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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 incredible industrial film starring comedian Jonathan Winters was presented by the Glass Sales office of Ford Motor Company (:12) and is directed by Richard Galbreath (:25). It begins with a narrative, about a nephew and his uncle ( 1:43 ). The nephew is telling his uncle of his desire to leave the latter’s corset factory business in pursuit of employment with Ford Motor Company ( 1:43 ). At the Ford Motor Factory, we learn he is to be joining the glass sales office ( 3:38 ). This was...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Journey. Visit to Venezuela. Produced for Standard Oil Company, New Jersey. By Tangent films Inc. This is a 1950’s era, black and white film about the country of Venezuela and how oil production is changing people’s lives for the better. The film is opened with Cal Thomas, narrator. The movie starts with a discussion on Simón Bolívar who fought for the freedom of Spanish colonies in Latin America. Bolivia is named in honor of him. A small discussion of Simón Bolivar ensues, 1:20. The...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This United States Information Agency film "Jacqueline Kennedy's Asian Journey" shows First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s visit to India and Pakistan in March of 1962.  It was shown in 106 nations. The film was narrated by actor Raymond Massey and directed by Kennedy White House cinematographer and Academy Award-winner Leo Seltzer. Titles: "Jacqueline Kennedy's Asian Journey" (:07-:24). India. Asians cross India's borders. Indian people look on and smile. People farm in...
Topics: India, US Agency, 1962, Asian Journey, First Lady, Jackie Kennedy, Stock Footage Periscope Film
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This WWII training film "Jap Language Useful Phrases" was made for the indoctrination of U.S. Marines. The film begins with footage of captured Japanese soldiers, and a discussion of the importance of the intelligence gained from them which has helped save American lives. Next, the film moves to the classroom where some basic pronunciation guides are shown, and then phrases such as "Surrender", "Cease Fire", "Drop Your Weapons", "Hands Up",...
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This short, silent newsreel, produced for the home market by Castle Films, expresses deep outrage at the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. Due to classification issues at the time the film was made, very little of the damage to Pearl Harbor itself is shown; rather the film focuses on damage to civilian areas of Waikiki and Honolulu. Footage includes: Japanese Emperor Hirohito reviewing his troops, Secretary of State Cordell Hull speaking with Japanese ambassadors,...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Deffintion
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Official Film’s “Journey of Faith” was filmed during the 1950 Holy Year Pilgrimage led by His Eminence Cardinal Francis Spellman. Pope Pius XII created him Cardinal-Priest of Santi Giovanni e Paolo on February 18, 1946.   His Eminence Francis Cardinal Spellman addresses the viewer (0:38). As the spiritual leader of the New York Archdiocese, Cardinal Spellman led a Pilgrimage to Rome, with 500 pilgrims. Viewers see exterior shots of Saint Peter’s Square (1:24). Cardinal Spellman stands...
Topics: Journey Of Faith, 1950, Holy Year, italy, Spain, Malta, Stock Footage
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com This silent newsreel footage shows the results of the Japanese offensive against Shanghai and Chinchow. It likely dates to 1932, when Japan conducted the Jinzhou (Chinchow) Operation and caused the January 28th Incident. The film begins with images of refugees on the move and shows many dead bodies in the street, and fires raging. Various scenes show...
Topics: 1932, Japanese Aggression, Shanghai, Junzhou, Manchuria, January 28th, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1937 and released in both silent and sound versions for the home market by Castle Films, WAR IN CHINA shows the 1937 Japanese assault on Shanghai. At the time the newsreel was produced the United States was strictly neutral and thus the newsreel tended to look more closely at the civilian victims of the conflict and the horror of war than did later Castle releases. The newsreel highlights some of the many Japanese atrocities including the bombing of the Cathay Hotel ( 8:00 ) and the...
