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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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Images of Life begins with footage of a variety of daily activities, from cooking to working and tending to animals, carried out by humans across the globe (00:20-01:50). Produced in 1977 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the United States Agency for International Development, the film was written and directed by Gene Starbecker in collaboration with Hearst Metrotone Productions. The informational reel was one of three films and part of a larger space age series intended...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1940 color film production was compiled with footage from the experiences of Lawrence Copley Thaw and his wife, Margaret Thaw, during the wealthy couple’s Trans-Asia expedition and travels through India. Lawrence Thaw earned fame for his exploits with Margaret when both were correspondents for National Geographic. They undertook an expedition in 1938 across central Africa, which became a feature in the magazine. As a sequel, they decided to retrace the Great Silk Route, the ancient...
Topic: Stock Footage
This color educational film is about the Industrial Revolution. This is from 1950. Opening: A Coronet Film on the Industrial Revolution (:07-:21). A flag of the USA from the late 18th century. Americans plow the field. A woman visits a shop. She looks at an item. A person uses an old machine to sew. Hand tools are used in a  craftsman's shop. A man hammers. A man carries a big pail and dumps it. A tall furnace in PA. A man shovels into a hole. Slater's Mill in Pawtucket, RI, built in 1793, is...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This is a 1970’s era color movie promoting travel in South America. The full credits are missing but the film was shot by cinematographer Henry Javorsky and sponsored by American Express and Pan Am Airlines. This travelogue visits Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and the rest of South America is highlighted as a beautiful destination to visit. The movie opens with a woman and a boy holding hands in front of Machu Picchu in Peru. Main title: "Invitation to South...
Topics: South America, 1970s, Travelogue, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Stock Footage
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Browse our products on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YILTSD Created in 1952 by an unknown filmmaker (apparently named "Williams") this film is titled "Iranian Snapshots".  The film shows an American effort called the "Point Four Program" to create films in Iran, including films about health and agriculture. Point Four also assisted with other modernization and...
Topics: Irianian Snapshots, 1952, Documentary Film, Stock Footage
Iron Curtain lands. Post-Stalin Period. Copyright MCMLIX. Educational Supervision: Michael Boro Petrovich, PhD. Associate Professor of History, The University of Wisconsin. Photographed & directed by filmmaker and author Charles Dee Sharp. This 1959, color movie presents a cross-section of life in the lands considered to be behind the iron curtain after the rule of Joseph Stalin. It is a profile of the communist society. It takes us a step closer to understanding these lands ruled by an...
Topics: Iron Curtains Lands, 1959, Post Stalin Era, Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the nation of Israel. Copyright is by Geva Films, one of the earliest Israeli film studios, and it dates to circa the early 1950s. It was written and directed by Y. Zaretski with the hope of raising money for the Jewish National Fund.  The film shows views of the young Israeli nation with scenes in the Negev including Elad, Beersheba, ancient Masada and Ein Gedi. Opening titles: Geva Films presents Israel on the March  - The Eternal Struggle...
Topics: Israel, 1950s, Geva Films, Negev, Elad, Beersheba, Ancient Masada, Stock Footage
This is a black & white educational film. This a 1950 documentary about rebuilding Europe after WW2, hosted by actor Leo Genn.  Title card: British Board of Film Censors (:07-:18). Title card: I Went Back featuring Leo Genn (:19-:43). Leo Genn, an actor and former soldier, introduces this doc. He talks about going back to Europe after the war (:44-1:29). Footage of bombed out buildings. People cheer peace. Cities in ruins. Cemeteries. Soldiers head home (1:30-2:49). A plane flies. Leo Genn...
