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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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by Marshall, John. drt; Marshall, Lorna. wam; Galvin, Frank; Marshall, Laurence K. pro
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Director, photographer, Johnn Marshall; script, Lorna Marshall; editor, Frank Galvin
Topics: !Kung (African people), Ethnology, Hunting, Primitive, Manners and customs
PeriscopeFilm
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Dating to 1915, this black & white, silent film promotes General Electric's "King of the Rails" electric locomotives built for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road). These locomotives formed two classes designated EP-1 and EF-1. There were eventually forty two such boxcab electric locomotives built by the American Locomotive Company (Alco) in service, and the remained in operation into the 1950s. Opening titles: King of the Rails presented by...
Topics: King Of The Rails, General Electric, Milwaukee Road, Electric Locomotives, Stock Footage
"Know Your Ally: Britain" is a 1944 black and white propaganda movie narrated by Walter Huston that reviews the British effort in WWII. It is a complimentary examination of America's "ally to the east". The film opens on a screen with the text: “Subsequent films of this series will deal with the other peoples beside whom we fight and with whom we stand or fall”. Football game is played. :33. War zone explosions and soldiers running 1:00. International armies and...
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Topic: Stock Footage
In this 1968 Armed Forces information film (AFIF 172), viewers see several Viet Cong/COSVN propaganda films (captured by American forces near the Cambodian border) that show military operations, logistics and demolition planning, and non-military activities of the Viet Cong from their point of view. The film begins with a shot of the motion picture trademark of COSVN or the Central Office for South Vietnam, the communist organization and command headquarters that is directing the communist war...
Topic: Stock Footage
PeriscopeFilm
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One of a series of films made by the U.S. Army to educate recruits about the Code of Conduct, this film discusses the duty of soldiers to keep faith with fellow prisoners, follow orders from superiors, and share no information with the enemy, or take part in any action which might harm fellow prisoners. The film also reminds prisoners of the succession of leadership: "if I am senior, I will take command". Produced in 1959 during the Cold War, the film seems to show an Eastern European...
Topics: Keep Faith, Army Code Of Conduct, Cold War, Prison Camp, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
PeriscopeFilm
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This black & white educational film is about the formation of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance between countries to safeguard the freedom and security of all its members by political and military means. Collective defense is at the heart of the Alliance and creates a spirit of solidarity and cohesion among its members.  The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949. Copyright of this film is...
Topics: Keeping The Peace, 1951, North Atlantic Treaty, Organization Promotional Film, Nato Exercise, Stock...
This graphic Korean War era (1950-1953) reel of raw footage, filmed by a US serviceman, documents operations of UN Intervention force and the US Marines in Korea, near Pusan and Masan. It features the U.S. Marines VMAT-502 / Attack Squadron 513 at their airbase, handling of North Korean POWs, and the work of the local Korean people to bury the bodies of the dead at a temporary UN cemetery at Masan. It may also show the aftermath of an atrocity, as many dead civilians are seen in the...
Topic: Stock Footage
Dating to the Korean War, this raw footage starts with a shot of a North Korean or Chinese soldier surrendering to U.S. Army soldiers. The enemy combatant at :16 appears to be an officer. At :30 smoke from an artillery strike is visible and at :47 what appears to be an air strike slams onto a distant ridge. At 1:00 a wide shot of the battlefield is shown and more artillery strikes are evident. At 2:45 in a scene reminiscent of the TV series MASH, a medical evacuation occurs by Bell Model 47...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Created in the Spring of 1951, this Staff Film Report was one of many created and shown to select members of the armed forces during the Korean War. This particular episode shows combat patrol by British and Belgian troops operating under United Nations mandate north of Seoul. U.N. artillery prepares to fire on Chinese troops. Lt. General Van Fleet visits the front lines, 3rd Division of the 8th Army. Aerial photo reconnaissance is shown. Winter clothing tests at Fort Lee, Virginia are also...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This fascinating silent 16mm home movie was shot by Robert Gros, a Stanford graduate who served as a lecturer in political science, and worked very hard against post-WWII attitudes of appeasement especially with regards to the Soviet Threat. The movie contains images of Gros' trip to Asia with stops in Japan and ultimately, Korea. The film begins with a visit to "bleak and tragic" Iwo Jima, where Gros and his wife visit a memorial and walk on the black sandy beaches. At 1:56, the...