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Released by the U.S. War Department during the occupation of Japan, this film is the first reel (only) of the feature film "Prayer at Dawn: Ballad of a Military Expedition of the Favourite Horse. This film was originally released in 1940 during the Showa era. It was directed by Yasushi Sasaki and stars Kinuyo Tanaka and others. The story is centered on a war horse, and depicts a soldier who is on the front lines in China and his wife on the “home front”. The film was created under the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made in 1942 during the German occupation of France, PAR 18 METRES DE FOND or 18 METERS DEEP is a pioneering film shot partially under water by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Philippe Talliez. It was directed by Frederic Dumas who met the pair in 1937. The film was shot in 1941, and its production did not benefit from the SCUBA breathing system that Cousteau would develop and use later in his career. To shoot the underwater scenes a special depth-pressure-proof camera case developed by mechanical...
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Original Japanese newsreels showing U.S. surrender in Philippines and march from Bataan. This original Japanese newsreel apparently dates to 1942, and shows Japanese Imperial Army and Navy forces on the move in the Pacific. The first part of the newsreel either has no soundtrack or the soundtrack was damaged; a later portion has sound. Some of the segments include Japanese forces accepting the surrender of American and Philippine troops at the 18 minute mark. General Jonathan M. Wainwright is...
Topics: Stock footage, Japanese Newsreel, Japanese, WWII, Philippines
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This glorious silent film shows the National Junior Air Races, held in Cleveland, Ohio. The Scripps-Howard National Junior Air Races are almost completely forgotten, but in the 1930s and 40s they represented the premiere competitive arena for aircraft modelers, radio-control and control line pilots.  This rare silent home movie dates to 1939 - 1942, but probably 1942. It was shot by a member of the Cleveland Press staff.  It shows many of the events at the Races, including the weigh-in that...
Topics: 1942, Junior National Air Races, Cleveland, Ohio, Stock Footage
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This circa 1952 kinescope film "Hawthorne Looks at the Weather" is a segment featuring comedian Jim Hawthorne. It begins with a station identification for KNBH Channel 4, Hollywood, California. This was the first iteration of what's now known as KNBC or NBC4, with the NBH standing for National Broadcasting Hollywood (the name changed to KNBC in 1962 when the station moved to Burbank). The show features a series of gags while promoting sponsor Armstrong Tires. The actual weather report...
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Topics: 1952, Jim Hawthorne, Los Angeles, Comedy Program, KNBC, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Willys, the “World’s Largest Manufacturer of Utility Vehicles,” presents the “Jeep Family of 4-Wheel Drive Vehicles and Special Equipment,” a circa 1954 black-and-white film promoting Jeeps produced for civilian use. Following the success of Jeeps during World War II, the film opens with an explanation of how the vehicles soon their way to civilian use. Some of the vehicles seen in this film are used by construction companies, farmers, firefighters, and even at airports to tow...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This 1956 color educational film about American engineers was produced as a Jam Handy Picture for the Chevrolet Division of General Motors, making this film a subtle long advertisement. Different radio telescopes pick of sounds (:35-1:20). Men and women are shown in laboratories. Another writes mathematical equations on a blackboard. Different quick views representing engineers are shown (1:21-2:30). Shown are an hydroelectric dam, rivers splitting around a city, skyscrapers, office buildings,...
Topics: 1956, Jam handy, Chevrolet, General Motors, Stock Footage
John Deere Industrial Tractors and Equipment’s 1959 film, What’s New In Industrial Equipment, shows the full 1959 lineup of the company’s industrial equipment including the 830 and 840 tractors. The “full line in ‘59” drive in a single row across a field (00:28). The line features tractors, back hoes, and bulldozers. A man drives a front loader into a John Deere warehouse. The film provides an up-close look at the engine components of a diesel engine used in the tractors. A 440...
Topic: Stock Footage
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An exhaustive exposition of John Deere’s 1960 offerings in construction, farming, landscaping and logging equipment, set to a lush orchestral soundtrack. (TRT 41:17) Opening title, over an aerial view of a John Deere plant: “John Deere Presents: 1960 Industrial Equipment” (0:07). Tractors pulling sheepsfoot compactors, scrapers, bulldozers, crawlers, wheel loaders, cable plows, trenchers, landscape rakes, seeders and mowers (0:58). The 831 Crawler-Loader demonstrates its features (2:14)....
