38).  Aerial shot of a huge structure fire with a massive smoke plume. Numerous fireboats spray water on the flames from many, different directions. A burned out car. A fire rages at night. Daytime - a car pulls up, a man exits. A military officer waves fire flags from a bi-plane, it...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This black & white educational/promotional film is about taking your first leave from the U.S. Navy and the importance in returning on time. Copyright 1943.  Opening titles: First Leave (:07-:20). Navy Sailors march and sing. Induction center to join the Navy. Men line up and take the oath of induction for the U.S. Navy. U.S. Naval Training Station, men walk in (:21-2:12). Men change their clothes, get checked by doctors, get new clothes. Man in front of a mirror in his navy uniform. Men...
Topic: Stock Footage
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"Flight" was a short-lived TV series that debuted in 1958 and only lasted one year. Hosted by Gen. George C. Kenney, the program focused on dramatic tellings of stories from the chronicles of the U.S. Air Force. Production company California National also produced "The Silent Service" which profiled the Navy's submariners, and "Navy Log". This particular episode tells the story of Col. Robert Evans, who in 1947 was involved in a special Cold War mission to prove...
Topics: Flight TV Show, 1958, B-29, All Weather Flight, Show Force, Strategic Air Command, Stock Footage,...
This 1950s color film about the Barney Convalescent Hospital (today Dayton Children’s Medical Center)  was sponsored by the Montgomery County Beer Distributors Association as a Ken Hutchinson Production. Barney Convalescent Hospital initially in 1947 provided care for children who were victims of polio. Nurses wheel children through a garden area. Beds with side rails stand tall on wheels to allow outdoor fresh air and wheeled back inside (:32-1:09).  A 1950s car ambulance arrives. A child...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Featuring actress Barbara Britton and actor James Craig, and directed by veteran filmmaker Lewis Allen, this WWII U.S. Navy propaganda film "Freedom Comes High" is one of the most melodramatic shorts to emerge from the war.  The plot revolves around Mrs. Blanding, a young bride and mother whose older husband has become a Naval officer and gone to sea.  Of course he is in harm's way, and the results are catastrophic.  Just before going into action, Steve writes a letter mentioning...
Topics: Freedom Comes High, WWII, World War II, US Navy, Stock Footage
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Featuring actress Barbara Britton and actor James Craig, and directed by veteran filmmaker Lewis Allen, this WWII U.S. Navy propaganda film "Freedom Comes High" is one of the most melodramatic shorts to emerge from the war. The plot revolves around Mrs. Blanding, a young bride and mother whose older husband has become a Naval officer and gone to sea. Of course he is in harm's way, and the results are catastrophic. Just before going into action, Steve writes a letter mentioning how...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this short silent newsreel shows wartime activities "From Murmansk to Africa". At the start of the film, bombs are loaded on Luftwaffe Stukas and bomber aircraft tasked with the mission of bombing Allied convoys headed for Murmansk. At 1:00 bombs fall onto the port of Murmansk. At 1:18 the Caucus Front line is shown with German artillery firing against Russian lines. At 2:00 German troops with inflatable assault boats prepare to cross a...
Topics: 1942, Africa, German Newsreel, Murmansk, WWII, World War 2
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“Fun, Sun, Sand And Sea,” an episode in Jack Douglas’ weekly America! series, highlights popular places to visit in Florida. The episode opens with Jack Douglas at an amusement park in Florida talking about the attractions in the state. The first stop is St. Augustine (01:26), where viewers see a trolley car moving down a street, a statue of Juan Ponce de Leon, the ruins of the town’s old fort guarding the harbor, and the Fountain of Youth theme park. A man dressed in a colonial Spanish...
Topics: Fun, Sun, Sand, Sea, Florida, 1960s, Travelogue, Youth, Stock Footage
Educational Films
by Churchill Films
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Topic: Animation (Cinematography)
PeriscopeFilm
by PeriscopeFilm
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"Felix Out of Luck" is a 1924 Felix the Cat cartoon, directed by Otto Messmer and produced by Pat Sullivan. This version is silent and was created for home use. The plot centers around a confident yet hungry Felix, who believes he has lunch waiting for him at his house -- only to discover that's not the case.     Felix the Cat is a funny-animal cartoon character created in the silent film era. The anthropomorphic black cat with his black body, white eyes, and giant grin, coupled...