Topic: Stock Footage
PeriscopeFilm
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Made by Kendall Motor Oil, COMPETITION DRIVER is a rare 1958 movie for and about people who love cars and racing.   You'll see some great vintage types in the film including foreign makes like Jaguars, Sprites, Maserati, Ferrari, and Formula 1 Coopers, Corvettes and so on, going through their paces at Watkins Glen. There are shots in the pits, shots on the racetrack, and spectacular car accidents, spin outs. It really takes you inside the world of the track! See what happens before the races,...
Topics: 1958, Kendall, Motor Oil, Driver, Glen Motor, Speedway, Stock Footage
PeriscopeFilm
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Dating to 1959, these silent Kodachrome home movies begin at Stewart Air Force Base in Tennessee, where Armed Forces Day is celebrated (May 17th) with a big air show. B-52 airplanes are seen flying in formation as well as other aircraft. At 2:27 the ladies in the family play a friendly game of cards. The men do so at 2:51 . At 3:00 , downtown skyscrapers are seen, possibly Nashville or Lexington but then again, maybe not! At 3:41 , horses are seen doing dressage. At 7:20 the family station...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
“Analysis Of Bulk Plant Fire” is a black-and-white film created by the American Petroleum Institute circa 1960 and narrated by John A. Ainlay. The film begins with news footage from a 1959 petroleum bulk plant fire in Kansas City, Missouri, and an explanation of events that led up to the fire. (The accidental fire began, we are told at mark 02:58 , as gasoline was being transferred into a tanker. The fire spread to the service station and adjacent tankers.) Six firefighters were killed. The...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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Created in 1943 by the propaganda department of the Nazi government under Minister Goebbels (and entirely in German), this rare film shows evidence of the Katyn Forest Massacre.   This was a mass execution of Polish nationals carried out by the Soviet secret police, in April and May 1940.   The number of victims is estimated at about 22,000. The victims were murdered in the Katyn Forest in Russia, the Kalinin and Kharkiv prisons and elsewhere. Of the total killed, about 8,000 were officers...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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Created in 1943 by the propaganda department of the Nazi government under Minister Goebbels (and entirely in German), this rare film shows evidence of the Katyn Forest Massacre.  This was a mass execution of Polish nationals carried out by the Soviet secret police, in April and May 1940.  The number of victims is estimated at about 22,000. The victims were murdered in the Katyn Forest in Russia, the Kalinin and Kharkiv prisons and elsewhere. Of the total killed, about 8,000 were officers...
Topic: Stock Footage
PeriscopeFilm
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cThis black & white promotional film dates to the early era of television and station KCOP-TV in Hollywood, California. The film shows the station's capabilities and gives an idea what is available for commercial clients, including new sound stages at the facility located at 915 N. La Brea Ave. The bit is hosted by Peter Hansen, a WWII veteran who was a working television actor and commercial spokesman, who also briefly served as the station's news anchor in the early 1960s. Opening: Sign...
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Topics: KCOP, TV, KCOP TV, Hollywood Studio, Commercial, Television Advertising, Promo Film, Stock Footage
The start of this home movie shows some activities at the Keewaydin Canoe Camp circa 1928-1929 and was apparently shot by a staff member.  You'll see swimming, boating and other activities. At 3:40 a large party of armed men appear poised to go on a game hunt. Around 3:50 a large mansion is seen; this building is also shown at 4:40. It's possibly a hotel given its vast size.  At 8:50 what appears to be a graduation ceremony or confirmation for young women is seen. At 14:40 more modern footage...
Topic: Stock Footage
We flew to Christchurch is a short film from the 1950s that shows KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ participation in the handicap section of the 1953 Canterbury Air Race from London. KLM flies the new DC 6A Liftmaster, “Dr. Ir. M. H. Damme,” a freighter converted into a passenger plane. The film opens at the airport in London where the KLM Liftmaster prepares for the race; the Duke of Bluster and Dr. Albert Plesman, president of KLM, watch the plane take off. The Liftmaster takes off (01:05), and...