Topics: 1960, John Deere, Farm Tractor, Landscaping, Construction, Bulldozers, Loaders, Stock Footage,...
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Topics: VHS, 1989-07-26 Japan TV
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by Greg Twombly
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"Gay will excite you with all new moves for Aerobics on and off the step....She will warm you up and take you through the latest moves for an advanced fun and effective Hi-Lo aerobic workout......Gays new Step-n-Strike workout will challenge the advanced steppers...."
Topics: vhs, Gay Casper, Kickboxing Moves, Abs and Stretch
Source: VHS Panasonic AG-1980>Panasonic DMR-E30>CDR via OSX
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Trieste is a Swiss-designed, Italian-built deep-diving research bathyscaphe, which with her crew of two reached a record maximum depth of about 10,911 meters (35,797 ft), in the deepest known part of the Earth's oceans, the Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench near Guam in the Pacific. On 23 January 1960, Jacques Piccard (son of the boat's designer Auguste Piccard) and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh achieved the goal of Project Nekton. Trieste was the first manned vessel to have reached the...
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Presented by the J.I. Case Company, this is a film history of the steam tractor and thresher. Contains rare historic footage of steam powered traction engines as well as footage from demonstration events in the 1950s.
Topics: Tractor, Steam, 1950, Thresher, JI Case, Stock Footage
Educational Films
by Carousel Films
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J. T. Reel 2 Reel 1 available here A dramatization in which, through his devotion to an old wounded alley cat, a lonely boy learns what is real and important in life. Search Educational Film Journals at Media History Project for references to this film
Topics: Educational Film, Series: J.T.
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by Carousel Films
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J. T. Reel 1 Reel 2 available here A dramatization in which, through his devotion to an old wounded alley cat, a lonely boy learns what is real and important in life. Search Educational Film Journals at Media History Project for references to this film
Topics: Educational Film, Series: J.T.
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This silent film shows nearly twenty minutes of the famed Long Count Fight (also known as the Battle Of The Long Count) boxing match. This was actually a rematch between world Heavyweight champion Gene Tunney and former champion Jack Dempsey, held on September 25, 1927, at Soldier Field in Chicago. "Long Count" is applied to the fight because when Tunney was down the count was delayed due to Dempsey's failure to go to and remain in a neutral corner. Whether this "long count"...
Topics: Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, 1927, Boxing, Boxing Match, Stock Footage
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Made by Chrysler Corporation / Dodge to promote their automobiles, "The Hell Driver Formula" features Jack Kochman's famous stunt car team. It dates to about 1981 and is narrated by Lindsey Nelson.   Opening: people in the grand stands watch and wait. A man wraps straps around himself and tugs on another strap. Wearing a helmet, the man stands on the back of a car and the car speeds towards a fire that was set, the man lowers himself in the flames at a fast speed and the title...
Topics: Jack Kochmans, Hells Drivers, 1980s, Chrysler, Dodge, Auto Stunt, Stock Footage
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Made in the early 1960s and featuring actor Jack Webb, who served with the U.S. Marine Corps, this film presents the Armed Forces Code of Conduct, explaining each article and what each means to those in the Armed Services. The film features a re-enactment of a wartime military prison, with U.S. soldiers being held captive by enemies intent on breaking their morale, and extracting valuable information from them.  THIS IS THE CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE U. S. FIGHTING MAN 1. I am an American...
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Made in 1955 and written, shot and edited by the great film director Louis Malle, STATION 307 is an early Jacques Cousteau movie. It shows a research expedition to the Persian Gulf and a dive near Bahrain in search of oil. The film was sponsored by the French arm of British Petroleum, and featured the ship Calypso which later became world famous. STATION 307 was the first of many films to single out the work of Cousteau.     At the time it was made the film offered several revolutionary ideas...