Topics: Felix, Felix The Cat
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This silent film -- probably made by Eastman Kodak as part of the company's educational film library --   shows a Ford Model A assembly plant, probably the famed Rouge Ford Plant, and the manufacturing of these vehicles of the late 1920’s. According to a Ford expert, the closed bodies cars are Model As with all steel doors, and the crankshafts depicted are also Model A.   Introduced in 1927, the Model A was Ford's second market success after the Model T which had been in production for 18...
Topics: 1919, Ford, 1920s, Automobile, Model T Plant, Stock Footage
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This film provides footage from the University of California’s popular football games from 1929 to 1945 and provides shots of star players and plays. It was produced by the University Extension, University of California (:43). Images of spectators in the stands show various pictures formed as they flip over cards (1:09). The first game is the 1929 game which pitted USC Trojans against the California Golden Bears (1:52). Benny Lom (2:06) and Roy Riegels participated in this game. During the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This 1941 black and white film about the FBI and its wartime activities was narrated by Westbrook Van Voorhis. The inside of a 1940s FBI car is shown, followed by its FBI license plate (0:31-0:50). Men in suits walk into the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice building (0:51-1:05). FBI agents work at a community table, do paperwork, and hold meetings with local law enforcement officers (1:06-1:48). People walk through the hallways in the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC...
Topics: 1941, FBI. Federal Bureau, March Of Time, Documentary, Stock Footage
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This silent home movie film was shot in 1941 by an American on vacation in Florida. Some of the sights seen include a tourist bureau at 36 seconds, a visit to the Oriental Gardens of Jacksonville at the :43 second mark. An alligator farm is seen at the 2 minute mark, and the entrance to St. Augustine at 2:20, along with the Castillo de San Marcos, the Oldest Church in America, and the Oldest School in the United States. At 6:30, the Silver Spring Seminole Indian Village is seen, and a...
Topics: 1941, Florida, Trip, Home Movie, ST. Augustine, Tourist, 1941, Stock Footage
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This black and white 1941 demonstration film, produced by Ford Motion Picture Laboratories and narrated by Michigan sportscaster Harry Wismer, shows U.S. Army Truck, ¼ ton 4x4 Command Reconnaissance vehicles in action at and around the Ford River Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan (TRT 0:23). Opening titles (0:07). Dedication: “This film is respectfully dedicated to the officers and men of the United States Army in the name of American Industry…” (0:27). A trio of Ford 4x4...
Topics: 1941, Ford, Reconnaissance, Cars, Army, Jeep, Edsel Ford, Stock Footage
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Probably produced by the Canadian government as part of their outreach to French speaking citizens during WWII, this 1943-44 newsreel (a French version of an English original) features various segments. Predominately about supply, logistics and transportation, this film shows railroads, aircraft and trucks delivering war material to distant front lines in China, Europe, and Africa. At the 30 second mark, P-39 Airacobras are seen being turned over to the Russians. At the 1 minute mark, German...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, French, WWII, World War II, Schwienfurt, P-39
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This silent film shows footage of rockets being test fired against a series of armored plates,  possibly at the Dugway Proving Ground or the Desert Training Center.  It was shot in May of 1944 and these tests were conducted as part of tests of air-to-ground rocket projectiles, likely the FFAR or possibly the HVAR.   The FFAR was a 5-inch Forward Firing Aircraft Rocket developed during World War II for attack from airplanes against ground and ship targets.  A rocket launch catapult is...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Aberdeen proving Grounds, Destruction, War, Dugway Proving Grounds...
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Directed by Albert Mahuzier and filmed by Gaston Madru, "Reseau X"   is a documentary that shows the French "secret service" trying to rescue Allied pilots who were shot down over Occupied France.   The film also shows the French underground and its support of the liberation of France. The airmen shown in the film are U.S. Army Air Force 2nd Lt. Alfred Richter, Sgt. Robert Peterson, and First Officer James Stewart of the RAF. The film was primarily shot on 12 June, 1944,...