Topic: Stock Footage
Dating to 1943, "Interrogation of Enemy Airmen" is a WWII training film that was made by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency, to train American "AIOs" (Air Intelligence Officers) in techniques for interrogating captured enemy airmen, gathering vital intelligence. The film provides a look inside an AIO training school, where candidates learn a variety of interrogation methods, the importance of thoroughly familiarizing...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This is a 1978 color film promoting Restronic mattresses made by the Walter Klein ad agency and hosted by veteran actress Julia Meade. Julia Meade Kunz (December 17, 1925 – May 16, 2016) was an American film and stage actress who was a frequent pitch person in live commercials in the early days of television in the 1950s. The film opens with two men coming out of an elevator. It turns out they are Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, :56. Later, Napoleon and Josephine are seen discussing Napoleon's...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Created by filmmaker, photographer and explorer Frank Hurley, and narrated by him, "Isle of Many Waters" is a documentary travelogue of the island of Tasmania, Australia. The film, like many made in this era, focuses on the region's natural resources. It also shows the attractions of the garden island including apple orchards and groves (1:30), New Norfolk, port of Hobart (2:00) and Mt. Wellington, the Huon Valley, Queenstown (5:20) and its mining industry at Mount Lyell, Port Arthur...
Topics: Isle, Many Waters, 1939, Tasmania, Australia, Travelogue, Frank Hurley, Stock Footage
 It’s a Rum World is a 1973 documentary film showing some of the stages of rum production by United Rum Merchants (1946-2010). The film opens a colonial-era reenactment of a man delivering a bottle of rum to British landowners. The film then cuts to the coast of Jamaica (01:56). A man pushes a raft down a river to the sea. Three Jamaican men play instruments and sing a song about rum and coconut water (02:50). The proprietor of the Little Pub makes rum cocktails (03:45). There is a shot of a...
Topic: Stock Footage
Images of Life begins with footage of a variety of daily activities, from cooking to working and tending to animals, carried out by humans across the globe (00:20-01:50). Produced in 1977 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the United States Agency for International Development, the film was written and directed by Gene Starbecker in collaboration with Hearst Metrotone Productions. The informational reel was one of three films and part of a larger space age series intended...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This WWII newsreel "Bombs Over Italy" shows American bombers  attacking Genoa and Foggia, Italy in the run-up to the invasion of continental Europe.  General Jimmy Doolittle is seen with American air forces planning operations over Rome.  Military objectives in the Italian capitol are smashed including the San Lorenzo rail yards.  The invasion of Sicily by British and American forces is also shown.  Italian forces begin to surrender, foreshadowing the collapse of the Italian...
Topics: Geneva, Genoa, Foggia Gino Lisa Airport, Castle Films, Allies Of World War II, World War II, Allied...
This film about the Iwo Jima campaign is one of a series of newsreels produced by Leslie Winik and Official Films during WWII, and sold for home viewing through catalogs, department stores and camera shops. The film uses official U.S. War Department footage, as well as newsreel footage, to show the bombardment of the Japanese stronghold by the invasion fleet and aircraft. It then shows D-day at Iwo ( 3:25 ) as 40,000 members of the Marine Corps invade the island. Fierce fighting is shown on the...
Topics: Official Films, Raymond A. Spruance, Battle Of Iwo Jima, U.S. Navy, USMC, U.S. Marine Corps, Flag...
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Made in 1945, ACTION AT ANGUAR documents the invasion and capture of Angaur Island in the Palau group by the 81st ("Wildcat") Infantry Division in its first battle. The film begins in July 1944 as the troops relax at Honolulu and on Waikiki Beach. It then shows troops boarding transports and shows activities aboard a troop transport, including a wild Neptune ceremony at the Equator, en route to Guadalcanal for a practice landing in August. On Sept. 17, 1944 after a bombardment by...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
“Illinois” is an episode in the 1940s motion picture series This Land Of Ours, from Carl Dudley Productions, and gives viewers an overview of the “Land of Lincoln.” This episode opens with a shot of a mighty river ( 00:34 ), as the narrator explains the number of rivers and lakes located within or along Illinois’ border. Modern cities such as Chicago ( 01:07 ) and Springfield ( 01:16 ) are home to the millions of Midwesterners. Springfield, the capital, is itself a dedication to...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This early 1950s color educational film about the components of the 1949 winning Indy 500 car was sponsored by Socony-Vacuum (now part of ExxonMobil). 1949, Bill Holland has just won his first Indianapolis 500 and receives his trophy. Car owner Lou Moore joins him for photos (:20-:54). Lou Moore’s mailbox is shown at his North Hollywood, CA machine shop. Lou and an employee work among tools and car parts. A 350+ horsepower 4-cylinder engine is shown (:55-2:20). The highway is full of 1940s...