Topics: Jacques, 1955, Underwater, Petroleum, Prospecting, Station 307, Stock Footage
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This short film from NASA shows the agency's collaboration with deep sea explorer and researcher Jacques Cousteau in 1973. At :30 the famed vessel Calypso is shown during a trip to the Antarctic. At :49 Cousteau discusses his research, measuring chlorophyll content and temperature in arctic sea water. At 2:00 a FAX machine is used to transmit information to the Ames Research Center in California. At 2:19 Cousteau discusses a near disaster the Calypso suffered after it collided with an iceberg....
Topic: Stock Footage
Trieste is a Swiss-designed, Italian-built deep-diving research bathyscaphe, which with her crew of two reached a record maximum depth of about 10,911 meters (35,797 ft), in the deepest known part of the Earth's oceans, the Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench near Guam in the Pacific. On 23 January 1960, Jacques Piccard (son of the boat's designer Auguste Piccard) and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh achieved the goal of Project Nekton. Trieste was the first manned vessel to have reached the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This novelty film "Ten Fathoms Deep" shows Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his revolutionary SCUBA equipment. Shot in the earliest era of Cousteau's explorations of the undersea world, this film hints at what Cousteau would accomplish in the depths in the post-WWII world. Jacques-Yves Cousteau AC (French: [ʒak iv kusto]; commonly known in English as Jacques Cousteau; 11 June 1910 – 25 June 1997) was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist,...
Topic: Stock Footage
Featuring actor / pilot James Stewart and beloved newsman and entertainer Arthur Godfrey, this film promotes the International AeroClassic, an air show that took place only once — in November of 1965 at Palm Springs, California. Unfortunately for Palm Springs and event organizers, the event took place in inclement weather. The AeroClassic racked up considerable debts and put the organization behind it into bankruptcy. At  4:20 , Miss Ila Johnson is seen arriving to open the AeroClassic....
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This silent film was test footage for a promotional film "Wings of the New Japan" for Japan Air Lines, now J.A.L. It was likely made shortly after the start of international service in 1954. The film features images of the "City of Nagoya" DC-6B aircraft and shows in-flight service, a stop over in Honolulu, Hawaii where Waikiki Beach and the airport are shown, and some images of Japan at 2:00 . At 1:49 the camera crew making the film is briefly shown. Starting at 3:37 ,...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This WWII War Bond film, titled simply "EVERY WAR BOND KILLS A JAP!", was made to encourage the purchase of bonds and stamps in support of the war effort.  The film contains startling images of Japanese war atrocities, including images of Chinese babies being thrown onto bayonets, the burying of human beings alive, the Nanking massacre, and wanton killing of civilians.  Justice for the soldiers of Japan is needed, and the film makes clear that the only way that these crimes will be...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Massacre, War Crime, China, World War II
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Produced in 1938 by the United Council for Civilian Relief in China, an organization led by Theodore Roosevelt Jr., this film vividly shows the nation of China under assault by the Japanese Imperial Army and documents the brutality of the invaders.  The UCCR was created before U.S. involvement in WWII when the nation was technically a neutral power.  Some Americans however felt it was important to speak out against Japanese aggression and the war crimes that were being committed.  The film...
Topics: China, American Propaganda During World War II, Chiang Kai-shek, Propaganda Film, Rape of Nanking,...
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Made by the U.S. Navy, this silent film shows the aircraft carrier USS Franklin both before, during and after the Japanese attack that crippled and nearly sank the ship.  The USS Franklin (CV/CVA/CVS-13, AVT-8), nicknamed "Big Ben," was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy, and the fifth US Navy ship to bear the name. Commissioned in January 1944, she served in several campaigns in the Pacific War, earning four battle stars. She...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Produced in 1965 as part of the "Twentieth Century" TV series with Walter Cronkite, THE PRIDE AND THE SHAME tells the story of the Japanese internment, and the brave actions of patriotic Japanese-Americans such as Daniel Inouye who bravely served in the U.S. Army as part of the 442nd during WWII. Also contains footage of the aftermath of a Japanese submarine shelling the United States -- at about the 4:09 mark you'll see footage of the Santa Barbara refinery hit by the Japanese. The...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Internment Of The Japanese, Nisei, Japanese,...