Topics: 1944, French Resistance, Espionage, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about the construction of the Fontana Dam in Tennessee. In 1935, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which was concerned with the Little Tennessee's effect on flood control in the greater Tennessee Valley, began negotiating with Alcoa to assume control of the Fontana project. Although Alcoa preferred that TVA build the dam, TVA was unable to get necessary funding for the project until the outbreak of World War II in 1941, when emergency wartime initiatives...
Topics: 1947, Fontana Project, Tennesse Valley, Fontana Dam, Construction, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This rare film shows activities at the Farnborough Air Show in 1949, beginning with rare footage of the Cierva Air Horse helicopter.   The largest helicopter in the world at the time of its debut, the Air Horse was unusual for using three rotors mounted on outriggers, and driven by a single engine mounted inside the fuselage.  Also seen are the Black Arrows (the forerunners of the Red Arrows) as they demonstrate the very meaning of precision during their giant aerobatics display. Aircraft...
Topics: Aircraft, Farnborough Airshow, Cierva Air Horse, B-1 Canberra, Avro Shackleton, deHavilland Comet,...
Shot as "b-roll" by a maker of industrial films, this silent movie shows views of San Francisco and the Bay Area shot from an airplane circa 1949. At :35 you will see sweeping views of Treasure Island and the Bay Bridge, and at 1:26 views of Berkeley. At 2:17 the approach to what appears to be Oakland Airport (but could also be the San Francisco International Airport).  At 3:00 a railroad bridge spanning the bay is seen. At 3:13 footage is shown of the Bay Bridge. At 3;45, POV...
Topic: Stock Footage
PeriscopeFilm
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This black & white educational film is about the FDA and that they make sure that what is in food actually is and that what medicine/cosmetics says it will do it actually does. It has a copyright date of 1949. Opening titles: FRAUD FIGHTERS (:06-:29). Exterior of the FDA Building. People at work in an office. A man puts a device on another man. A man at a desk looks at an ad that guarantees a lot that it will do, its called 'Elixirex.' Exterior of a New York office. An Inspector who works...
Topics: 1949, Food, Drug, promo Film, Fraud Fighters, Food, Medicine, Testing, Stock Footage
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This is a silent, color/black & white home movie. We believe this was shot at the Fort Monmouth, New Jersey by members of the Signal Corps, U.S. Signal Training Regiment, known as Company U. This is circa 1949, when the Signal Corps Training School was based at Monmouth. There are actually two films here. The first shows members of the regiment on parade and being inspected. The second is a sort of "gag film" called "A Day At Home" showing everyday life for inductees in...
Topics: 1949, Fort, Monmouth, New Jersey, Signal Corps, Home Movies, Stock Footage
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Using Water Wisely is a 1950s video report from the Exploratory Committee On The Application Of Water, which reports on the results from test fires and the use of indirect water application—using water wisely—in fighting fires. The film primarily features footage of test buildings on fire with one or several fire hoses applying water. The film opens with dozens of firemen ( 00:18 ) watching a test fire. The test fires in the report are conducted in Miami, Florida ( 00:47 ; 15:08 ), Kansas...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, The Fireman is a 1954 educational documentary that gives viewers an overview of a typical work day for the 1950s American fireman. The film opens with a shot of a fire engine driving down a residential street from the perspective of the engine. Fireman Tom Briggs leaves his car ( 00:22 ) and walks into Station 1 of the Evanston Fire Department. He passes the fire engines and lines up for inspection with the other firemen. The Fire Marshall reviews the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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These silent home movies of the Brooklyn and New York City Rapid Transit system were shot by Artie Keyser in 1955-56.  The film shows the Fulton Street Line, an elevated line running at Liberty Avenue. The Fulton Street Line, also called the Fulton Street Elevated or Kings County Line, was an elevated rail line mostly in Brooklyn, New York City, United States. It ran above Fulton Street from Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn in Downtown Brooklyn east to East New York, and then south on Van Sinderen...
