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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 "Had You Lived Then ... America Around 1800". It presents an authentic reenactment of the daily life of a family in the early 19th century. Copyright 1969.  Opening titles: America Around 1800 (:07-:23). A horse and buggy. Painting of Philadelphia around 1800. A small town with farmers. Different areas of the city. A country house. The Wilson Family lived in this six room home adjoining a farm. The bedrooms are shown (:24-1:53). The Wilson parents...
Topic: Stock Footage
Harbor Pilot is a short film from 1967 that gives viewers a brief look at what a harbor pilot is and does. The film opens with footage of a sailboat sailing at sea, followed by a shot of a rocky coastline (01:10) and then an aerial view of a modern harbor — the Port of Los Angeles. A large freight ship, SS Gemstone, is out at sea. A harbor pilot stands on land at the Port of Los Angeles, looking out over the harbor. He walks into the pilot station at the entrance to the harbor to check the...
Topic: Stock Footage
EB Films presents Hawaiian Native Life. Produced by encyclopedia Britannica films, Inc. in collaboration with Margaret Mead, PhD. Assistant Curator in Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, New York City. This black and white film produced in 1940 is about native life on the islands of Hawaii. This black and white, 1930’s era film is about local life in the Hawaiian Islands. The film is narrated. Our The movie opens with an aerial view of a fake globe - as it spins the camera zooms...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Here are two shorts from WWII: Hollywood Canteen, and Private Snafu in "The Chow Hound". In 1942, Hollywood legends John Garfield, Bette Davis and Jules C. Stein opened the Hollywood Canteen. Located at 1451 Cahuenga Blvd. in Los Angeles, the club offered food, dancing and entertainment for servicemen, usually on their way overseas. The canteen was open to USA servicemen and women, as well as members of the military from allied countries. A serviceperson's ticket for admission was his...
Topics: Hollywood Canteen, Private SNAFU, Chowhound, WWII, Cartoon, John Garfield, Bette Davis, Jules C....
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This black & white home movie was made in Morocco in 1933. Featured is the city of Marrakesh, a former imperial city in western Morocco, a major economic center and home to mosques, palaces and gardens. A symbol of the city, and visible for miles, is the Moorish minaret of 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque. Opening: outside of a building (:08). Near a pool (:52). People of Morocco, some wear turbans (1:13). Men and women walk around, wear heavy robes and turbans (1:49). A camel stands amongst...
Topic: Stock Footage
Here's a film everyone should watch!  "Handwashing in Patient Care" is a 1962 U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare movie that was intended to instruct nurses and physicians about how to "scrub up." In the era of Covid19, the simple protocols described in this 58-year-old film are still relevant.  We recently rescued this obscure film from destruction -- something we've done with thousands of 8mm, 16mm, 35mm motion pictures over the years.  We encourage viewers...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Written by Clint Comerford and directed by Austin Green, and with a score by John Bath, this Southern Arizona travelogue "Hank Goes Fishing" features venerable character actor Lindsay Workman, Richard Reeves and Tom Myers. The film takes viewers on an eccentric Model T Ford tour of Southern Arizona including Tucson. At 1:46 is the San Xavier Mission and a painted burro (3:17) set up for photography. Parts of the Tohono-Odham (aka Papago ) reservation are also shown. At 4:24 are shots...
Topics: Hank Goes Fishing, 1960s, Arizona, Travelogue, Tucson, Tombstone, Nogales, Stock Footage
This 1960s color travelogue about Hawaii is a long advertisement for sponsor Matson Hotels and Northwest Orient Airlines. Waikiki Beach is panned. The Northwest Airlines Boeing 707 lands. Well-dressed passengers are greeted by Hula dancers. Each passenger receives a lei and a kiss (:57-2:00). Catamarans are beached outside the Moana Hotel. A woman enters her room. The porter is tipped. A waiter brings a pineapple to the room. She walks on the beach in her 1960s two-piece bathing suit...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This black & white film promotes financial relief for the people of South Korea, who are in desperate need of assistance due to the outbreak of the Korean War. In particular, the film emphasis the need to donate to help displaced civilians, refugees and orphaned children of that war ravaged country. The film offers a personal appeal by President Dwight Eisenhower. Copyright 1954. Opening titles: Helping Koreans To Help Themselves (:07-:46). Artillery is fired, explosions abound. Troops on...
