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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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Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation. This portion is Reel 1. This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs...
Topics: Nazi Germany, Germany, Adolf Hitler, World War II, Brandenburg Gate, Documentary
Dating to 1945, this restricted WWII training film was produced by the War Department. It features animation that was likely done by the Warner Bros. studios with voices by Mel Blanc. The film looks at the sophisticated remote control turret system and firing computer used on board the aircraft. The analog computers in the B-29 central fire control system made corrections in three main areas to accurately aim the aircraft’s guns: ballistics, lead, and parallax. The B-29 was the first...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made in the 1970s in the wake of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, "Gate To Paradise" was presented by the Jewish National Fund. The film is a short that shows the Jewish settlement and development of the captured Golan Heights. An Israeli man drives a tractor while smoking a cigarette. Views from the upper Golan Heights show the new settlements and agriculture fields. Tourists stand on a former Syrian bunker in the Golan. Fishermen prep nets on Lake Kinneret, also known as the Sea of...
Topics: 1970, Jewish Settlement, Golan Heights, Arab Israeli War, Stock Footage
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One of a series of "Screen Traveler" films created by Andre De La Varre, this film focuses on Budapest, Hungary. Copyright 1938. Opening titles: "Gay and Beautiful Budapest" (:06-:43). Aerial shots of Budapest, the national capital of Hungary, a landlocked country in Central Europe. The city is located at the River Danube. Elisabeth Bridge (:44-2:09). Longest suspension bridge when it was originally built, the Elisabeth Bridge. The Elisabeth Bridge is the third newest bridge...
Topics: Gay, Budapest, 1968, Screen Traveler, Travelogue, Hungarym, Dunube River, Stock Footage, Periscope...
Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation.    This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs were created with...
Topics: Nazi Germany, World War II, Adolf Hitler, Documentary
This silent historic newsreel begins with the arrival of prominent Nazis at Tempelhof Airport in honor of a national holiday.  The exact date and event we're not sure -- so if you know please leave information in the comments.  Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels is one of the welcoming committee at the airport.  The scene then moves to a massive stadium, possibly the Berlin Olympic stadium, where a spectacular celebration and rally is undertaken.  A large dirigible -- possibly the zeppelin...
Topics: Berlin Tempelholf, Berlin, Airport, Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Goring, Adolf hitler, Newsreel, Nazi...
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Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933. As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation. This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs were created with the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Glimpses of Colorful Portugal is a travelogue film (likely from the 1950s) narrated by Peter Allen and gives viewers a brief tour of the country. The film opens with a shot of a beach on the rocky Iberian Peninsula coast. People depart a passenger plane at the international airport in Lisbon (00:50). Highlights of the capital city include the Praca Do Comercio and the narrow streets of the Alfama district. There is a good shot of the harbor at the estuary of Tagus River (01:23). Fish wives sell...
Topics: Glimpses Of Colorful Portugal, 1950s, Portugal, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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1973 US ARMY WAR OFFICE FILM “ANTI-PREJUDICE” This narrative film depicts equal opportunity in the workplace. It follows a man as he debates the idea and while believing he is upholding this ideal in the work place is in fact not and is still judging his potential and current employees with prejudice. Throughout the film are intermittent dream like sequences of a group of people debating his actions and motivations. It opens with a montage of people blaming various races for incidents and...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation.    This portion, Reel 2, shows the burning of the Reichstag Building.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topics: Nazism, Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Reichstag, Adolf Hitler, Berlin Tempelholf Airport,...
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"Goals! Goals! Goals! Sixty-five minutes of non-stop action with 101 Great Goals from BBC Sports coverage of English International, FA Cup, Football League and League Cup matches between 1969 and 1987." -- description from box.