Topics: 1955, New York, Transit System, Railroad, Brooklyn, Stock Footage
On May 20 and 21, 1927 Charles Lindbergh flew the first solo, non-stop trans-Atlantic flight in a plane called "The Spirit of St. Louis. His flight took about 33 hours and 30 minutes. On the 30th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's flight, Major John Robinson Risner flew the same exact flight in an F-100F which took him 6 hours and 37 minutes. This display is that plane used which was nicknamed "The Spirit of St. Louis II" The F-100 was the first U.S. fighter cabable of supersonic...
Topic: Stock Footage
“12 To Go” covers the 1957 Florida International 12 Hour Grand Prix of Endurance of the Amoco Trophy. The sports car endurance race was held at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida. Mark  00:35  introduces us to David Ash, who between 1952 and 1957 earned the title of “Mr. MG’" as the only driver to start and finish five twelve-hour-long endurance races at Sebring in five tries. Ash “pleads” with his wife to allow him to participate in the race and sets off from...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This color educational/promotional film is about the new Workmaster And Powermaster Ford Tractors. This is circa 1957 or 1958. In 1957 Ford introduced these new tractors with additions in 1958.  Credits: Presented by Ford Tractor and Implement Division and introducing Workmaster and Powermaster Ford Tractors (:06-:20). Two Ford tractors ride across a freshly cut lawn. A large group of tractors move about. A farmer picks up dirt with his tractor. A diagram shows that horsepower went up from...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This rare color film produced by The Brown-Firth Research Laboratories in Sheffield presents the September 9, 1960 21st S.B.A.C. Flying Display at Farnborough Airport in England. [This event still serves today as an exhibition for the aerospace and defense industries and a public airshow.] The film opens with some of the inside exhibits (:34) and features the Bristol Siddeley swiveling jets (:56), Firth Brown and Firth-Derihon special and alloy steel parts booths ( 1:14 - 1:21 ), the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
In 1968 a group of U.S. veterans embarked on a trip to Japan. These weren't just ordinary vets, but members of the Flying Tigers, the American 14th Air Force which fought against the Japanese in China. The trip was apparently filmed by flight engineer Albert Love who was sent to China in 1943 to help form the 14th.  The film documents a rather ordinary trip to the Far East, with an emphasis on Japan. At :26, members of the 14th board a Northwest Airlines plane in Seattle to fly to Japan....
Topic: Stock Footage
The Thinking Machine is a 1968 educational film from the Bell Telephone Company (Bell System) that shows the development of “thinking machines,” or computers. The film uses animations to show how a computer’s memory, information processing, and recognition processes work, which complements the look the film takes at the current usage and abilities of computers. The film opens with clips of various computers from science fiction movies and television shows. A short animation shows a...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Created in 1941 by Castle Films, this silent newsreel was created in honor of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's record third inauguration.  The newsreel begins with a recap of his political career from Asst. Secretary of the Navy to failed Vice Presidential candidate and finally Governor and President.  At the 2 minute mark the story of the Great Depression is told visually, with protestors marching on Washington and huge unemployment lines.  President Hoover rides with FDR to the first...
Topics: Franklin D. Roosevelt, United States President, Civilian Conservation, Works Progress...
Ephemeral VHS
by Karl Sabbagh; Paul Herlinge
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"This program focuses on the months of testing leading up to the first test flight of the 777."-- description from box.
Topics: vhs, aircraft, 777, Boeing
Source: VHS Panasonic AG-1980>Panasonic DMR-E30>CDR via OSX
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Made during the Cold War, this historic film in German shows the F-104 Starfighter being tested as part of SATS, Short Air Field for Tactical Support or SATS and its counterpart the ZELL program. The zero-length launch system or zero-length take-off system (ZLL, ZLTO, ZEL, ZELL) was a system whereby jet fighters and attack aircraft were intended to be placed on large JATO rockets attached to mobile launch platforms. Most zero length launch experiments took place in the 1950s, during the Cold...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This short, silent training film is a bit of a mystery. It begins with images of an F-105 Thunderchief in camouflage paint scheme in a hangar, with crew checking out a large piece of ordnance, possibly a B-61 or B28 nuclear weapon or mockup. At the 2:30 mark, a mock-up of what appears to be a B-61 nuclear weapon is shown. At 4:13 another weapon is shown, possibly a B28EX nuclear weapon mock-up. The B28, originally Mark 28, was a thermonuclear bomb carried by U.S. tactical fighter bombers,...