Topics: 1949, Indianapolis, 500 motor Race, Behind The Checkered Flag, Bill Holland, Stock Footage
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Produced by the Perfect Circle Corporation as a publicity project in 1954, THE HOTTEST 500 shows the 1953 Indy 500 won by Bill Vukovich in 120-plus degree heat.   The 1953 race was infamous as one of the most memorable on record, with more relief drivers used than in any other year.  Tragically, driver Carl Scarborough actually died of heat prostration. Bill Vukovich, who led in 1952 but ended up losing due to a mechanical failure with his car, led almost the entire race and ended up taking...
Topics: Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Indianapolis 500, 1953 Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Auto Racing
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This film — presented by Dodge, the official pace car of the 1954 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race — gives viewers a chance a to experience the sights and sounds of the 1954 race featuring the country’s top drivers, which was won by Bill Vukovich. The event was part of the 1954 AAA National Championship Trail, and was also race 2 of 9 in the 1954 World Championship of Drivers. The film opens with footage of the 1954 Dodge pace car as it drives by the grandstands, and various other cars speeding...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Created by Perfect Circle to promote their piston ring products, THE UNFORGETTABLE 500 presents the 1955 Indianapolis 500.  This was the 39th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday, May 30, 1955. The event was part of the 1955 AAA National Championship Trail, and was included in the 1955 World Drivers Championship.  The race is notable to many as the race in which Bill Vukovich was killed in a crash while seemingly on his way to an unprecedented...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Indianapolis 500, Auto Racing, Bill Vukovich, Dinah Shore
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Created by the Jet Propulsion Lab, this film documents the 1958 effort to launch an American satellite into orbit as part of the International Geophysical Year. Designated Explorer, it was the first satellite of the United States, launched as part of its participation in the International Geophysical Year. The mission followed the first two satellites the previous year; the Soviet Union's Sputnik 1 and 2, beginning the Cold War Space Race between the two nations. Explorer 1 was launched on...
Topics: 1958, NASA, US Army, X Minus 80 Days, Jupiter, Satellite, Stock Footage
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Made for Mobil as a promotional piece, THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 was produced by Dynamic Films,  directed by Lester S. Becker, with narration by Ralph Camargo.  The film shows the 1960 Indianapolis 500, one of the most exciting in history.   Defending champion Rodger Ward and challenger Jim Rathmann dueled right down to the last lap. The cars and drivers in this race included Troy Ruttman, Red Amick, A.J. Foyt, Johnny Boyd, Chuck Stevenson, Eddie Sachs, Bob Veith, Johnny Thomson, Len Sutton,...
Topics: 1960, Indianapolis 500, Race, Rodger, Ward, Jim, Rathamann, Stock Footage
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Released by Esso Oil Company as part of their promotional efforts, GENTLEMEN START YOUR ENGINES! is a profile of the Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway set against the qualifying events for the 1963 race.  The film presents some of the "questions that need answers" -- with the ever-present challenge of Indy being that (as the narrator says) the race in this era normally got faster by an average of 1.5 miles per hour, per year.   Safety is heavily emphasized in this film, which...