Topics: vhs, football, soccer, sports
Source: VHS Panasonic AG-1980>Panasonic DMR-E30>CDR via OSX
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This silent and rather amazing home movie dates to 1929. Entitled "California or Bust", it was shot by a member of the Georgia Tech football team or one of its boosters to document the team's trip to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl. This was the first appearance for Georgia Tech in a post season bowl game. They had run through their regular season schedule. This included a 13–0 win over Notre Dame and a 20–6 win over Georgia in the Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate rivalry game. They were...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Dating to 1936, this fascinating 16mm silent home movie shows a convention of fire fighters meeting up to practice their techniques, and compete against one another. The film begins with a massive assembly complete with Nazi era flags, before getting to a series of contests that include moving fire fighting apparatus, placing hoses, moving dummies while wearing gas masks, etc. The film ends with a huge parade through city streets, complete with a Nazi salute by a person who might be Hitler but...
Topics: 1936, German Home Movies, Fire Fighter, Parade, Rally, Contest, Stock Footage
Created in the 1930s, this German newsreel shows the "expansion of Germany" under Adolf Hitler including the seizure of the Sudentenland.  German troops are shown being welcomed into the area, along with Hitler himself who arrives in a large open car to a hero's welcome.    Also shown is Mahren also known as Moravia.  Following the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, Moravia became part of Czechoslovakia. As one of the five lands of Czechoslovakia, it had restricted...
Topics: Adolf Hitler, World war II, Kreigsmarine, Sudetenland, Moravia, Nazi Germany, World War II,...
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This historic German film "Schlachtschiff in Fahrt" (literally -- "battleship cruise" or "battleships on patrol") shows the cruise of the German warships Gneisenau and Blucher in the North Atlantic in 1939 and 1940. It includes (at 8:15) a simulated attack by enemy aircraft. These two new ships were to be part of what Adolph Hitler hoped would be a new German Navy or Kriegsmarine that would challenge Britain's mastery of the sea.   The cruiser Blucher would be...
Topics: German Battlecruisers, German Film, Kriegsmarine, North Atlantic Cruises
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Made for the home market during WWII, this silent German newsreel shows the signing of the Steel Pact and the role of German troops in Finland as part of the Finnish-Russian War.   The film starts with images of the signing of the Pact of Steel on 22nd of May, 1939. The Pact of Steel known formally as the Pact of Friendship and Alliance between Germany and Italy, was a military and political alliance between Italy and Germany. The pact was initially drafted as a tripartite military alliance...
Topics: German Film, Germany, Steel Pact, Condor, 1939
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This silent film, a home movie from 1940, is titled "A March Took Place at Nordwall". It's unclear precisely where this was shot but possibly Nordweil, near the German border with France. The parade appears to be a victory parade, most likely celebrating the defeat of the French in late June of 1940. We don't know who is shown in the film but it appears that there are officers of importance or general staff shown at the 5:49 mark and following. (If you know who they are, please note...
Topics: 1940s, German Army, Victory Parade, Nordwall, Defeat Of France, Stock Footage
Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this film shows the German assault on Antwerp Belgium. It opens with aerial shots of the city with an oil refinery on fire (:39). At :46 a fort is shown from the air with a moat around it. At 1:00 German troops advance towards Antwerp. At 1:16 a Belgian tank burns by the roadside. At 1:39 German artillery bombards the city from the docks while at 1:54 German troops invade in small boats, on bicycles and motorcycles. At 2:00 the Texaco oil...
Topic: Stock Footage
Made in 1941 and sold to the home market in Germany on 16mm film, this silent newsreel — one of a series extracted from newsreels shown in theaters -- is entitled "Europe's fight against Bolshevism Part II: A continent marching." The film shows the German drive on Minsk in the Soviet Union, a high point in the war on the Eastern Front for the German Army and a moment when the Soviets appeared on the brink of collapse. The film begins with images from previous German victories in...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII by Degeto, this silent newsreel shows the start of the Battle of Stalingrad in the summer of 1942. At :38 a tactical map shows the German army's advance from Rostov and the Caucuses towards the Don River and Stalingrad and Kalach. At :42, German artillery bombards Soviet positions. At 1:40 German officers use binoculars to spot the effect of the barrage. At 1:57 Soviet tanks are shown on fire on the outskirts of the city. At 2:15 a German armored...