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Topic: Stock Footage
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This raw footage shows the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark performing in-flight refueling, apparently as part of tests conducted at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The film shows the F-111 taking off, rendezvous with a tanker, and refueling approaches. It includes POV shots from inside the tanker aircraft as well as exterior footage shot by chase aircraft. The aircraft shown is tail #39773, S/N 63-9773, which we believe was the prototype F-111A aircraft. It is painted in a grey and white...
Topics: F-111, AARDVARK, Flight Test Program, Air To Air Refueling, Edwards AFB, Stock Footage
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Made by Grumman to promote the new F-14 Tomcat, this film takes place at Miramar, California and Fighter Town USA.   At mark 0:33,   Fighter Town USA is seen with various front line Naval aircraft including F-4 Phantoms. Here, pilots are now using lessons from the war in S.E. Asia in developing F-14 combat maneuvering syllabus, using the variable wing at different speed ranges, and getting use to the plane's sophisticated electronic packages. The multiple weapon systems include Phoenix...
Topics: F-14 Tomcat, Air Combat, Grumman, F-14, Callifornia
Ephemeral VHS
by Robert E. Ball Jr.
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"...the U.S. Navys F-14 Tomcat is Americas favorite jet fighter....F-14s scored their first kills in 1981 when two Tomcats downed two attacking Libyan Sukhoi SU-22 fighters.  Qaddafi challenged the F-14 again in 1989 when he ordered two MiG-23 Floggers to intercept patrolling Tomcats....The F-14 earned the honored title  MiG Killer ...."    
Topics: vhs, Combat Footage, Department of Defense
Source: VHS Panasonic AG-1980>Panasonic DMR-E30>CDR via OSX
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Hosted by Rear Admiral Leonard "Swoosh" Snead, the Navy's project manager for the F-14 Tomcat, this 1974 movie provides an update to the on-going efforts to put the aircraft with the fleet. The film shows the remarkable efforts the Grumman employed to test, manufacture, and deploy this remarkable fighter. At this point only 13 aircraft had been delivered from Northrop Grumman to Miramar, and the plane's potential was not fully known. The film shows VF-1 and VF-2 beginning independent...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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“F-16 Hydrazine Hazards” was produced by Aerospace Audiovisual Service in the late 1960s at the Military Airlift Command (MAC) headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  An F-16 Fighting Falcon flies into view (0:08). The camera slowly zooms in closer to the cockpit (0:49), cuts to the underbelly, then pans to the port side. The F-16 is a multirole tactical fighter, will full air-to-air and air-to-ground combat capabilities, and an electronic flight control system.  An F-16 sits...
Topics: F-16, Fighter Jet, H-70, Fuel Hazards, Titan Missile, Fuel, Stock Footage
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Made in 1972 by the U.S. Navy to train crash crews and air crews, this film shows emergency rescue procedures for the F-4J Phantom aircraft. The planes used are from Air Wing Five, a United States Navy aircraft carrier air wing based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, but the film was produced at Pt. Mugu in California. At :44 a crash scene is shown at an airport, with heavy foam being sprayed by a fire engine. Firefighters wearing asbestos safety suits quickly disengage the pilot from his...
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Produced by McDonnell Douglas for the U.S. Navy, F-4 FLIGHT CHARACTERISTICS was a restricted film made for pilot training purposes. The opening features a fabulous montage of imagery comparing a fighter jock to a horse-riding cowboy.   The film also includes footage of a Moviola Library Viewer or LVR, a film viewing device made by the famed Moviola Corporation for the U.S. Military. An identical LVR is now used in the Periscope Film archive on a daily basis to view films.   The McDonnell...