Topics: 1963 Indianapolis 500, Bobby Unser, Film, Race, Racing, Crash, periscope Film, Stock Footage
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This documentary details the 1967 51st Indy 500 race, and was produced by sponsor Wynn’s Car Care Products and Spotlite News. Racer and inventor Mickey Thompson works in his shop on two cars he will enter in the Indianapolis 500. Mickey’s #18 Charger is loaded onto the trailer (:14-1:00). Track practice is shown at the Indy track two weeks before qualifying trials. Racers shown are Mario Andretti, AJ Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Dan Gurney, Graham Hill, Jackie Steward, Jimmy Clark, and rookie...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This footage from just after the 1967 Six Day War begins with footage from an Israeli beach where civilians are seen swimming and relaxing despite the sound of distant shell fire and transport jets screaming overhead. At 1:35 , the Israeli cabinet is seen emerging from an emergency meeting at military headquarters. Golda Meir addresses a camera crew at 2:40 , telling them to film the assembled soldiers. At 3:00 , an Israeli tank is seen on the move and at 3:09 Moshe Dayan is seen, probably in...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This matrimonial TV commercial for Invicta Games promotes Mastermind. It dates to the mid-1970s. Master Mind is a code-breaking game for two players. The modern game with pegs was invented in 1970 by Mordecai Meirowitz, an Israeli postmaster and telecommunications expert. It resembles an earlier pencil and paper game called Bulls and Cows that may date back a century.  The game was manufactured by Invicta Plastics, based near Leicester, UK and was released in 1971–2. We encourage viewers to...
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Topics: 1975, Invicta Games, Mastermind, Code breaking Game, TV Commercial, Stock Footage
A/V Geeks
by Walter G. O'Connor Co; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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Shows a series of automobile accidents, most of which, as explained by Governor Shafer, could have been avoided by more careful driving. Some really great test crash footage. We digitized and uploaded this film from the A/V Geeks 16mm Archive. Email us at footage@avgeeks.com if you have questions about the footage and are interested in using it in your project.
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Topic: auto accidents
Educational Films
by CRM/McGraw-Hill Films
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Vladimir J. Konecni, Daiva K. Konecni
Topics: Employment interviewing, Social interaction
Ephemeral VHS
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"Until his death in 1990, Ryan White tried to educate people--especially kids--about AIDS. In this video, kids learn about AIDS from Ryan in several ways: they see him studying and interacting with friends just like other kids in his age; they go to visit a group of fifth-graders who ask him questions about AIDS, and listen as Ryan candidly answers" -- description from box.
Topics: vhs, HIV, AIDS
Source: VHS Panasonic AG-1980>Panasonic DMR-E30>CDR via OSX
Educational Films
by Rhodes, Mary Jane
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"I Hear Your Hand" is a music package created to bring music appreciation to those who have never heard a sound. T. Daniel Robbins and Mary Jane Rhodes team up to write the music and lyrics of this deaf ballad which is entirely in sign language. The color film which comes with this package shows a deaf girl performing this song in sign language. It presents a new art form which is acclaimed by hearing and hearing impaired alike. The entire music package costs $63.00 and includes: 16mm...
Topics: Musical analysis, Deaf
Educational Films
by Craven, Margaret. I heard the owl call my name; Tomorrow Entertainment (Firm); Learning Corporation of America
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Based on the book of the same title by Margaret Craven
Topic: Feature films
A/V Geeks
by Mental Health Film Board
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The generation gap illustrated when father and son learn about each other and their selves during a crisis. 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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A/V Geeks
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This quirky film educates young drivers to try to share the road with bicyclists. We follow the growth of Lisa from a pig-tailed bicyclist to a teen driver who now must tolerate unpredictable bike-riders. GM likes bikes too! It's narrated by Jim Stringer - who did much of the music for Centron Films in the late 1970s and 1980s. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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Topics: driver education, traffic safety
Educational Films
by BFA Educational Media
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We spend a day with Randy Akiona, his family, and classmates. Through Randy's eyes we see modern Hawaii--its homes, shopping centers, industry, and schools. With Randy, we enter into the everyday life of the Hawaiian people. We, too, live in Hawaii. We digitized and uploaded this film from the A/V Geeks Archives. Email us at footage@avgeeks.com if you have questions about the footage and are interested in using it in your project.