Topics: 1942, German Newsreel, Battle Of Stalingrad, Barbarossa, Eastern Front, Stock Footage
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This silent film footage is from the gun cameras of German fighter planes intercepting Allied aircraft including B-17s in the skies of Europe. The films were shot using recording 16mm cameras in the wings of the aircraft, and used to both verify kills and probables, as well as examine tactics used in combat.   The title card at :19 roughly translates as "Original footage of the defense of the Reich by hunter killer squadrons operating against bomber groups."   Each entry shows the...
Topics: 1944, German Gun Camera, WWII, World War II, Air Raids, Stock Footage
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This silent film footage is from the gun cameras of German fighter planes intercepting Allied aircraft including B-17s in the skies of Europe. The films were shot using recording 16mm cameras in the wings of the aircraft, and used to both verify kills and probables, as well as examine tactics used in combat.   The title card at :19 roughly translates as "Original footage of the defense of the Reich by hunter killer squadrons operating against bomber groups."   Each entry shows the...
Topics: 1944, B-17 German Gun Camera, WWII, Air Raids, Stock Footage
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Produced for General Electric by Wilding, THE POWER BY WHICH WE LIVE was released in 1950.  The film tells the story of the electric power grid and power generation.  The company catalog stated that is shows "the source of the power which operates the appliances in our home, the lights we see by, the machines we work with. Somewhere in each locality giant turbines make this supply of electricity possible. These huge machines are built with the precision of a high-quality watch and...
Topics: power, Generations, 1950s, General Electric, Stock footage
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America For Me is a color travelogue film promoting Greyhound Lines, Inc. It was produced by Jerry Fairbanks Productions in 1953, and written by Les Adams. Cast members for the movie are Ellen Drew (American film actress), John Archer (American actor), Meg Randall (American film actress), and Robert Nichols (American actor). This film was directed by Albert H. Kelley, the  last film he directed. In the film, a vacationing school teacher and her friend take a tour of America on a Greyhound Bus...
Topic: Stock Footage
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The Gaines Dog Research Center presents Training You To Train Your Dog, a short training film based off of the book by Blanche Saunders. The film shows viewers how to effectively house train, punish, feed, and groom a dog. The film opens with a black standard poodle barking at the camera. The film then shows livestock, including horses, cattle, and pigs. A man rides a horse-drawn plow. A Doberman pincher walks with a U.S. MP (01:58) at a military base. Women work at the office of the American...
Topics: 1954, GainesDog Research Center, Kennel Club, Blanchie Sunders, Train, Dog, Stock Footage
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This color promotional film "Camp Time, Any Time!" was made by the Girl Scouts of America in 1959. It was shot by Leonard Stark, produced by Carol Hale, and directed by Sidney Meyers. The film shows typical activities at a Girl Scout Camp including canoeing, hiking, art and more. The film emphasizes the importance of city kids, who are raised in the hustle and bustle, getting a chance to explore nature. The actual camp site shown in the film is not identified but it appears to be...
Topics: 1959, Girl Scout Camp, Promo Film. Camp Time, Summer Camp, Stock Footage
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THOUGH THE EARTH BE MOVED tells the story of the 1964 Alaskan earthquake, also known as the Great Alaskan earthquake and Good Friday earthquake, that occurred at 5:36 P.M. AST on Good Friday, March 27. Across south-central Alaska, ground fissures, collapsing structures, and tsunamis resulting from the earthquake caused about 139 deaths. The film primarily chronicles the first 72 hours after the 1964 Alaska Earthquake and the response to the disaster by the United States Office of Civil Defense,...