This 1939 black and white documentary film “The Tragedy of the Siege of Shanghai” provides on-the-scene reporting of the first Japanese invasion of China. It was produced by E.W. Hammons, founder of Educational Pictures, filmed with Leon Britton and Charles Hugo in Shanghai. Actual footage shows Japanese military aircraft flying over Shanghai and the first bomb hitting. Additional bombs follow and smoke fills the skies ( 1:00 - 1:35 ). People run in panic as more bombs strike. The city...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
"The Transportation and Communication of Japan" is a black and white, restricted film created between 1942 and 1947. It was official film #MISC 1061 and was produced for the War Department (which was dissolved September, 1947) by the Army Pictorial Service (created in 1942 by General George C. Marshall). It was assembled from Japanese films and used in the Civil Affairs Training Schools conducted by the Provost Marshal General. Its main purpose was to inform the viewers -- presumably...
Topic: Stock Footage
This WWII issue of the Army-Navy Screen magazine tells the story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an infantry regiment of the United States Army, that was composed almost entirely of American soldiers of Japanese ancestry who fought in World War II. Most of the families of mainland Japanese Americans were confined to internment camps in the United States interior. Beginning in 1944, the regiment fought primarily in Europe during World War II, in particular Italy, southern France, and...
Topic: Stock Footage
This WWII issue of the Army-Navy Screen magazine tells the story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an infantry regiment of the United States Army, that was composed almost entirely of American soldiers of Japanese ancestry who fought in World War II. Most of the families of mainland Japanese Americans were confined to internment camps in the United States interior. Beginning in 1944, the regiment fought primarily in Europe during World War II, in particular Italy, southern France, and...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Dating to 1949, TROPICAL MOUNTAIN ISLAND was directed by Victor Jurgens. The film shows rare views of Java and discusses its geography, crafts, and produce, including quinine bark, tea plantations, sisal plants, cocoa trees, kapok pods, sugar cane, rubber latex and rice. 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...
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This well-made silent film, apparently made by Ken Mershon, shows Jerome, Arizona and the surrounding area as it appeared in the late 1960s or early 1970s when it was still considered a ghost town. Jerome is a town in the Black Hills of Yavapai County in the U.S. state of Arizona. Founded in the late 19th century on Cleopatra Hill overlooking the Verde Valley, it is more than 5,000 feet (1,500 m) above sea level. It is about 100 miles (160 km) north of Phoenix along State Route 89A between...
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This 1960 color film about Jerusalem is part of “The Land of the Bible” series, a Family Films Production. It highlights different religions but makes many references specifically to Jesus. The film opens with a view of Jerusalem from a distance that moves into the stone walls.   A young boy walks down the slope next to a large stone wall. The city on the hill is panned from multiple angles to include the Islamic Dome of the Rock (:14- 2:15 ). Priests walk in a processional, followed by...
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Dating to the year 1933, this silent film from the Chicago Public School System under Superintendent of Schools, Dr. William J. Bogan celebrates "A Century of Progress handicapped children". (The "Century of Progress" was the name of the Chicago World's Fair of this same time period). The film gives an extraordinary glimpse into "state of the art" education for children with disabilities in the first part of the 20th Century, and is one of a couple films in our...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
JATO (acronym for jet-assisted take off), is a type of assisted take-off for helping overloaded aircraft into the air by providing additional thrust in the form of small rockets. This rare film from 1963 was created in the aftermath of a fatal accident involving a mis-handled JATO rocket. In it, an Air Force safety officer lectures about JATO bottles, how they should be handled, and how they can be safely used. The B-47 Stratojet aircraft is featured. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topic: Stock Fotoage
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Dating to 1959, this program about the USS Forrestal shows the U.S. Navy's most modern aircraft carrier operating in peacetime, but on a war footing. Rear Admiral James Lloyd Griffin is seen discussing the tactical purposes of the carrier, and Captain Allen M. Shinn, who commanded the ship in 1958-59, is seen in command. The ship's complement of aircraft in this era includes the Skyhawk (including a nuclear-armed version shown releasing a dummy bomb at the 13 minute mark), Corsair II, Douglas...