Topic: hawaii
Educational Films
by CRM Productions; McGraw-Hill Films
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Attempts to convey some of the complexities surrounding the modern woman. Specifically, this film focuses on self-identity, whether it is male or female, and what a person must do to gain self-confidence in today's world
Topic: Identity (Psychology)
Educational Films
by Pacific Street Films; Cinema Guild
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Title from data sheet
Topics: Lymon, Frankie, Teenagers (Musical group), Rock musicians
Educational Films
by Bosustow, Nick; Stephen Bosustow Productions
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With teacher's guide
Topic: Communication in personnel management
Educational Films
by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, inc
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Script developed by Inter-University Film Project
Topics: Gifted children, Motivation (Psychology)
Educational Films
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Topics: Educational Film, Series: I Will Fight No More Forever
Educational Films
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Topics: Educational Film, Series: I Will Fight No More Forever
Educational Films
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Gives insight into Latin America's temperament through the life and writings of contemporary South American poet Pablo Neruda. Narrated by Pablo Neruda and Anthony Quayle. Discusses the artistic and photographic arts that came with the settling of the early West and the two major sources that nurtured them--the United States Government and the eastern newspapers. Pictures works by artists John M. Stanley, Frederick Remington, Charlie Russell, and Cassily Adams, and by photographers William H....
Topics: I am Pablo Neruda, Latin America, Poetry, United States of America (USA), Communications...
Educational Films
by Wombat Productions
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With study guide Producer, director, and writer, Gene Feldman; consultant, Lodema Burrows; photography, N. Kurita, Urs Furrer; editor, Michael Weiner Search Educational Film Journals at Media History Project for references to this film Summary Explores factors involved in the development of a positive self - image, the pain of rejection, the poignancy of near - misses in developing relationships and the satisfaction of recognition and re.ponse.
Topics: 16mm Film, Educational Film, Identity (Psychology), Child psychology, Psychology, Human relations
Source: Lasergraphics ScanStation
Educational Films
by Radim Films, Inc
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Children of nine and ten accomplish work formerly done by children of thirteen and fourteen at a school in Blackpool, England. New method of teaching provides children with practical problems, and they find solutions by working in groups. In this way they not only help to teach themselves but have a better chance of remembering how they solved the problems. Emphasis is on understanding and not just accuracy of work Search Educational Film Journals at Media History Project for references to this...
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Topics: 16mm Film, Educational Film, Arithmetic
Source: Lasergraphics ScanStation
Educational Films
by Shaffer, Beverly; National Film Board of Canada; Media Guild
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Director, Beverly Shaffer; producer, Yuki Yoshida; editor, Ginny Stikeman; score, Larry Crosley
Topics: DeFranco, Nadia, Spina bifida
Educational Films
by Time-Life Films. Multi-media Division; British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service; Time-Life Films
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Discusses current medical findings on the psychological and physiological effects of amphetamines, barbiturates, LSD, and marijuana
Topics: Drug addiction, Narcotics
Educational Films
by Klingman, Larry; Churchill Films
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With teacher's guide
Topics: Happiness, Emotions
Educational Films
by Klingman, Larry; Churchill Films
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With study guide
Topics: Fear, Child psychology, Emotions
Educational Films
by Klingman, Larry; Churchill Films
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With study guide
Topics: Anger in children, Anger, Emotions
Educational Films
by Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941
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A young man's job, his relationship with his coworkers and his desire to impress those around him mark his passage to adulthood
Topic: Short films
Educational Films
by Benchmark Films
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Title from data sheet
Topic: Mammals
Educational Films
by Films Incorporated
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Directed by David Halpern, Jr
Topic: Ray, Nicholas, 1911-1979
Educational Films
by Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941
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A young man's job, his relationship with his coworkers and his desire to impress those around him mark his passage to adulthood
Topic: Short films
Educational Films
by Secondari, John
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I, Leonardo Da Vinci reel 2 Film biography of Leonardo da Vinci, the great Renaissance man, points out the enormous influence of his ideas and innovations as painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and scientist on the western world. Search Educational Film Journals at Media History Project for references to this film Summary Explores Da Vinci's intellectual and artistic interests and talents. Depicts the Renaissance period.