Topics: 1954, Korean War, Relief Campaign, South Korea, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Heritage of the Hornet is a short 1970s film from McDonnell Douglas that looks at the heritage of the McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornet—a heritage that is a history of naval ships, starting with the first Hornet in 1775 up through the eighth Hornet, which was decommissioned in 1970. The film opens with shots of the ocean, waves rolling in and hitting against rocks, and U.S. Navy ships at sea. A plane takes off from an aircraft carrier (01:22). Marines march in full uniform. An aerial view shows a...
Topics: Heritage, USS Hornet, 1970, WWII, World War II, F-18 Hornet, Stock Footage
Home from the Sea is a short U.S. Navy film that shows several of the famous U.S. warships—the USS Constitution, Niagara, Kairo, Olympia, Texas, North Carolina, Missouri, and Arizona—and where they rest today. The film opens with shots of wrecked ships. An illustration shows the warship Constitution, the ship’s captains Edward Preble, Isaac Hull, and William Bainbridge. There are illustrations of the ship in combat, and old photographs show the ship as it is being restored. Footage shows...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1960s era, color movie presented by Shell is designed to demonstrate how airplanes fly with specific attention paid to wing design and lift ratios for air pressure and speed. The film is narrated. The movie opens with a bird flying overhead. It is Larus argentatus or the Herring Gull. A Boeing 747 soars over the water. How an airplane flies, a Shell film. Part one, Weight and Lift. A small plane taxis to the runway 1:24. A Cessna 150 Aerobat with a wingspan of 32 ½ feet. The Cessna lifts...
Topic: Stock Footage
Made by Eastman Kodak, this short educational film explains how film is manufactured. (Unfortunately our print is incomplete.)  The film begins with animation of a roll of 127 film with the familiar yellow Kodak protective coating. Animation shows the layers of the film including the gelatine overcoating, silver emulsion, base and backing. At 2:01, cotton fiber is processed to form the cellulose ester base. At 2:18 a dope, or liquid film base, moves through a series of mixers. Finally it moves...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1930s short film, narrated by 1930s USC and UCLA football announcer Ken Carpenter, gives audiences a brief look at defensive formations and offensive plays. The film opens with a few scenes of football, including a punt, a reserve play, and players huddling on the field. The film shows a five-man line for a defensive formation (01:03), then it shows a 6-2-2-1 defense. A defensive end rushes in and tackles the ball carrier. A safety plays too close to the line of scrimmage and misses the...
Topic: Stock Footage
This black & white educational/promotional film is a look at the gangster films of the 1930s. From Cagney to Robinson, a montage of clips along with newsreel footage of real life criminals Al Capone and John Dillinger. This is from 1961 or 1963, research shows both dates.  Opening titles: "How To Succeed As A Gangster"  (:07-:12). Barrels of liquor and beer are smashed and opened, it is Prohibition. Liquor goes down the sewer. Couples dance. People drink alcohol. Policemen...
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Captured German WWII film of motor torpedo and patrol boats in action. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
Topic: Stock Footage
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A tour of Filmdom with glimpses of celebrities Ramon Novarro, Jack Warner, Max Linder, and Vola Vale. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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Presented by Gulf Oil, 12 HOURS OF SEBRING presents the Florida International Grand Prix of Endurance. It was produced by Nathan Zucker and shows the 1963 race. In the field you'll see the Ferrari 250P, 330 TRI/LM, 250 GTO, Jaguar E-type, Chevrolet Corvette, Shelby Cobra, Chaparral 1 Corvette, Triumph TR4, Morgan Plus 4, Osca 1600 GT, Alfa Romeo, Abarth-Simca, Porsche, Lotus TVR and Austin MG. The film also shows women participating in the sport, including as pit crew and as drivers. A full...
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This early silent, black & white educational film looks at maggots, house flies and the threat they pose to human health. House flies are one of the most common insects on the planet. They breed and feed in filth, including garbage, feces, and rotting or spoiled food. The film was made in 1926 by Pathe. Opening titles: "Our Common Enemy "(:07-:22). A fly lays eggs on a flower. In eight to ten hours, the eggs hatch. Larva move around and slither. They look for a stable place to...