Topics: High Definition, Stock Footage
This 1965 promotional film "The Treasure of Lucaya" promotes development in Lucaya,  Grand Bahamas. The film's storyline is about a reporter sent to cover a story about Spanish treasure found off the coast of Lucaya. While on the island the reporter, Mark Stevens, finds love and chooses to return to live there. The film opens with the newspaper’s editor and his peer named Bill discussing Mark (:37). Mark initially didn’t believe in the treasure and is seen collecting paperwork in...
Topic: Stock Footage
This is a group of films from 1974 made by GM. The first film is a color movie about the Chevrolet Safety Belt System. The film opens with an image of the capitol building in Washington. GM presents, the 1974 Safety Belt System. The film also has shots of the Capitol Building, and Washington Monument. Blonde woman gets into her car, 1:25. Woman buckles her seatbelt, 1:44. Man and woman enter car and learn to use their seatbelts, 2:30. Passenger buckles his seatbelt, 2:55. The seatbelt is...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film.  In this film,  the Battle of The Atlantic is seen from the German perspective as Kreigsmarine U-boats converge for a wolfpack patrol, hunting Allied merchant ships.
Topics: High Definition, Stock Footage
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In this U.S. Air Force training film (TF-6164b) from 1968, viewers learn about the ejection, recovery, and landing of the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark Crew Module Escape System, an “escape crew capsule system that allows one or more occupants of an aircraft or spacecraft to escape from the craft while it is subjected to extreme conditions, such as high speed or altitude.” The film opens with a shot of a test F-111 Crew Module taking off and the crew escape capsule parachuting to the...
Topics: General Dynamics, F-111 Aardvark, Module Escape System, Ejection System, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This short training film (TF-6746) covers the use of Terrain Following Radar (TFR) on a General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark. The film opens with a pilot flying an F-111 near some hills at a low elevation. The plane clears a hill, maintaining a relatively constant altitude over the earth. This is done using Terrain-Following Radar (TFR). The film shows the instrument panel of the TFR system (02:28). A shot from the cockpit shows an automated guiding image that helps the pilot with flight navigation....
Topics: General Dynamics, F-111 Weapon System, Terrain Following Radar, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Dating to the 1970s, this silent film shows a crash test performed by General Motors during early tests of air bags. This particular test is for a front impact at an angle, and various views show the collision and resultant deployment. In the 1970s, General Motors marketed its first airbag modules under the unwieldy name "Air Cushion Restraint System (ACRS)".  G.M.'s history with airbags dates back to the 1972 model year, when the Chevrolet Division built 1,000 1973 Chevrolet Caprice...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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G4's Attack of the Shorts (2010) NTSC DVD9
Shaping San Francisco
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Raw footage of 1976 San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade on Polk Street. The Gay Latino Alliance (GALA) contingent passes through at a certain point. Original footage courtesy Oddball films ( https://www.oddballfilms.com/clip/90003_42756_02)
Topics: Gay, Lesbian, Freedom Day Parade, 1970s, 1976, Polk Street, Polk Gulch
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Dating to the 1950s, this silent film documents an open gall bladder surgery or open cholecystectomy to remove the gallbladder and gallstones. The film shows most of the procedure but is missing the beginning portion. It begins with the neck of the gall bladder being gripped by a hemostat and the peritoneum dissection. It's unknown who performed the operation or where it took place.  Gallbladder removal surgery, also known as a cholecystectomy, is a very common procedure. The gallbladder is a...
Topic: Stock footage
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This silent film shows an operation for a duodenal ulcer. The operation shown here was conducted by Dr. G. Arnold Stevens of Beverly Hills, who was a pioneer in this type of surgery and published several articles about it in the 1950s. Stevens was on the faculty of the University of California in that era. A duodenal ulcer is a peptic ulcer that develops in the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). For patients suffering from stomach cancer or other problems like ulcers and bleeding,...