Topics: Educational Film, Renaissance (1300-1600), Artists, Biography (Persons)
This interesting silent 16mm home movie was shot by an unknown American during WWII. The film starts with images in what appears to be Hawaii, with a sign "Hale-Punaluu" appearing at the 11 second mark. U.S. personnel are seen milling about and drinking beer, and at 1:24 someone climbs a coconut palm. The scene is likely towards the end of the war, or immediately after. At 1:54 a pair of swim trunks are shown off and at 2:02 a cross-dressing sailor puts on a wild dance show. At 2:33...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Shaping San Francisco
by Chunkmoonhunter Productions
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Hundreds of police attack the I-Hotel on Kearny in 1977 to evict the remaining tenants.
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Topics: I-Hotel, police, eviction
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This silent film was likely a test print of "dailies" for an industrial film about the missile guidance computer for the Titan II ICBM and rocket booster. The film was shot by IBM-Oswego, also known as IBM Federal Systems, which was created in 1957 to handle IBM's military business. This organization later became Lockheed Martin Systems Integration – Owego (LMSI), a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, and also called Lockheed Martin Federal Systems. IBM's contract for Titan I/Titan II...
Topics: Silent Film, Dailies, Industrial, Titan II, ICBM, Stock Footage
Educational Films
by Stone (I. F.) Project (Firm)
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Presents a portrait of Izzy Stone, who created a newspaper to bring the truth to the common man
Topic: Stone, I. F. (Isidor Feinstein), 1907-1989
This is a 1960’s era, color movie about Punched Card Data Processing on an IBM Card Sorting Machine. It has 6 sections including: Introducing the Sorter, Numeric Sorting Part I, Numeric Sorting Part, II, Block Sorting, Alphabetic Sorting, The Alphabetic Sorting Switch and Merging. The movie opens with footage of the “sorter”, a card sorting machine :25. 9-inch cards are fed into the sorter, :40. Machine demonstrates how columns of the card can be read, 1;15. The sorter is sorting cords,...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1960s, this IBM produced film tells the story of the George D. Roper Corporation, a manufacturer of gas and electric stoves, and how its business was transformed by high tech data management.  The film features IBM's Clyde Janson, who helped install IBM's 402 and 602 computers at Roper in 1958.  Also shown are O56 Verifiers and O52 Keypunch, 557 interpreter, 519 reproducer, O83 and O84 sorter, and O88 Collator, and the processing system.  The computer being used is the 1401,...
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Topics: IBM, History Of Computing, Computers, Data Processing, Data, Technology, Punch Cards, Punch Card...
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This travelogue film is by James A. Fitzpatrick, an American producer who had earned the title of ‘The Voice of the Globe’ for his involvement in films such as this. This particular film is accompanied by Nathaniel Shilkret’s Traveltalk Orchestra (:15). It centers on Iceland (:27) a continent largely isolated by the rest of the world and founded by Vikings from Norway (:27). The population at the time barely exceeded 100,00 (:41) and we begin in the streets of the capital of Reykjavik...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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One of the U.S. Army Air Force aircraft identification films made during WWII, this short movie describes the German Messerschmitt Bf 110. The film was shown to fighter pilots, bomber gun crews, anti-aircraft gun crews, and civil defense personnel during the war.  Often animated, these films were sometimes produced by Walt Disney Studios, Warner Brothers, or other cartoon studios as part of the war effort. The Messerschmitt Bf 110, often (erroneously) called Me 110, was a twin-engine heavy...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, BF 110, Aircraft, World War II, Aircraft Identification
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Illinois, Land of Lincoln is a short film produced by Viking Pictures Corporation that recaps the Illinois of Abraham Lincoln and provides an overview the state’s contemporary towns and cities, entertainment, and industries. It opens with a shot of the Capitol Building in Springfield, a statue of Lincoln ( 00:43 ), and Lincoln’s log cabin in New Salem ( 01:38 ). There are more shots of rural locations in Illinois where Lincoln visited as part of his legal career, as well as shots of the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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UP FROM THE BED OF A DESERT SEA tells the story of the New Mexico based potash mine run by the International Mineral and Chemical Corporation of Carlsbad (now known as IMC Global). Released in 1952 or 53, the film is a fascinating portrait of mining in the post-WWII era.  Potash is any of various mined and manufactured salts that contain potassium in water-soluble form. The name derives from pot ash, which refers to plant ashes soaked in water in a pot, the primary means of manufacturing the...