Topic: Stock Footage
PeriscopeFilm
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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines presents “Air Freight,” a black-and-white promotional film designed to inform the viewer of that particular business mode. “This most modern form is transport” is used to provide consumers with a variety of items including those found on breakfast tables each morning. Mark  01:23  takes the viewer to an airport in Amsterdam where KLM Royal Dutch Airlines annual handles 15,000 tons of freight, including birds, monkeys, horses, lions, and tigers. Various...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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KNOW YOUR ALLY: BRITAIN is a 45-minute propaganda film made in 1944. It was narrated by Walter Huston and produced by the United States War Department and Signal Corp to solidify Anglo-American solidarity within the ranks as well as counter Nazi propaganda aimed at weakening the Alliance. The film was one of the 17 documentaries supervised by producer-director Frank Capra (including the famed "Why We Fight" series).  The "Know Your Enemy" / "Know Your Ally" was...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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Produced by the Princeton Film Center in cooperation with the Institute of Pacific Relations, narrated by Radcliffe Hall and featuring text by Major George Fielding Eliot, "Know Your Enemy Japan!" attempts to answer such vital questions as: How large in the Japanese Empire? Is Japan self-sufficient in food? What is Japan's naval and military strength? What are the living standards of the Japanese people? What are Japan's vital weaknesses? How can Japan be defeated?" It includes...
Topics: Frank Capra, Know Your Enemy, Propaganda, War In China, World War II, Film, George Fielding Eliot,...
PeriscopeFilm
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This World War II training film KNOW YOUR ENEMY: GERMAN EQUIPMENT was originally made by the British Paramount News for the Ministry of Information. The film attempts to educate soldiers, tankers and other combatants about the material resources and equipment of the German Wehrmacht, and discusses how to defeat tanks and other weapons with small arms and anti-personnel weapons. "To know your enemy, know his weakness and his strength, gives you edge over him." Here we have more...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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This 1980 color educational film, “The Film/Paper Story” was presented by the Eastman Kodak Company. A clown applies white, red, and black face paint.  He puts on his wig, red nose, and white gloves. He creates a balloon dog, followed by a photo of him (:14-:39). Images followed by photos are of bicycling, roller skating, skateboarding, tennis, birthday cake candles, strumming a guitar, golf, football, cereal, waxing a saddle, grilling hotdogs, and a wedding (:40-1:34). The narrator...
Topics: Kodak, Film, Paper Story, Photography, 1980, Stock Footage
PeriscopeFilm
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This 1960s commercial shows the new Kodak Instamatic 110 Camera, and the Kodacolor II film cartridge. The pictures from the camera are compared to those from a 126 negative, and look virtually identical. The Instamatic was a series of inexpensive, easy-to-load 126 and 110 cameras made by Kodak beginning in 1963. The Instamatic was immensely successful, introducing a generation to low-cost photography and spawning numerous imitators. During its heyday, the range was so ubiquitous that the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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The newsreel “Combat Bulletin No. 113 Of the Armed Forces: Stalemate in Korea” provides an update on events in Korea during the summer of 1951—limited ground combat against the backdrop of the truce talks at the Kaesong Conference. The first clip shows a U.S. patrol infiltrating enemy territory northwest of Inje, where U.S. troops use hit-and-run tactics to inflict damage ( 01:24 ). A Communications team prepares to erect a VHF station by reviewing plans ( 03:06 ). A combination of pack...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This historic silent newsreel shows the events leading up to the Korean War, as well as United Nations forces in action attempting to stop the Russian-trained North Korean army. The film was apparently made in the early part of the war prior to the September, 1950 assault at Inchon that cut off and effectively crippled the North Korean invaders. The Korean War was a war between North and South Korea, in which a United Nations force led by the United States of America fought for the South, and...
Topic: Stock Footage
PeriscopeFilm
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This silent German film "Mit Kruezer Emden In Die Welt" shows the exploits of the light cruiser Emden in World War II, starting with footage shot in 1936/1937. The film shows the ship cruising to Cagliari, Sardinia at  1:14 , with rare footage shot aboard the ship showing crew activities including cleaning, sewing, laundry, etc. At  2:30  the ship arrives to a heroic welcome in Sardinia. At  3:03 , the title card states "a visit to the Opera Ballila", or the Opera...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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The 1962 Owen Murphy Productions film for Bell Telephone “Krystallos” starts with close-up footage of quartz crystals, one of the most common minerals on Earth (:07), and shifts to a drawing of a watercolor painting depicting mountains and meadows (:30), before shifting to an icy blue quartz (:45). The word “crystal” is derived from the Greek word krystallos, meaning “clear ice.” The film’s narrator describes how two young French brothers, Jacques and Pierre Curie, discovered...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
A/V Geeks
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This news break from 21st Century Explorers is a 30 second video which introduces major questions about planet Mars.
Topics: NASA, KSNN
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Episode 10 of 21st Century Explorer looks at what is found on the moon’s surface. The 60-second video is intended for grades 3-5.