Topics: Gastric Restrictions, Surgery, Doctor, DR, 1950s, Duodenal Ulcer, 1940s, Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1920s, this silent travelogue film gives a brief look at Monte Carlo and the Principality of Monaco, including the St. Devote Church ( 1:00 ), Hanging Gardens ( 1:30 ), Monaco Cathedral ( 2:25 ), Oceanographic Museum ( 2:30 ), Cafe de Paris ( 2:45 ), and of course the Casino ( 3:00 ). Monte Carlo officially refers to an administrative area of the Principality of Monaco, specifically the ward of Monte Carlo/Spélugues, where the Monte Carlo Casino is located. Informally the name...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This silent home movies date from WWII and the immediate post-WWII era, and show the Gato submarines USS Croaker and USS Tunny operating off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and in the Pacific.    The USS Sterlet, SS-392 is also seen around the 1:30 mark in a GUPPY conversion configuration.  Footage includes at 2:00, Croaker returning from combat patrol and tying up dockside at Pearl Harbor, with full crew on deck.  At the 3:15 mark forward is a segment that appears to show transfer of crew from one...
Topic: Stock Footage
This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie presented by Columbia Pictures. It features commentary by Bill Stern, photography by Jack Etra and has music by Jack Shaindlin, Jose Pierri, Sapere, and Gerardo Grasso. It is called, Gauchos Down Uruguay Way. It was produced and Directed by Harry Foster. The movie opens with a gaucho atop a burro, :25. Sheep in a large her on the open grassland. Uruguayan cows are shown, 1:00. Horses cross a river, 1:05. Rancho San Pedro, 1:38. The artist Enrique...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This is a 1965 era animated film is presented by NASA and shows the   plan for the GEMINI VI Rendezvous and Docking Mission. The movie opens with 2 rockets side by side; the Atlas Agena will launch from pad 14 and Gemini VI will launch from pad 19, 00:35. Animation of launch sequence plays, 00:45. Agena vehicle is animated to highlight a docking module, 1:30. Agena is shown in a transponder animation, 1:38. Agena is shown in a circular orbit animation of 185 statute miles, 1:59. Gemini orbit...
Topics: Gemini VI, NASA, 1960, Docking, Mission Overview
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This 1954 black-and-white biography is about General George S. Patton, The Fighting Man. It was produced as a Movietone General Telecasting Production in The Greatest Drama series and announced by radio actor Raymond Edward Johnson. The dedication ceremony for the statue of Patton is shown at West Point as cadets stand at attention. Cadets march on the West Point grounds (:30-1:28). 1915, Patton participates in the large horseback chase of Pancho Villa across the Mexico border (1:29-1:37)....
Topic: Stock Footage
This historic, silent newsreel was made for the home market (a sound version would have been shown in theaters) shows the victory tour of Allied Supreme Commander Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in the aftermath of V-E Day, May 8, 1945. Ike made a series of triumphant visits to London (57 seconds), Paris ( 1:50 ), Washington, D.C.( 2:27 ) where he was re-united with his wife Mamie, New York ( 4:00 ) including Yankee Stadium ( 6:27 ), West Point ( 6:50 ), Kansas City ( 7:44 ) and finally ( 8:58 ) on...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This late 1960s/early 1970s color training film (TF-6748) about the F-111 weapon system and F-111A attack radar mission profile was produced by the United States Air Force. Colorful graphics uncover the many knobs and controls on the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark supersonic medium-range interdictor and tactical strike aircraft’s instrument panel (:25-:55). A pilot and instructor sit in the cockpit of an F-111 for attack radar scope training. A gloved hand turns a knob for the antennae....