Topics: IMC, Global, Potash Mine, Refinery, Carlsbad, New Mexico
This silent footage shows scenes from the Liberation of Paris in 1944, and probably dates to August 26th, the day that Gen. Charles DeGaulle entered the city. The film begins with shots of civilians moving across hastily built barricades. At :26 (the title card says "A little clean-up") signs of German occupation are removed by civilians and German signposts knocked over (:49). Pockmarked buildings are shown as well as anti-tank barricades (1:02) at Place Joffre. Barbed wire and a...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made in 1959 to education school children about the danger of fire and the importance of key aspects of fire safety, "In Case of Fire" demonstrates that lessons learned from fire drills can save lives. The film shows fire emergencies at school, at home, and at a crowded theatre. The film begins with a well-organized school fire drill in progress, and dramatizes several true-to-life situations in which the most effective safety procedures and the most modern equipment is used to combat...
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One of the craziest railroad films of all time, "Escape from Limbo" is part Twilight Zone episode, part safety film that is just as entertaining as any half-hour TV show from the 1950's. The film tells the bizarre tale of Pennsylvania Railroad fireman Henry who apparently gets killed in a hunting accident. He ends up in Limbo where a Devil explains that he is now required to cause accidents on the railroad line -- in an attempt to gather other souls for his patron. This unique premise...
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Made during WWII, this incredible U.S. Treasury Department movie showcases the Nazi's passion for banning books, art and music that displeased them. The film is what is known as an "Auroratone". here is some information about these films, taken from the Northwest Film Forum which compiled them for an event in 2010. Auroratone movies were created in the early 1940s by British inventor and mystic Cecil Stokes (1910-1956), who intended for them to be used as a therapeutic aid in the...
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Made during WWII, this incredible U.S. Treasury Department movie showcases the Nazi's passion for banning books, art and music that displeased them.  The film is what is known as an "Auroratone".  here is some information about these films, taken from the Northwest Film Forum which compiled them for an event in 2010.  Auroratone movies were created in the early 1940s by British inventor and mystic Cecil Stokes (1910-1956), who intended for them to be used as a therapeutic aid in...
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One of the most infamous "gag" films ever produced under the auspices of the Department of Defense, "Tough Sledding" was apparently created by the staff at Northrop Corporation in the late 1950s. No, we don't know what they were smoking! In this era Northrop was heavily engaged in conducting human factors research, and developing escape systems including ejection seats and parachutes for use in aircraft and spacecraft. This included the work of Dr. John Paul Stapp, who...
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This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. This episode, “The Golden Years”, is a single segment highlight that the elderly are still productive employees. An elderly gentleman checks in with the receptionist at the doctor’s office. The doctor wears a bowtie and suit and draws the patient’s blood (:18-:57). At Upjohn, a female lab technician works with vials in research on cortisol. The...
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This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. This is a single segment about Americans having not just international, but many domestic places to visit. Passengers deplane from a Pan American Airlines Clipper in Nassau. A couple window-shops plates. A traffic policeman’s uniform includes white gloves. A changing of the guards is shown. The couple walks hand-in-hand from the beach (:14- 2:02 ). The...
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This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. This is a single segment about safety improvements across various industries. A housewife in a dress wears a half apron as she prepares dinner in a 1950s kitchen. She uses a wall can opener to open a can of tomatoes. She uses a hand pot holder to check on a pan in the oven. A group of business men examine recipes (:40- 1:18 ). A metal ball is swung against...
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“Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business. Hundreds of companies and products were documented during the [program’s] decade-long run.”   October 1953’s episode (no. 155) begins with a segment titled “Elusive Aluminum!” The segment shows a bauxite field in Arkansas (00:46), where clay-like ore is blown up to find...
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This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers; an Arthur Lodge Productions Inc. There are four individual segments, preceded by an advertisement for investing money. Shown are photos of people doing business at banks. No Medal for Walter. Walter works on a smoke stack detector at the Keystone Steel and Wire Company in Peoria. He blows smoke from a cigarette at the device. Students put together a...
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