Topic: NASA
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Episode 10 of 21st Century Explorer looks at what is found on the moon’s surface. The 60-second video is intended for grades 3-5. In Spanish
Topic: NASA
Episode 11 of 21st Century Explorers looks at what a weather report from Mars would be like. The 60-second video is intended for grades 3-5.
Topic: NASA
Episode 11 of 21st Century Explorers looks at what a weather report from Mars would be like. The 60-second video is intended for grades 3-5. In Spanish.
Topic: NASA
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The final episode of 21st Century Explorers looks at the role of imagination in exploration. This 60-second video is intended for grades 3-5.
Topic: NASA
The final episode of 21st Century Explorers looks at the role of imagination in exploration. This 60-second video is intended for grades 3-5. In Spanish
Topic: NASA
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This is 30 second newsbreak from KSNN about explorers of the 21st century for grades 3-5.
Topic: NASA
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Episode 2 of 21st Century Explorers looks the food astronauts eat while in space. The 60-second video is intended for grades 3-5.
Topic: NASA
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Episode 3 of 21st Century Explorers takes a look at how your body would change in space. This 60-second video is intended for grades 3-5.
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Episode 4 of 21st Century Explorers looks at how we can travel faster in space. This 60-second video is intended for grades 3-5.
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This 60-second video looks at why robots are used for space travel. It is intended for grades 3-5.
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This episode of 21st Century Explorers looks at why we plan to return to the moon before exploring Mars and other space destinations. This 60-second video is intended for grades 3-5.
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Episode 9 of 21st Century Explorers looks at the need for water and oxygen during space exploration. This 60-second video is intended for grades 3-5.
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This 60-second video looks at NASA’s plans to replace the existing space shuttle. Artist’s concepts of the new vehicle are presented. This video is intended for grades 3-5.
Topics: NASA, KSNN
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This 60-second video looks at NASA’s plans to replace the existing space shuttle. Artist’s concepts of the new vehicle are presented. This video is intended for grades 3-5. In Spanish
Topics: NASA, KSNN
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by NASA; Langley Research Center
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KSNN Compilation 1
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KSNN Compilation 10
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KSNN Compilation 11
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KSNN Compilation 12
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KSNN Compilation 14
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KSNN Compilation 15
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KSNN Compilation 17
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KSNN Compilation 2
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by NASA; Langley Research Center
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KSNN Compilation 3
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KSNN Compilation 4
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KSNN Compilation 6
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KSNN Compilation 7
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“¿Cuándo llegaremos?” no es tan solo una pregunta que hacen los niños inquietos, sino que también la hacen los exploradores que están en búsqueda de mundos nuevos. Somos seres llenos de curiosidad y necesitamos explorar.
Topic: NASA
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Desde la antigüedad, las personas han contemplado el espacio y se han preguntado sobre sus misterios. La inmensidad del espacio nos ha abierto la mente, pero su gran tamaño no nos ha permitido una exploración rápida. Queremos explorar mundos distantes, pero, ¿cómo podemos viajar más rápido para así llegar aun más lejos en el espacio?
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¡Vamos a despegar! Qué fascinante es ver y explorar mundos nuevos. El cambiar nuestro ambiente en la Tierra por el ambiente del espacio es muy emocionante. Pero, un ambiente “normal para la Tierra” es muy distinto a un ambiente “normal para el espacio”. El espacio tiene uno de los ambientes más peligrosos que hemos explorado. A medida que cambie el ambiente, también cambiará el cuerpo del astronauta.
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Alimento. Agua. Aire. Refugio. Todos los seres vivientes tienen estas necesidades básicas. En la Tierra, sabemos donde conseguirlos. En el espacio, estas cosas tienen que ser transportadas desde la Tierra. El astronauta en el espacio necesita 30,60 kilogramos (75,32 libras) de comida, agua, y aire diariamente para mantenerse saludable. Imagínate que una tripulación de 3 astronautas en una misión de un año necesitará 33.000 kilogramos (70.000 libras) de comida, agua, y aire. Sería...
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El ser humano ha adorado y estudiado la Luna desde hace siglos. Los primitivos Aztecas construyeron una pirámide en Méjico para la “diosa” Luna. Hoy, las personas aún hablan de “el hombre en la Luna”. En la Tierra, las personas siempre han soñado con vida en la Luna, hasta creer que había mares lunares o “maria” (en latín) en la superficie lunar.
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El planeta Marte siempre nos ha maravillado. ¿Por qué es rojo? ¿Hubo agua en su superficie? ¿Encontraremos vida en este planeta? Las respuestas a estas y otras preguntas vendrán después de estudiar y viajar a Marte.
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