Topic: Stock Footage
This is a 1960’s era, color film about the strides that General Dynamics is making in the design and production of various military weapons, aircraft, vehicles and technology around the world. 3 Seamen board the Navy ship, Vanguard. The ship is packed with telemetry systems and equipment. The ship is seen at sea. Her mission is to rendezvous with the spacecraft housing the first manned flight to the moon. She will track the location and progress of the Apollo spaceship from her station in the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made by General Electric just after WWII and directed by Ray Culley, "The World's Largest Electrical Workshop" examines G.E.'s research and manufacturing facilities including at Bridgeport and Providence, where electrical generation and distribution equipment is manufactured, and where new technologies including better lighting, advancements in radio and television, and a myriad of other electronic and electric devices are developed.  As the narrator says: The march is on, the steady...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This 1944 black and white film, “Chet Lang Reports,” was to persuade internal GE sales reps that the company was dedicated to the war effort. The film begins with Lang, GE Sales Manager and Chairman of the Wartime Committee. A clip of a letter includes that GE “single handedly saved the country” in WWII ( 2:08 - 2:45 ). An illustration shows the progression of 1940s sales growth to taxes and profits ( 4:25 - 5:34 ). YALE electric forklifts load pallets into train cars ( 5:49 - 5:56 ). A...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This silent, raw footage from September, 1945 was shot by an unknown U.S. serviceman. It shows General Douglas MacArthur on his first day in Japan, touring the battle damaged city of Tokyo. At :29, you will see Mac in a touring car, switching to a larger vehicle. At :47, General MacArthur is seen making a triumphant speech as the Stars and Stripes again fly over the U.S. Embassy. Troops stand in review. In addition to General MacArthur, Maj. Gen. Wm. C. Chase, and Admiral Wm. F. Halsey and Lt....
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Made by General Mills and their Larro brand feed, "Let's Talk Turkey" promotes the industry of raising turkeys on the farm. The film features a visit to the Larro Research Farm, which apparently was located in Michigan. The film focuses on the science, technique, and profitability of raising turkeys which in this era, was a business conducted by thousands of family farmers across the nation. This is a story about turkey, their feeding, breeding and marketing. This is the way it goes n...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
NOTE: We could use some help identifying the types of cars used in these tests. Please if you know the models leave information in the comments below thanks! This film shows highlights of high speed car crash tests made in the late 1970s using crash test dummies, which include early versions of air bags. Although it's not well known, in the early 1970s both Ford and General Motors began offering cars equipped with airbags, initially in government fleet purchased Chevrolet automobiles. GM's...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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First made in 1937 by General Motors and then repackaged for the WWII war effort, DIESEL THE MODERN POWER tells the story of the development and principles of the diesel engine. The film uses live action and animation to show how the diesel engine works, and live action footage of Sherman tanks, streamlined locomotives, switching engines, ships, and more. The film begins with an historical overview that includes a brief lesson on how to make fire, including two stones, rubbing pieces of wood,...
Topics: General Motors, Diesel, Modern Power Diesel, Locomotives, Burlington Zephyr, Stock Footage
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“Patton and the Third Army” is an episode of the documentary series “The Twentieth Century” originally airing March 20, 1960. Hosted by revered newsman Walter Cronkite, the program looks at “Old Blood and Guts” — US Army General George S. Patton — who is first seen at mark  00:30  in full dress uniform addressing an assembled crowd. That is followed by archival footage from World War II and scenes of Patton (mark  02:10 ) from November 1942 as he leads his Third Army into...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Made in 1932 in honor of the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth, this silent film is one of a series that chronicles the life and times of the great general and president. The film was released by Eastman Classroom Films and shown in schos around the United States. Some scenes from the film were apparently created specifically for this film, others such as Washington crossing the Delaware River were drawn from feature films made in that era.  In this episode "Conquering the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made in 1932 in honor of the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth, this silent film is one of a series that chronicles the life and times of the great general and president. The film was released by Eastman Classroom Films and shown in schools around the United States. Some scenes from the film were apparently created specifically for this film, others such as Washington crossing the Delaware River were drawn from feature films made in that era. In this episode "Conquering the...
Topics: George Washington, Conquering, Wilderness, Silent Film, Stock Footage
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Made in 1932 in honor of the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth, this silent film is one of a series that chronicles the life and times of the great general and president. The film was released by Eastman Classroom Films and shown in schos around the United States. Some scenes from the film were apparently created specifically for this film, others such as Washington crossing the Delaware River were drawn from feature films made in that era.   In this episode "Uniting the...
