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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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“Labor Comes of Age” is a black and white 1960s short from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films Inc. that focuses on the history of the United States labor movement during the 1930s and the accomplishments of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Actor Charlton Heston narrates the spoken words of F.D.R. throughout the film, and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt served as a consultant. Opening credits (0:18). A political cartoon depicts men on strike, “By Honest Means we Obtain Our Rights” (0:44). Workers at a sewing...
Topics: Labor Comes Of Age, Labor Movement, Great Depression, 1960, School Film. Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the nation of Mexico. This was made in 1939, in collaboration with Wallace W. Atwood, an American geographer and geologist who served as president of Clark University. Opening titles: Encyclopaedia Britannica Films presents Land of Mexico (:06-:25). Map shows the land of Mexico, directly south of the United States. Palm trees southern Atlantic Coast. Palm trees near a building. Port of Vera Cruz, harbor. Workers in large sombreros load a ship...
Topics: Land Of Mexico, 1939, Mexico City, Vera Cruz, Adobe, Construction, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color educational film is about the introduction of the White Alice Communications Antenna System as well as daily life in Alaska. This was made in 1959. Mountains and glaciers of Alaska. Alaska's new antennas for a long distance telephone system, known as white alice. Snow covered landscapes. Aerial shots of the antennas. Snowy mountains. Map shot of Alaska. The White Alice Communications System was a United States Air Force telecommunication network with 80 radio stations constructed in...
Topics: Alice, Alaska, Radio, Telephone, Dew Line, Stock Footage
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This black & white film "Let My People Go: The Story of Israel" dates to 1965, when it was nominated for the Academy Award.  It was directed by Marshall Flaum and produced by David Wolper, with score by Mark Lavry and narration by Richard Basehart. Opening titles: LET MY PEOPLE GO.  Film begins in the mountains of Israel (:15-:54). People pay respects to those who fell at the hands of the Nazis. Historical imagery: Solomon's temple in flames, the Jews in exile. Late 19th century...
Topic: Stock Footage
This black & white educational film is about the country of Switzerland. This is circa 1953. Opening titles: Films of the Nations present Let's Look at Switzerland (:09-:46). A lake looks like a mirror with reflections of pine trees as a woman plays an accordion. Snow capped Alpine Mountain. Mountains in the distance with a town below. Castle on a hill. Lake and trees. The Rhine river flows and creates Lake Constance, a border between Germany and Switzerland. The water flows around rocks. A...
Topic: Stock Footage
This travelogue film shows Finland the 1930’s. It was presented by Joseph Harris and Martin Ross.  Finland is in northern Europe bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. The capitol city of Helsinki as well as the Arctic Ocean Highway running to the port of Liinakhamari which once touched the Arctic Ocean will be shown. It refers to Helsinki as Helsingfors which is the former Swedish name of the capitol. The Arctic Ocean Highway was rerouted after WW2.  Finland had long been a battle ground due...
Topic: Stock Footage
This black & white educational film is about what occurred in the United States in the 1930s. It was released in 1959. This film is part 1 of 2.  Opening titles: McGraw-Hill Films presents "Life in the Thirties" (:08-1:22). A man puts up a closing sign. The 1930s are upon us and it is the Great Depression. The Great Depression began with the Wall Street Crash in October 1929 and marked a time of high unemployment, poverty, low profits, deflation, plunging farm incomes and...
Topic: Stock Footage
This black & white educational film is about what occurred in the United States (and overseas) in the 1930s. It was released in 1959. This film is part 2 of 2.  Opening titles:  "Life in the Thirties" (:08-:27). A boy rides a bike, a dog yawns, a man chops ice, a cat walks, milk is delivered. A man leaves for work. Men walk towards a factory. Stores open. Fear of economic collapse is gone. Men get shaves and haircuts at a barber shop. Newspaper headline: Lindbergh Trial Opens....
Topic: Stock Footage
Made in the 1950s, this U.S. Navy produced documentary is about the history of "lighter than air" flight in the 19th Century. It opens with Thaddeus Lowe, the father of U.S. military aerial reconnaissance. During the Civil War, Lowe staged a balloon ascent near the Smithsonian Institute in Washington (:16) and convinced US leaders of aerial observations’ advantages (:22). Lowe organized a Union Balloon Corps (:51). James Allen (1:51) serving for the Northern Army, first ascended on...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Produced in 1951 by Castle Films, and marketed for the home market in camera stores and magazines, this black & white novelty film shows daring stunts by hell drivers, barnstormers, and aerial artists. Copyright 1951. Titles: Castle Films presents "Living Dangerously" (:06-:15). Daredevil stuntmen of the Lynch and Lucky Teter Hell Driver teams drive their cars recklessly on a dirt track. Cars drive through fire and jump into the air off a ramp and crash into cars down below....