Topics: F-4, Phantom, F-4 Phantom, US Navy, 1960, McDonnell Douglas
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This silent footage from a U.S. Navy archive, shows Navy Cross winner F. Trubee Davison at his home in New York.  Various footage related to WWI aviation is seen, including shots of biplanes, dogfights, and seaplanes, as well as shots of the First Yale Unit also known as the "Millionaire's Unit".  This material was presumably part of a documentary film or tribute created in honor of Davison.  In 2015 a documentary film was released about Davison and the First Yale Unit, see...
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In this Army – Navy Screen Magazine newsreel, we learn about THE BATTLE OF THE UNITED STATES. In this film from 1944, we see narrator J. Edgar Hoover (00:00:37:00) discussing the importance of catching spies in the United States during World War II and the great efforts the FBI went through to stop them. J Edgar also credits the citizens with doing their part in the effort to stop spies in the United States. Vintage footage from 1940 New York can be seen at (00:01:40:00). Footage of an...
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In this Army – Navy Screen Magazine newsreel, we learn about THE BATTLE OF THE UNITED STATES. In this film from 1944, we see narrator J. Edgar Hoover (00:00:37:00) discussing the importance of catching spies in the United States during World War II and the great efforts the FBI went through to stop them. J Edgar also credits the citizens with doing their part in the effort to stop spies in the United States.  Vintage footage from 1940 New York can be seen at (00:01:40:00). Footage of an...
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Producers, William T. Cartwright and Kenneth Koerner; writer, Anthony Potter; narrator, Eric Sevareid Both Hitler and Roosevelt appreciated the value of mass communications. FDR took to "fireside chats," among other things, and Hitler assigned Goebbels as Minister of Propaganda Search Educational Film Journals at Media History Project for references to this film Summary Shows that both Hitler and President Roose./it appreciated the value of mass communications. Traces their careers...
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Topics: 16mm Film, Educational Film, Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945, Hitler, Adolf,...
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by Brodie, Bernard, 1910-1978
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F.D.R.3rd Term to Pearl Harbor SummaryCovers the period from June 1940 to December 7, 1941. Features some of the historic moments in Roosevelt's career, including the personalities and events of his third term campaign and the ominous days preceding the United States' entry into World War II. The experiences of a little boy caught between an over-protective mother and a domineering father. The parents' gradual acceptance of the boy as an individual demonstrates that well-motivated adults can...
Topics: Naval art and science, Strategy, Sea-power
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A training film made for the U.S. Navy by McDonnell, this movie covers normal flight, take-off and climb, maneuvers, single engine flight, approach and landing, and securing the aircraft. The McDonnell F2H Banshee was a single-seat carrier-based jet fighter aircraft deployed by the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps from 1948 to 1961. It was one of the primary American fighters used during the Korean War and was the only jet-powered fighter ever deployed by the Royal Canadian...
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 This color documentary film from circa 1964 features real people, places, and events in the telling of the story, “The Best Investment We Ever Made!” — and encouraging viewers to build airports in their community. As a small airplane takes off from a landing strip, narrator Arthur Godfrey tells the audience how businesses are beginning to relocate from major metropolitan areas to rural areas. In 1962, 9 out of 10 factories were being built in small communities, which has led to an...
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Produced by Byron for the Office of Civil Defense, this 1955-vintage film illustrates some of the FACTS ABOUT FALLOUT from nuclear explosions. It was originally screened at community meetings and a pamphlet with the same name handed out.  The film includes the infamous statement at the 7:15 mark that "3 feet of dirt" above your fallout shelter is all you need to survive.  In an era before the hydrogen bomb, such a statement was not altogether ludicrous but once the H-bomb was a...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Nuclear Warfare, Nuclear War, Atomic Bomb, Fallout, Hydrogen Bomb,...
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This color film, AVR-140, is a U.S. Air Force audiovisual presentation about the A-10 capabilities and testing during a sortie surge on February 8, 1977. The A-10 attack aircraft were tested in Gila Bend, Arizona. Before the day was over, each plane flew 17 missions. The plane taxis in and the wheels are blocked. The ground crew works quickly to restock it with ammunition; large depleted uranium armor-piercing shells (:08- 1:40 ). The A-10 flies directly at the camera, passes by, and drops on a...