Topics: Washington, Brtish Military, French, 1932, George Washington, Stock Footage
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. Dornier bombers, and Blohm und Voss Bv-138 flying boats raid Allied shipping, and German U-boats are seen conducting wolfpack raids on convoys attempting to run the German blockade of Murmansk. Includes bomb attack by Ju-88 aircraft.
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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These silent home movies date to 1947 or so, and were shot by a member of a German American club at an annual "German Day" ceremony held every September in Hindenburg Park in La Crescenta, California. Apparently at the time the get-together was part of the post-WWII relief effort, in which these immigrant groups attempted to raise money for war-torn Germany. "Hindenburg Park" has a controversial history. Prior to WWII, the western side of Crescenta Valley Park (then known as...
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Created for the home market in Germany in 1942, this silent newsreel "Storm on Rostov" shows the actions that occurred around Rostov-On-Don in the summer of 1942.  The film shows German halftracks and Panzer tanks on the road to Rostov, with German infantry hitching rides on tanks at 1:00. At 1:11 motorcycles lead the way into battle. At 1:36 an artillery piece is pushed down a road by soldiers. At 1:59 a boat ferries troops across the Don. At 2:20 an artillery piece is revealed as...
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This silent German propaganda newsreel shows the collapse of Polish defenses near Warsaw, and the bombardment of the city from the air and by artillery, that resulted in the encirclement and surrender of the Polish Army. The film is notable in that it seems to relish in the brutality of the assault. Adolf Hitler also makes an appearance in the footage, surveying the utter devastation of the Polish capital. The Battle of Warsaw in 1939 was fought between the Polish Warsaw Army (Armia Warszawa)...
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent newsreel shows Wehrmacht activities in the Balkans. In particular the film shows operations in Yugoslavia and Belgrade. At :34 a situational map shows German and allied forces' plan of attack. At :42 German troops move through heavy mud while at :49 artillery strikes enemy positions. At 1:03 a sign points the way towards Belgrade. At 1:07 severed bridges block the way while at 1:19 aerial footage shows destroyed historic buildings and...
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This rare German silent educational film, released during the 1930s by Hitler's Third Reich, shows the World War I career of Field Marshall von Hindenburg as well as the elaborate funeral (presided over by Hitler) following his death in 1934.  The production of the film likely served two purposes for the Nazi state, in that #1 it celebrated the nation's military past and #2 it lionized the very person who aided Hitler in his 1933 consolidation of power known as the Machtergreifung. Paul Ludwig...
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Filmed in Dresden, Germany in the 1930s, this educational film was intended to show children the importance of saving money -- in this case to buy a bicycle.  The film has some interesting images of Dresden prior to WWII, and has images of children in the uniforms of the Hitler Youth. The Hitler Youth was the youth organization of the Nazi Party in Germany. Its origins dated back to 1922. From 1933 until 1945, it was the sole official youth organization in Germany and was partially a...
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This silent, German 16mm film shows the operation of a large dairy farm as it existed in the late 1930s or early 1940s. The film shows the arrival of cows via train, after which they are inspected and placed in a barn and, at  9:20 , milked.  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00...
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Dating to the 1930s, this silent 16mm film from Germany shows the surface mining of coal using large continuous bucket wheel dredges (:38) or Riesenschaufelradbagger (coal mining machines). At 2;20, the buckets are seen up close scraping the earth continuously off the side of the mine site. At 3:23 the raw material enters a series of conveyer belts where it is moved at high speed and then placed in a large heap at 4:30 . At 9:29 , ore cars loaded with coal are moved to a processing facility and...
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This historic Castle Film newsreel shows the start of WWII with the German invasion of Austria and the surrender of the Austrian government.  The film also shows the Nazi aggression against Czechoslovakia, and Neville Chamberlain's efforts to appease Hitler and keep the peace in Europe.  At the 8 minute mark, American Secretary of State Cordell Hull is seen making comments about the situation in Europe might affect the United States of America which was neutral at the time. The Anschluss was...