Topics: Living Dangerously, Lynch Hell Drivers, Tightrope Walker, Barnstormer, Stunt Pilots, Stock Footage,...
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Made during WWII to train ground personnel, this film shows the proper way to prepare cargo for air transport, and how to load a transport aircraft. It also shows the role of the Air Transportation Officer in confirming that aircraft are loaded properly. The planes shown are the Curtiss C-46 Commando, and Douglas C-47 Skytrain and C-53 Skytrooper transports. (A C-53 is simply a DC-3 that was specifically designed for military service. Unlike the C-47 it does not have big cargo doors, a...
Topics: 1943, US Army, Army Air Forces, US Air Force, Air Transport Command, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
In the 1950s, plastics truly represented the future. "Look into Polyethylene" is an advertising film made by Bemis Bags for the produce industry, promoting the use of plastic bags for retail. The film made by Marshall C Barnes. It opens with a woman donning a white pair of gloves to go shopping at The Red Owl Supermarket (a Minnesota chain). Produce is shown wrapped in Bemis plastic bags 1:06. Studies show that produce that is poly-packed sells faster and at higher profit. Chart shows...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1944 U.S. War Department training film (T.F. 8-1288) briefly discusses the devastation that can be caused by louse-borne diseases and shows how lice get into clothes and skin and the various ways soldiers can treat any lice infestations while at a base or in the field. The film opens with soldiers walking in a European city during World War II; other shots show troops moving through the rubble of a war-torn city. Viewers see a microscopic view of a louse (01:01). A nurse tends to a sick...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Personal Hygiene, Signal Corps, Stock Footage
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This is the extended version of the 1968 16mm color film "LSD: Insight or Insanity?" It was directed by Max Miller for Bailey Films warns of the potential dangers of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), using interviews and special effects to describe the drug’s appeal and sometimes unpredictable effects. This print represents the “revised” edition of the film. Acting great Sal Mineo narrates (TRT 28:29). Opening title (0:17). Students near Hollywood High School, the Hollywood...
Topics: LSD, Insight, Insanity, Stock Footage, Anti Drug Film
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The condensed classroom edition of a 1967 color film directed by Max Miller for Bailey Films warns of the potential dangers of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), using interviews and special effects to describe the drug’s appeal and sometimes unpredictable effects. Acting great Sal Mineo narrates (TRT 19:23). This print starts with an ominous ad for a corporate sponsor -- the Barnes Funeral Chapel of Washington which paid for this print to be placed in schools (0:07). High school students near...
Topics: LSD, 1967, Drugs, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about hand to hand combat techniques. This is entirely in French. This is circa the 1930s.Opening titles: L'Ecole De Gendarmerie presents Le Combat Corps & Corps (:34-1:27). Two men walk along in a wooded area. A French military man walks over to them and checks their papers. The two men suddenly jump the military man. He reacts and subdues them. Combat fighting technique is shown in slow motion as a training exercise. One man tosses the other over...
Topics: Hand To Hand Combat, Combat, Combat Corps, 1930s, French, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Lest We Forget is a 1947 military documentary that consists of newsreels and government propaganda films, giving viewers a look at the fighting of World War II. The film opens with aerial footage of Berlin in the aftermath of Allied bombing attacks. Footage shows some of the city’s buildings and squares looking desolate. People celebrate the end of the war in Paris (01:33) and London (02:12). Soldiers march along beaches in England, preparing for the invasion of Normandy. LCVPs land on a...
Topics: Lest We Forget, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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Lest We Forget is a 1947 military documentary that consists of newsreels and government propaganda films, giving viewers a look at the fighting of World War II. This second reel starts off with footage of German officers surrendering to General Joseph Lawton Collins (00:05). Men fire artillery shells. Bells ring for Bastille Day. GIs dance with French women in the streets of a French town. Allied forces march along a road as part of the “battles of hedge rows.” Soldiers fire mortars and...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1954 film from the U.S. Federal Civil Defense Administration stresses the importance of the Civil Defense programs and the need to be prepared for an atomic attack through organization, training and rehearsals, and testing. The film opens with a shot of a hydrogen bomb mushroom cloud billowing in the sky, followed by a shot of a newspaper announcing that Russia has detonated an H-bomb. Viewers see signs of the atomic age and dawn of the Cold War nuclear shelter and air raid rehearsal signs...
Topic: Stock Footage
This late 1960s/early 1970s color educational film provides graphic depictions of whaling. It was produced by L. Richard Ellison. The film opens with a blood harpooned whale (:02-:27). A sign at a museum reads “Visitors are requested not to touch the skeletons.” On display is a 100’ model of a blue whale. A scientist works in a large storage room filled with whale bones, shown in close-ups (:28-1:35). Killer whales swim at California Sea World. Blow holes and fins are shown up-close...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Produced in 1941, "Life in Old Louisiana" was created by Erpi Classroom Films, Inc. in collaboration with James Fortier, the archivist of New Orleans. The film purports to show the history of 1830-1950, and starts with images of a steam boat traveling on the Mississippi River near New Orleans. A northerner interacts with a creole man name Dornier on board the ship who describes life in the deep South. At 1:40, an above-ground plantation home is shown and at 1:52 the fields, which are...