Topics: 1926, Health Education, Our Common Enemy, Housefly, Houseflies, Maggots, Disease, Stock Footage,...
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Hawaiian Islands, presented by Eastman Kodak Films, is a 1927 black and white, silent film. The purpose of the film is to highlight local life on the islands, with special attention paid to Honolulu. The film also displays the process of farming pineapples and sugarcane and displays the molten lava within the crater of Mount Kilauea. The film opens with the moon hitting the ocean as waves roll on shore. Volcano is shown with water in the foreground: 33. Large cruise ship leaves the port as...
Topic: Stock Footage
Created by an unknown American tourist in 1927, this black & white silent home movie shows a passenger ship cruise across the Southern Hemisphere to Australia and New Guinea. This film is only one part of what must have been a longer travelogue; unfortunately the other segments of it are apparently lost to history.  The film gives a good idea of the experiences a wealthy tourist might have had in this era, visiting Tasmania, New South Wales and Melbourne, and New Guinea. Title: Around The...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This extraordinary, silent 16mm home movie shows a trip by private yacht off Massachusetts, New York / Long Island, Rhode Island and Connecticut in 1928, and includes images of the Coast Guard gunboat No. 100, sailboat races, other vessels, and the crew of the yacht making the trip. At :49 the Norwalk Lighthouse is seen, most likely the Peck Ledge Light in Connecticut. At  1:18  Montauk Harbor, Long Island is seen. At  2:30  Block Island, Rhode Island and a sword-fishing boat is seen. At ...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This extraordinary silent home movie from the late 1920’s takes viewers along a trip to the Pacific coast and includes sights from San Francisco, Stanford, Monterey, Pasadena, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. It opens with a shot of a traditional San Francisco home in white stucco (:10) and the trio on the trip (:17). The three are then seen heading onto a golf course (1:09), possibly at the Presidio. The Palace of Fine Arts is pictured as the women pose for photographs in front of the...
Topic: Stock Footage
Dating to the 1930s, this silent home movie shows a trip around the world starting in Hawaii at 11:00, where Waikiki Beach is shown. At :42, men in suits and ties are on the beach. At :55 are shots of what might be the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. At 1:34 the men are seen again -- one of them might be Hawaiian or Asian. At 1:59 an upside down title card announces, "Our Mediterranean Cruise February 7, 1929". At 2:15 are shots of the Canary Islands. At 2:30 locals hold out sheets to catch...
Topic: Stock Footage
This black & white, silent home movie -- with wonderful title cards -- was filmed in the late 1920s or early 1930 off of Boston, Massachusetts.  It shows a cruise past U.S. Navy vessels, the Gloucester fishing fleet, Boston Lightship, and more. We don't know who shot it, whoever it was -- loved the water. Opening title card: A Coast Guard vessel no. 100, destroyer type on the water (:25). This appears to be the Wickes-class destroyer USS Maury (DD-100), which was decommissioned in 1930....
Topic: Stock Footage
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This film, a silent home movie, shows a serious plane crash at the Chicago National Air Races in 1930, Trimotor stunts, and more.   The film begins with images of downtown Chicago, Illinois at night.  The Central United Bank tower is seen as well as other landmarks.  At the 1:20 mark, the National Air Races grandstands are shown, and at 1:50 a man -- possibly organizer Cliff Henderson, addresses the crowd.  At 2:24, Army and Navy aircraft fly over the crowd.  At 3:45, you will see biplanes...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, National Air Races, Chicago, Ford Trimotor, Autogyro, Plane Crash
This silent, black & white home movie shows life in Southern California in 1932-33, when many things were happening in the region -- including the Olympic Games and the Rose Parade. The film shows these events as an ordinary citizen would have experienced them, and it also includes a visit to Dana Point and San Pedro and possibly Long Beach, California to see the U.S. Navy fleet at anchor. It also includes rare footage of the so-called Bonus Army encamped in Orange County. Opening: Title...