Topics: Jet Carrier, USS Forrestal, Sixth Fleet, Mediterranean Operations, Stock Footage
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This film (which actually starts around 1:24, after a U.S. Marine Corps promo) is a collection of five episodes of Jim Hawthorne’s Funny World, a short comedy series from 1960. The first episode starts with footage of a locomotive crashing head-on into another locomotive (1:41). A dentist taps on the teeth of a male lion in a zoo as the lion is restrained by ropes and a piece of wood is used to hold its mouth open. Chickens roost at a “chicken hotel.” Japanese women disembark from a...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This silent 8mm home movie shows a variety of things but by far the most exciting is a stunt show by Jimmie Lunch and his Death Dodgers. You can see it starting about 20:41 into the film. Daredevil Jimmie Lynch and his "Death Dodgers" traveled the country throughout the 1940s and ‘50s, performing spectacular stunts in flimsy cars. They jumped over cars and trucks, smashed through flaming walls, and sent their vehicles tipping over on two wheels. Lynch himself was famous for riding...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This 1939 film has a hilarious premise -- stunt driver Jimmie Lynch gives a radio show host the ride of his life.  Jimmie Lynch and his Death Dodgers were famous for their "Thrill Hunter" shows.  Auto thrill shows were a staple at State Fairs and other outdoor entertainment venues in this country. In the 1930s there were many pioneer auto show outfits operated by brave men like Joie Chitwood, Stoney Roberts, Lucky Teeter (who died giving a performance) and Jimmie Lynch who provided...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Dodge, Auto Show, Auto Stunt, Stunt Driver
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One of the "Greatest Drama" TV series syndicated in1953, "The Wild Blue Yonder" focuses on General James Doolittle, better known as Jimmy Doolittle. James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle (December 14, 1896 – September 27, 1993) was an American aviation pioneer. A Reserve officer in the United States Army Air Corps, Doolittle was recalled to active duty during World War II and awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid, a...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This film shows two fights between Joe Louis the "Brown Bomber" and Max Schmeling. The first fight between Louis and Schmeling took place on June 19, 1936, at the famous Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York, and was one of the greatest upsets in boxing history. The referee was the legendary Arthur Donovan, and the stadium was sold out. The bout was scheduled for fifteen rounds. By round twelve, Schmeling was far ahead on the judges' scorecards. Finally, he landed a right to Louis' body,...
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The Johannesburg City Council presents “After Sixty Years,” a circa 1946 black-and-white film narrated by Frank Secker that tells the history of the South African city. Johannesburg was named and established in 1886 two years after the discovery of gold on what had been a farm in an area considered a bleak and barren wilderness (mark  01:14 ). The film re-enacts that historic discovery starting at mark  01:41 , and we learn how the news spread quickly, leading to gold hunters flooding the...
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The JD 860 Scraper is a short promotional film from John Deere, touting the features of the “money-saving” JD 860 Scraper, which John Deere released in 1969. The film (from 1969 or the early 1970s) features over 15 minutes of footage of the JD 860 Scraper at work. The film opens with a pristine JD 860 ( 00:44 ) before cutting to the JD 860 in action ( 01:15 ). The elevating scrapper with its 215-net flywheel horsepower diesel engine has a 37,500-cubic foot capacity, maximizing time on the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Directed by Reid H. Ray for John Deere, FARMER OF THE YEAR dates to the 1950s. This verite drama tells the story of a father and son who team up, under the system of conservation farming, to increase productivity on their family farm. The father wins "Farmer of the Year" honors but (spoiler alert) honors his son in the process. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting? ...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This John Deere film from 1961 "Men, Ideas and Tractors" shows how new tractors are designed, built, and tested before being approved for mass manufacturing. The design and early manufacturing stages occur at John Deere’s Waterloo, Iowa operation ( 00:09 ). Engineers meet to compare designs and work out issues for the new generation of tractors (in this case, it is the 2010, 2010U, 3010, and 4010 models). Electronic computers are used to help work out problems ( 01:17 ), like gear...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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“If there is one unchanging theme that runs throughout these separate stories, it is that everything changes but change itself. We live in an age of movement and change, both evolutionary and revolutionary, both good and evil--and in such an age a university has a special obligation to hold fast to the best of the past and move fast to the best of the future.” That statement, delivered by President John F. Kennedy on May 18, 1963, in Nashville at the 90th Anniversary Convocation of...