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This 1930s German educational silent film shows the work of the firefighting brigade, rescuing an individual trapped by a house fire and extinguishing the flames.  While the movie is obviously staged it nevertheless has an immediate, and very real feel.  All of the apparatus featured was clearly authentic and the techniques shown, real ones.   We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something...
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Intended to train German fighter pilots, this silent WWII gun camera film shows Luftwaffe kills of Allied bomber aircraft. Almost all German and Allied fighters carried 16mm cameras to record and verify kills, and help improve overall tactics. They were often processed in the field and screened within a short time, both by intelligence officers and by air crews. The "flashes" in the footage indicate the use of tracer ammunition. The film starts with a card at (:08) that says...
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the...
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This “restricted” United States War Department Film Bulletin provides the viewer with footage of the German Army’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. Historians mark the invasion as the start of World War II. “Poland’s 34 million inhabitants, crushed, scattered and enslaved,” the narrator grimly states at mark  00:35 . The attack was characterized by extensive bombing to destroy Poland’s air capacity, railroads, communication lines, and munitions dumps. As the narrator...
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Released by the U.S. Government and the U.S. Navy's Industrial Incentive Division, this WWII film reproduces a German newsreel "Fernbomber uber dem Atlantik" which showed dramatic images of the German Luftwaffe attacking an Allied convoy at sea. The point of the film (from an American perspective) was to inspire war workers to build more ships and supplies to "carry the fight to the enemy". At  10:00 , images are seen of ship building and the launching of multiple Liberty...
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Although heavily damaged, this silent 16mm home movie has historical value. It was brought home by an American G.I. after WWII, and shows the activities of a German Luftwaffe staff officer in Occupied France in 1941. The film starts with shots of a staff car and various officers conferring. At 1:05 a roadside points the way to Rouen. At 1:20 Rouen Cathedral is shown. At 2:10 a soldier poses for the camera. At 2:13 a large contingent of Germans lines the road and a group shoulders their rifles...
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Dating to 1944-45, these silent films contain a record of Luftwaffe pilot kills over Europe. These kind of "gun camera" films were used both to document and verify kills and probables, but also to assess the techniques used in the dogfights. The film contains various encounters beginning with an attack by an Fw-190 on a Lagg 5, or Lavochkin La-5 This was one of the Soviet Air Force's most capable types of warplane, able to fight German designs on an equal footing. In this case however...
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Made for the home market, this silent, German propaganda newsreel from the fascist era shows events of the National Labour Day of 1933 30th of April and 1st of May 1933 – showing a speech of von Schirach at a Walpurgis Night Hitler Youth Rally, the works of preparing the Tempelhof expo grounds for a meeting, which will later be a scene of mass book burning. Seen are Hitler, Goebbels, Werner von Blomberg, Paul von Hindenburg. 0:12 Card:  "Since the Reichstag building was burned by the...
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Made for the home market during WWII by Degeto, this short, silent film shows the German Army advancing on Armawir and Stavropol in the Russian Caucuses (Stavropol aka Woroschilowsk ). At :34 a map shows the lines below Stalingrad and east of the Black Sea, with German forces moving from Rostov-on=Don. At :47 artillery blasts Soviet positions and a T-38 tank is shown burning at 1:01. At 1:04 Panzers move across the plains in the summer heat. At 1:20 large fires are shown on the outskirts of...
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Created in the 1930s, this German newsreel shows the "expansion of Germany" under Adolf Hitler including the seizure of the Sudentenland. German troops are shown being welcomed into the area, along with Hitler himself who arrives in a large open car to a hero's welcome. Also shown is Mahren also known as Moravia. Following the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, Moravia became part of Czechoslovakia. As one of the five lands of Czechoslovakia, it had restricted autonomy....
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