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Published on Jun 19, 2017 This silent 16mm home movie from the year 1933 shows a trip across the Northern Sahara Desert to El Oued, as well as a visit to the Constantine Gorge and Constantine, a distance of about 500km. The trip is accomplished by motorized vehicles. The Constantine bridge El-Kantara is seen at the  11:20  mark. One of 4 famous bridges that cross the Rhumel River gorge in Constantine, Algeria, the Kantara bridge is the oldest and has taken several different forms over the...
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This 1935 silent 16mm home movie shows views of Chicago including the downtown. At :54, the scene shifts to Chicago Municipal Airport and the American Airlines terminal. At  1:00  a rare Vultee V-1 is seen. The Vultee V-1 was a 1930s American single-engined airliner built by the Airplane Development Corporation, designed by Gerard Vultee and financed by automobile manufacturer Errett Cord. American Airlines bought at least 13 V-1As and the V-1 prototype (after it had been modified for two...
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Shot in 1936 by an American tourist who attended the Olympic Games in Berlin, this 16mm silent home movie -- one of five such reels in our archive -- provides a window into Germany during the pre-WWII era. Although in somewhat poor condition (and in need of restoration), it's possible to spot many interesting things in this film. A busy street scene (00:00:16:00) with swastika banners everywhere, for instance. At (00:00:28:11), the Olympic Rings are visible on a street corner. Scenes in Potsdam...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Shot in 1936 by an American tourist who attended the Olympic Games in Berlin, this 16mm silent home movie -- one of five such reels in our archive -- provides a window into Germany during the pre-WWII era. Although in somewhat poor condition (and in need of restoration), it's possible to spot many interesting things in this film. A busy street scene (00:00:16:00) with swastika banners everywhere, for instance. At (00:00:28:11), the Olympic Rings are visible on a street corner. Scenes in Potsdam...
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Topic: Stock Footage
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Shot in 1937 by an unknown visitor to the city, this 16mm home movie of Chicago begins at the railroad station where various steam locomotives are visible including one from the Pennsylvania railroad, a Wabash passenger train, and a Milwaukee Road streamliner. The film then moves to downtown where the skyline is visible, as well as theaters including one in which the film "Tovarich" starring Charles Boyer and Claudette Colbert is playing. 1937 also represented an awkward year for...
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This 1937 silent 16mm home movie shows a cruise through the Panama Canal. The film begins aboard an unknown ship, one operated by the Grace Line (probably S.S. Santa Paula based on the rear of the ship seen at  11:58  but otherwise possibly S.S. Santa Rosa, S.S. Santa Ana, or S.S. Santa Teresa). At  1:19  the ship enters the harbor of an unknown Caribbean island, with a large fortress visible atop a mountain. At  1:50 local men and children in canoes vie for coins dropped by ship...
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this 1937 color and black and white home movie presents a silent European travelogue, showing major architectural and natural landmarks in pre-war Germany, Italy, Holland and France (TRT 9:16). Pan to a view of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany. The dome is present (0:08). The Berlin Victory Column (0:24). A famous Berlin street, Unter der Linden, lined with white columns and Nazi eagles. (Unter den Linden is a boulevard in the central Mitte district...
Topics: 1937, Home Movie, Trip, Nazi Berlin, Germany, Venice Rome, Stock Footage
Cine Art presents, “Hawaii”, Copyright 1937, Hollywood Film Enterprises Inc. This silent, tinted travelogue is intended to show the viewer the wonderful sights of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands from a tourist’s perspective. The film opens on a large tall mast ship sailing into the sun :25. Title screen: Diamond Head, near our journey's end – a landmark dear to the heart of every Hawaiian. A view through binoculars looking at a mountain: 47. Title screen: Past Waikiki Beach, the world's...
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This silent, 1938 black and white and color mixed home movie footage depicts operations of the Robbins Brothers Circus including a promotional parade, livestock unloading, and raising a big top tent (TRT 17:22).  Around the time the film was shot, the Robbins Brothers Circus merged with Cole Brothers and both eventually became part of the Ringling Brothers Circus. A poster advertises Robbins Bros. Circus (0:08). A circus wagon is wheeled along the bed of a railroad train car labeled “Robbins...