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This color film, AVR-140, is a U.S. Air Force audiovisual presentation about the A-10 capabilities and testing during a sortie surge on February 8, 1977. The A-10 attack aircraft were tested in Gila Bend, Arizona. Before the day was over, each plane flew 17 missions. The plane taxis in and the wheels are blocked. The ground crew works quickly to restock it with ammunition; large depleted uranium armor-piercing shells (:08- 1:40 ). The A-10 flies directly at the camera, passes by, and drops on a...
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Made during WWII, this promotional film from Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation showcases the AT-21 Gunner, an ill-fated design that failed to perform its original mission -- to train bomber crews for combat service. The film starts out by mentioning the success of the Fairchild C-82 Packet cargo aircraft, and briefly shows that airplane at the  1:30  mark, before starting to focus on the Gunner. The film was directed by Robert Elwyn and produced by Gordon Knox and his Princeton Film...
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This silent film is from the top secret U.S. Air Force project known as "Black Spot" which began in December of 1965. The film was shot at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida where the program developed. Black Spot was intended to give the Air Force a self-contained night attack capability to seek out and destroy targets along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. In early-1966, the concept was approved by the Department of Defense and two Fairchild C-123K Providers (#54-691 and #54-698) were modified...
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This film profiles the Fairchild F-27 propjet, a version of the Fokker F27 Friendship twin-engined turboprop passenger aircraft manufactured under license by Fairchild Hiller in the United States. The Fairchild F-27 was similar to the standard Fokker F27.   Television star and celebrity pilot Arthur Godfrey makes an appearance in the film, which also features test aircraft with the "Experimental" designation on the fuselage. The film likely dates to 1958-5 and shows the company...
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Created by Fairchild Hiller to sell the Turbo Porter aircraft, this industrial film gives a great overview of the plane and shows it in various roles including as a military platform. The Pilatus PC-6 Porter is a single-engined Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) utility aircraft designed by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. First flown in 1959, the PC-6 continues in production at Pilatus Flugzeugwerke in Stans, Switzerland. It has been built in both piston engine and turboprop powered versions...
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This silent film was made for the German home market in 1942 by Degeto. It shows the fall of Tobruk, also known as the Battle of Gazala, on June 21, 1942.   At :34 an animated situation map shows the general plan of attack. At :51 Erwin Rommel is shown planning with staff and at 1:03 German artillery blasts British positions. At 1:15, June 20, 1942, Panzers make an early morning move against British positions. At 1:40 artillery piece is pulled into action by halftracks and troops advance while...
Topics: Germanny, German Army, 1942, Afrika Korps, Gazala, Stock Footage
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"Created by the F.C.D.A. in 1956, New Family in Town draws on the European experience of the Second World War in a unique way. The quiet life of working class Pleasant Valley is interrupted by the arrival of new neighbors. Recently immigrated from England, the Trombley family causes a stir of interest when the patriarch begins digging a large hole in his backyard. When the rest of community realizes Mr. Trombley is constructing an air raid shelter, they too embrace the spirit of civil...
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One of the most important films about nursing made in the 20th Century, "Mrs. Reynolds Needs a Nurse" was written in 1963 by Dolores Little, MN, RN, a nursing supervisor at the University of Washington Hospital, Seattle who had just completed her master's degree. The film documented a case study of an elderly lady who was transferred to the university hospital in multisystem failure, accompanied by her husband and multiple suitcases of her belongings. Mrs Reynolds was a needy and...
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This U.S. Navy Film Launch 'Em was filmed by pilots aboard the USS Hancock in 1956. The film was made while the carrier cruised home from her Far East deployment, apparently with the unofficial blessing of the Eisenhower administration. A legendary film among Naval Aviators, it disappeared from view in the very early 1960s, as it became politically incorrect and taboo. Pilots are fighting in the ready room. Flight deck crewmen starting jet engines with cigarette lighters. These and other...
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