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In June of 1963, President John F. Kennedy embarked on a visit to five Western European nations for the purpose of spreading good will and building unity among America's allies. His first stop was West Germany. President Kennedy arrived in West Berlin on June 26, 1963, following appearances in Bonn, Cologne and Frankfurt, where he had given speeches to huge, wildly cheering crowds. In Berlin, an immense crowd gathered in the Rudolph Wilde Platz near the Berlin Wall to listen to the President...
Topic: Stock Footage
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The Battle of Midway is a stirring, beautiful, and poignant 1942 American documentary film short directed by John Ford. It is a montage of color footage of the Battle of Midway with voice overs of various narrators, including Johnny Governali, Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, and Jane Darwell. The film begins with a male narrator (Ray Milland) explaining where Midway Island is and its strategic importance, and shows the PBY Catalina seaplane base (previously used by Pan Am for its flying boats)....
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December 7th: The Movie is a 1943 propaganda film produced by the U.S. Navy about the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, showing life before, during, and after the 7 December 1941 attack. This 32-minute version is the censored version of the film, pared down from the original 82 minutes, as the original “asked some embarrassing questions . . . . [and] the film had a lot of time devoted to the culture of the 160,000 Japanese-Americans in Hawaii and their response to the attack.” This censored...
Topics: John Fords, December 7th, 1943, Pearl harbor Attack, Stock Footage
Made by the U.S. Air Force in the 1980s, HIGH FLIGHT presents the famous poem by John Gillespie Magee, Jr. as read by actor William Conrad. This version features the then-new F-15 Eagle. (The aircraft are apparently from various squadrons including those marked "LA" which are from the 405th Tactical Fighter Training Wing, and the 27th TFS/1st TFW "Fighting Eagles", tail code "FF", based in Langley AFB, VA. This short film was often used on television in the 1980s...
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John Grierson's "Granton Trawler" was one of the only films that noted filmmaker and critic John Grierson directed himself. The documentary style film was made in 1934, and was noted for its experimental use of sound without voice over. The film is about the "Isabella Grieg" which was a fishing trawler that traveled from Granton Harbour to through the east coast of Edinburgh, then to the fishing grounds between Shetland and Norway. These are on Viking Bank which is between...
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Let There Be Light is a 1946 American documentary film directed by John Huston. The film, commissioned by the United States Army Signal Corps, was the final entry in a John Huston trilogy of films produced at the request of the U.S. Government. This documentary film follows 75 U.S. soldiers who have sustained debilitating emotional trauma and depression. A series of scenes chronicle their entry into a psychiatric hospital, their treatment and eventual recovery. Some of the treatments involved...
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"Report From the Aleutians" is a documentary propaganda film produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps about the Aleutian Islands Campaign during World War II. It was directed and narrated by John Huston. In contrast to the other technicolor films made in the Pacific war, Report from the Aleutians has relatively little combat footage, and instead concentrates on the daily lives of the servicemen on Adak Island, as they live and work there while flying missions over nearby Kiska. The film...
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“Space Project” is a short 1950s film from Johnson & Johnson and produced by Henry Strauss and Company. Part of the Stop Look Listen films made by Johnson & Johnson for Drug Store owners and operators to improve their business, this film focuses on the importance of managing the space and inventory of the modern drug store. The film begins with Charlie Higgins of Higgins & Son Pharmacists speaking to the camera from inside of his drug store about how Johnson & Johnson is...