Topics: 1938, Home Movie, Robbins Brothers, Circus parade, Ringling Brothers, Stock Footage
This color home movie is about a trip to Wickenburg, Arizona and the Monte Vista Ranch in 1938. The Monte Vista Ranch was a dude ranch operation that catered to tourists from the East, including horseback riding, roping training, and cowboy demonstrations. The ranch is now part of a subdivision neighborhood in Wickenburg. The first part of the film the film was loose in the gate of the camera, so it is sub-standard. The second roll of film onward is fine. Title: Wickenburg, Arizona 1938 (:08)....
Topic: Stock Footage
This silent, color 16mm home movie shows a trip to the Golden Gate International Exposition located on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay. The film begins with shots at an unidentified airport (possibly Grand Central Airport in Los Angeles) where a TWA DC-2 emblazoned with "The Lindbergh Line" is seen landing at :33 seconds. At  1:00  there are shots from the interior of the plane including a stunning sunset at  1:10 . At  1:40 , a sign welcomes us to the entrance to Pan...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This wonderful, silent color home movie film shows an epic trip made in the late 1930s or early 1940s from Washington, D.C. across the South through Virginia and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park into Florida, and then a plane ride to Havana, Cuba. It was titled simply "Down in Dixie" on the canister. The film has many noteworthy segments, including rare shots of African Americans working in cotton fields at around the 34 minute mark. Opening titles:Washington: The Capitol City...
Topics: 1940, Home Movie, Down In Dixie, Washington DC, Virginia, Florida, Stock Footage
Shot by an unknown amateur filmmaker, this color home movie features various segments from an American family in 1939/1940. This includes footage from the Lake Michigan shoreline, the Maquoketa Caves in Iowa and the aftermath of a United Airlines DC-3 airplane crash. Wooded area (:10). In a backyard, a little girl holds a ball and walks around, another plays with a wheel barrow (:32). A little girl climbs a jungle gym; she is then lifted by a man on the ground (:58). Title card: Michillinda....
Topic: Stock Footage
Love our channel? Help us save and post more orphaned films!  Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm  Even a really tiny contribution can make a difference. This is a silent 16mm movie filmed by an unknown U.S. serviceman who probably was a member of either the Seventh Fleet Intelligence Center (SEFIC) or the Construction Battalion 598 of the U.S. Navy on Tolosa, Leyte Island, Philippines, where both SEFIC and CBMU 598 were stationed from January 1945. It appears to have...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Shot in 1946 by a U.S. serviceman, this silent 8mm home movie shows various sites in Hawaii including the Kau Kau Korner restaurant at 6:18. The Kau Kau was one of Hawaii's first drive-in restaurants, located on the corner of Kalakaua Avenue and Kapiolani Blvd. (then known as The Crossroads of the Pacific.) Built 1935, the restaurant opened in 1936 and was a much photographed landmark for 25 years. Other sights include the Statue of King Kamehameha Statue at :08, Iolani Palace at :31, vistas of...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown U.S. serviceman, this poorly shot 16mm silent home movie shows views from a visit to Guam and Iwo Jima made just after WWII around 1946-46. The film opens with shots at sea of Guam (very dirty). At 1:58 a car trip begins with shots from the moving vehicle, most of which are very jumpy. A Japanese type C class midget submarine with the serial number "Ha-51" is standing on display. It is now at the War in the Pacific visitors' center on Guam. The submarine ran aground...
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Shot by an American military officer, this 16mm silent home movie shows images of the Republic of China (approx. September 1945-1949) in Shaoxing, Shanghai, an unidentified Taiwanese town, a flyby of Beijing and the Great Wall of China, as well as the U.S. Air Force bases in Guam, in Shanghai Jiangwan, Inarajam in Guam, and an unidentified R&R location and airbase (identifiable only by U.S. VRE-1 Air Evacuation Squadron signs). Footage includes one aircraft C-4 airframe 90408 (which would...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This color silent movie is a home movie showing Halloween parties that took place in the years 1946-1947. It is somewhere in the United States, unsure to what location. Title: Halloween Party 1946-1947 (:08-:16). Men in suits and some wear little orange hats. A man talks on a  microphone. Some women are near the men and they start singing. Some people in costumes go round and round in a  circle, outfits include: cowboys, Indians, maid, chef, saloon girl, one man has a red mask, geisha, a man...
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Shot by an unknown American serviceman, this silent, color home movie shows a flying visit to Guam and the Marshall Islands in 1947. It's unclear what the trip was about, but the cameraman flew most of the way in a PBY Catalina, and shot aerials of various atolls in the Marshalls including Kwajalein. The film ends with an injured American flying back from Kwaj to what might be Hawaii. Palm trees (:21). Car backs up on a windy day (:33). Aerial shots from a PBY Catalina seaplane in flight (:41)....
Topic: Stock Footage
This silent home movie was shot in 1947 or 48 by an American family who lived in Japan as part of the Occupation Force. The film begins with departure from Yokosuka (1:00) and a trip aboard a military transport ship. At 1:40, LCM (landing crafts) are seen assisting tugs. At 2:15, a ship carrying Chinese Nationalist forces is seen, and at 2:27 soldiers of the Nationalist Army are seen assembling at a pier. At 3:00, various street scenes are seen in Shanghai, including at 4:00 men carrying loads...
Topic: Stock Footage
This home footage starts with the sights of Tokyo – both untouched and damaged by the war, in the Autumn - probably September 1948. Abruptly starting with the Tsukiji Hongan-ji temple, we then see the facilities of the Judge Advocate General Office and the detention center associated with the War Crimes in the Far East Rrial, several destroyed religious buildings (Anglican or Catholic), and a panorama of the Tokyo city Port District (Minato-ku). The anonymous filmmaker then travels to Manila,...
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Released by Castle Films for the home market as part of the "Music Album" series of 16mm films, this short "Hawaiian Rhythm" presents Hawaiian music beginning with "Aloha Oe". It dates to 1949, and can be considered a "Soundie" -- a 1940s music video. These films were released not only for private use on personal projectors, but some of them were made to be used in a 16mm film jukebox called a Panoram or its more modern equivalent, a Scopitone. In this...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This home movie dates to 1950 and shows the aftermath of the Rose Parade, neon signs in Hollywood, and what might be 1950 New Year's fireworks.   After each Rose Parade it is traditional to have the floats parked for public view, and this film shows multiple floats from :10 to 7:20. This is amateur footage and some of it is badly shot, shaky, and has other problems. Some highlights include a showboat float at 3:46 (the film came out in 1951), a patriotic float showing the signing of the...
Topics: 1950, Home Movie, Rose Parade, Floats, Hollywood, Neon Signs, Fireworks, Stock Footage
Shot by an American serviceman or tourist, this 1952-1954 home footage documents a luxury autumn road trip to the coastal resorts of the Kanagawa prefecture in Japan – from the town of Hayama (to the south of Yokohama and Yokosuka), through the towns of Enoshima, Hiratsuka, Kozu, by the Yamanaka lakeside. The vacationing couple visits the shrine and the caves at Enoshima, the Hiratsuka gardens which became the Hiratsuka City Multipurpose Park. 0:09 Card: Arrival in Japan 0:13 Autumn foliage...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This 16mm silent film shows the visit to Admiral Arthur W. Radford (1896-1973) to the Philippines and Taiwan in the early to mid 1950s.The most likely date for this Far East trip, based on some research, is December 1953 to January 1954, and was probably intended to reassure the Taiwanese military of America's willingness to support it, in the face of Chinese Communist aggression. It probably predates the 1955 First Taiwan Strait Crisis. In that crisis, Radford urged President Eisenhower to...
Topics: 1953, Home Movie, Admiral Arthur Radford, Taiwan, Philippines, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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Shot by an unknown American tourist on a trip through California and on to Hawaii, this color 16mm silent home movie dates to 1954. It shows visits to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and finally Hawaii via the Matson Lines steamship SS Lurline. Opening: Pasadena Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. CBS Television City in Los Angeles, CA. Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Downtown Los Angeles. Cars, store fronts, trolley goes down the street. Buildings in downtown Los Angeles. Trolley car goes up a hill...
Topics: 1954, Home Movie, Los Angeles, San Francisco, California, Hawaii, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Rest Assured is a 1955 RKO-PATHE Screenliner detailing the scope of running America’s major hotels. The film begins with shots of several famous hotels ( 00:28 ), including Hotel America, Hotel Astor, Hollywood Hotel, Mayflower Hotel, and the Wellington Hotel. When a guest arrives at a hotel’s busting lobby ( 00:50 ), they have little understanding of the work it takes to run such an establishment. In fact, running a major hotel is comparable to being mayor of a small city. The Hotel...