Topics: Johnson And Johnson Pharmaceutical Co., 1960s, DRug Store, Stock Footage
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Dating to the late 1920s, this film from the collection of Jeff Villencia shows the Kreutzer Air Coach, a trimotor airplane built by the Joseph Kreutzer Corp. at Clover Field in Santa Monica, California. The company opened on the verge of the Great Depression and apparently did not survive for long --  operations were suspended in 1931. It was later reorganized as the Air Transport Manufacturing Company in 1935. The Air Coach was the fifth type of trimotor approved in the U.S., the first being...
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This short, silent film from the 1940s features "Glamorous, Exciting Stars" -- pin-ups, dancers and burlesque acts. It was one of many films made during this era which were called "smokers", and ranged from harmless films like this one filled with posing, to more raunchy XXX movies. At  1:22  the film includes a segment featuring Josette, the "darling of the American Army in Africa and Italy" who was "photographed in Oran, North Africa in 1943". Josette...
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Made by the Church World Service and the great filmmaker Julien Bryan, DAYBREAK shows the refugee crisis that gripped Central Europe in the aftermath of WWII. The film follows a single refugee named Roland Venner who is searching for his mother in Linz, Austria. Roland, who had been a divinity student in the pre-war era but ended up in a Russian prisoner camp, now lives as a man without a country. The film shows Roland's story while containing as a backdrop war-torn Austria. As a Church World...
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Released in February 1940, the first non-German produced footage covering the start of World War II, the film became for many viewers their first glimpses into Nazi tactics, the first visual proof of the horrors of modern warfare. When Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, the only American, and in fact the only neutral filmmaker in the country, was Julien Bryan. He arrived in Warsaw in early September with a cache of roughly an hour's worth of 35mm motion-picture negative. Given open...
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This historic film shows a portion of the Kitchen Debate. The Kitchen Debate was a series of impromptu exchanges (through interpreters) between then U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at the opening of the American National Exhibition at Sokolniki Park in Moscow on July 24, 1959. For the exhibition, an entire house was built that the American exhibitors claimed anyone in America could afford. It was filled with labor-saving and recreational devices meant to...
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This fascinating full color, silent home movie from June, 1941 shows the American Sokol Slet, a gymnastics and sporting competition, held in Chicago including Soldier Field. The film begins with important members of the organizing committee meeting to plan the games. At 1:27, a sign announcing the games is seen at the Sokol headquarters and shortly thereafter is a title card noting that for three days competitions in diving, gymnastics, swimming and athletics were held in Douglas Park, Pilsen...
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Dating to June 9, 1967, this silent footage shows Operation Akron. In the footage elements of the 75th Cavalry are seen crashing through the jungle on a search and destroy operation. The infantry are supported by tanks that appear to be M-48 Pattons. At 1:13, a landmine has been discovered in the road and sweeps are made with mine detectors for additional devices. At about 2:22 the mine is remotely detonated. At 2:36 the hole left from destroying the mine is examined. At 8:18, a medical clinic...
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Normandy Invasion is a black and white, United States Coast Guard Report number 4 film. It was probably filmed in 1944 as a report of the invasion of Normandy, France. The United States Coast Guard is a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and has been active in every war since 1790. Their role is defense operations, maritime law enforcement, and search and rescue. During war time, they carry troops to battle.  The film opens showing a coast guard boat depositing troops on the Normandy, France...
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U.S. Coast Guard Motion Picture Digest June 1945 No. 2 is a silent newsreel-style film of the events of World War II in May and June 1945 that involved the U.S. Coast Guard. Fully loaded Coast Guard-manned FSs (freight and supply Army ships) leave Leyte and head for northern Mindanao. The ships slowly leave Leyte’s harbor (00:33) on 8 May 1945. A monkey sits on a ladder of one of the ships. A member of the crew charts the ship’s course. The FSs arrive at the Bay of Macajalar, Mindanao....
Topics: June, 1945, US Coast Guard, USCG
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by London, Jack, 1876-1916. Scorn of women; Norfolk Communications, Ltd; Canadian Film Development Corporation; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation
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An interview with Jack Wickert, former member of the SF Mime Troupe and cofounder of "The Farm."
Topics: Mission District, SF Mime Troupe, The Farm