Topic: Stock Footage
Made in 1956 by Castle Films, this movie "The Fabulous Harlem Globetrotters" was originally released as a silent for the home market. We haven't been able to confirm it, but we believe this film includes Clarence Wilson, George "Meadowlark" Lemon, Charlie Hoxie, Roman Turmon, Andy Johnson, Woodrow "Woody" Sauldsberry, Carl Green, Leon Hillard, Willie Gardner, and others. The famed Washington Generals are also shown in the exhibition match that occurs about halfway...
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"The Power and the Glory" is a film that dates to 1957. Produced by the 4H Clubs, it shows the glory of America's heritage linked with the promise awaiting today's youth through the development of character and leadership as exemplified in 4-H Club training. The film features rare images of the Atlantic Rural Exposition, which was the predecessor to the Virginia State Fair, and scenes shot during the visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to Jamestown in 1957 (5 minutes). The...
Topics: 1947, 4H Club, Promotional Film, Battery Of Yorktown, Early History, Virginia, Stock Footage
This silent 16mm home movie shows a trip to the American South in the year 1957. What's interesting about the film is that the filmmaker must have been interested in the Civil Rights movement. He shot footage of the segregation era signage at the Memphis, Tennessee Zoo (:37). It may shock some viewers to understand that in this era, even visits to the zoo were segregated. Blacks could visit the zoo on Thursdays, while whites could go on the other week days including the weekends. He also filmed...
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EB Films presents, Hawaii The 50th State People and Resources. Produced by Encyclopedia Britannica Films. In collaboration with George Kish, PhD, University of Michigan. Producer is William Deneen. The film is narrated. The purpose of the film is to educate people on Hawaiian culture, fruit crops, travel and industry. The film opens with a view of the open sea. Lava explosions are seen, :30. Rock outcroppings in the ocean are shown: 40. A volcano is shown 1:10. A waterfall is shown 1:25. Aerial...
Topics: Hawaii, The 50th State, EB Film, Food Culture, Sugar Cane, Stock Footage
Pan AM Hawaiian Paradise is a color promotional for Hawaii, made to promote a Gibson air conditioner salesman convention. The film was created in 1959 to promote a trip in 1960. Gibson is the creator of the Gibson Air Conditioner, now Gibson HVAC. The film was prepared for Gibson by Pan American World Airways, founded in 1927. The film tells what Gibson Dealers could experience if they sign up for the Hawaii trip.  The film opens with views of the Hawaiian shoreline (0:16-0:53), and surfers in...
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LEWISTOWN, PA – JOHNSTOWN & ALTOONA RAILROAD REEL This color home movie from 1959 shows footage of the Johnstown Traction Company and views of Altoona, Johnstown and Lewistown, Pennsylvania. It was shot by Louis Buehler and preserved by Mitch Dakelman. Shots include: :00 Lewistown Pa dusk and night shots of passing Pennsylvania Railroad trains 1:07 Conemaugh & Black Lick locomotive, Johnstown,Pa. Passing Bethlehem Steel plant 1:23 Johnstown Trolley car 357 1:48 crossing bridge 2:23...
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Created in 1961 by the Highway Safety Foundation and Safety Enterprises, Inc., MECHANIZED DEATH is a legendary driver's education scare film that underscores the dangers of speeding and reckless driving. Made in an era when automobiles lacked the kind of modern safety features and crash-resistant designs that we take for granted today, and featuring bloody accident footage supplied by the Ohio Highway Patrol, "Mechanized Death" reveals the highways and byways as nightmarish avenues of...
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This silent 8mm home movie was shot in 1962 by a U.S. serviceman based at the U.S. Naval Station in Rota, Spain, also known as Naval Station Rota. NAVSTA Rota has been in use since 1953 when Spanish dictator Francisco Franco strengthened relations with the United States in order to improve local economies. The installation now covers more than 6,000 acres (24 km2) on the northern shore of Cadiz, an area recognized for its strategic, maritime importance over the centuries.  The film begins with...
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This black & white educational film is about the Ku Klux Klan an American white supremacist hate group, its main targets are minority groups. It dates to 1965.  Carousel Films presents Ku Klux Klan: The Invisible Empire (:07-:21). Narrator: Lowndes County, Alabama, March 1965, a car is off the road, it's black driver is dead. Arrested were three members of the Klan. One was tried, the jury didn't reach a verdict. Neshoba Co., MS, August 1964, three civil rights workers found dead. Six...
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Produced by the Department of Agriculture in 1971, this historic film "A Lady Called Camille" documents the devastation caused by Hurricane Camille in 1969 and shows the the suffering it caused tens of thousands of people in Mississippi and through the Southern U.S.. While 259 lives were lost to the hurricane, thousands were saved due to emergency planning, highly trained rescue teams, the Red Cross, and help from the forces of government.  Hurricane Camille was the third and...
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Shows highlights of the U.S. space program in 1972. This film can be purchased on DVD and higher quality versions of the film can be purchased for stock footage purposes. Contact footage@avgeeks.com for more information.
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Released in 1954 about the 1953 race, "International Road Race" shows the 24 Hours of LeMans with a special emphasis on the American sports car designer Briggs Cunningham and his new 300hp car known as "the Shark" or C-5R. The C-5R was powered by a 331.1 cubic-inch Chrysler eight-cylinder, hemi-head engine with Zenith downdraft carburetors developing 310 horsepower at 5200 rpm. It sat on a 100-inch wheelbase and weighs 5200 pounds. The film features images of the Alpha...
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Wide-ranging film explaining the role of oil companies in advancing America and securing the nation’s high standard of living. Linking free enterprise with freedom and democracy,  24 Hours of Progress  shows the oil industry at work and Americans using oil-based products.
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Co-produced by Empire Photosound Incorporated and Image India Films, e.g., India is a short 1966 film that recaps the 1965 4-H Club Foundation’s International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) program, sponsored by International Minerals and Chemical Corporation. The film begins with Dana Andrews (famous 1940s actor) describing the need for the youth of the world to invest themselves in agriculture and food production in order to meet the growing demands of feeding the world. Andrews explains that...
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The Dope Tapes
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   4 8 HRS ON CRACK STREET-11, Sept. 14, 1989. South Bronx, Phoenix House, Ft. Lauderdale Houston, drug czar Bennett, rats craving cocaine, crack babies, Dan Rather, acupuncture, Essex Co., NJ. AIDS. DEA Strtman vs. Ethan Nadelmann. Washington Square NYC. Local news 9-14-89, Bay Area crack, black kids say war on drugs is directed against them. Playboy snuff film? At 4500— KPIX Special “Crack: Fighting Back,” Barbara Rogers, Darryl Inaba, Cecil Williams, Ben Vereen. Send dealers to...
Topics: vhs, Drugs, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley
Source: VHS Panasonic AG-1980>Panasonic DMR-E30>CDR via OSX
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This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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Made in 1941 by the Ministry of Information, H.M. MINELAYER (sometimes also known as HMS MINELAYER ) shows life aboard a British mine laying vessel.  This was perilous duty; nearly half the minelayers in the Abdiel class were sunk by enemy action during WWII. The most common use of the term "minelayer" is a naval ship used for deploying sea mines. In the Gallipoli Campaign of World War I, mines laid by the Ottoman Empire's Navy's Nusret sank HMS Irresistible, HMS Ocean, and the...
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“Hand Soldering” is a 1944 US Office of Education black-and-white training film providing theories of soldering including how to prepare soldering irons and torches, how to clean and prepare the works, and details on how to fasten joints, solder wire and lug joints, as well as ways to seal seams. Opening with an explanation of what is soldering and a scene of a worker in action, the film features an animation (mark  01:10 ) detailing the changes occurring to metal during the process....
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Presented by the U.S. Forest Service, this 1970s training film focuses on the different types of hand tools used in fighting wildfires. The film opens with a raging forest fire. Main title: "Hand Tools for Wildfire.  A Fire Training Film presented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service." A fire rages in the forest. Different hand tools for the firefighter are shown 1:00. The firefighters are first on the scene and those who use hand tools to manage the fire determine...
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