Topics: Old Louisiana, Louisiana, 1941, New Orleans, Stock Footage
This is a 1940’s era, black and white movie presented by the U.S. Army Recruiting Service and the Lockheed Historical Corporation. It is called Look to Lockheed for Leadership. It was directed by Shirley C. Burden, the story and narration were done by Walter Wise, photography by Floyd Crosby. The film editor is Gene Milford, narrator John Hiestand, unit manager, Herbert E. Dow and the associate producer is Henri Chappellet. It is a Tradefilms, Inc. Production. The movie opens with snow...
Topic: Stock Footage
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LUCKY YOU is an animated short safety film from 1956, “presented in the Interest of Safe Living and Education by Your Coca-Cola Bottler,” that educates viewers—primarily children—on safe ways to avoid injuries from sharp objects, falling, shooting, hot objects, and crashes. The film uses an animated circus featuring “the most unusual injury defying death defying creatures in the universe”: the “Cutabus,” the “Fallabus,” the “Shootabus,” the “Burnabus,” and the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This historic, silent film shows highlights of the 1932 Winter Olympics, officially known as the III Olympic Winter Games, held in Lake Placid, New York. The games opened on February 4 and closed on February 15. It was the first of four Winter Olympics held in the United States; Lake Placid hosted again in 1980. The games were awarded to Lake Placid in part by the efforts of Godfrey Dewey, head of the Lake Placid Club and son of Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System. California...
Topics: 1932, Lake Placid, Winter Olympics, Olympics, New York, Stock Footage
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Shot by an American tourist who visited London in 1936, these silent 16mm home movies provide fascinating views of the great city on the verge of WWII.  Likely shot during a holiday, based on the lack of traffic, the film begins with images of Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column, and then show the London Bridge Wharf (1:00) and views of the Thames (1:20). The Tower of London is seen at (2:39), and the Tower Bridge at (3:30). The Plynth is seen at (4:25) and St. James Palace at (4:40)....
Topics: 1936, London, England, Trip, 16mm, Home Movies, WWII, Stock Footage
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Created in 1947 by Belmont Pictures Inc., this film for Los Angeles Transit Lines (the post-WWII moniker for the Los Angeles Railway and bus lines) is entitled "It’s a Big Job". It was created to recruit drivers, motormen and conductors. The film's script was written by Eric Strutt, produced by Dan Downer and photography by William Wooten. The film is narrated by actor Alexander Scourby, who also stars. It was directed by J. Richard Westen. The movie opens with text indicating it is...
Topics: 1947, Los Angeles, Trolley, Post WWII, Transit Lines, Stock Footage
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Created in 1947 by Belmont Pictures Inc., this film for Los Angeles Transit Lines (the post-WWII moniker for the Los Angeles Railway and bus lines) is entitled "It’s a Big Job". It was created to recruit drivers, motormen and conductors. The film's script was written by Eric Strutt, produced by Dan Downer and photography by William Wooten. The film is narrated by actor Alexander Scourby, who also stars. It was directed by J. Richard Westen. The movie opens with text indicating it is...
Topics: 1947, Los Angeles, Railway Trolley, WWII, Post WWII, Stock footage
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 Approved by Commissioner of Major League Baseball Albert B. Chandler, National League President Ford Frick, and American League President Will Harridge, “This is Little League” is a circa 1950 black-and-white film promoting Little League Baseball. The film was produced by the United States Rubber Company Keds Sports Department, and it’s noted that department’s director is Frank Leahy, the famed football player, coach, college athletics administrator, and professional sports executive...
Topic: Stock Footage
Life In The Sahara is a short 1953 film from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films that gives viewers a glimpse of life in the Sahara Desert in the 1950s, touching on the geography of the region as well as the people who live there. The film opens with shots of the Sahara Desert, including sand dunes, mountains, and salty flats ( 00:22 ; 01:05 ). Massive sand dunes tower above the desert floor ( 01:27 ; 13:52 ). Wind blows sand along desert, making travel no easy task. A train moves along one of the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Young America Films presents, Lugano, Switzerland. Copyright MCMLIII. This 1950s era, black and white film is about beautiful Lugano. Lugano is a town and a municipality in southern Switzerland in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino bordering Italy. The film opens with a woman sitting on the veranda by the water with mountains in the background. A boat comes to shore on Lake Lugano 1:00. Boats are moored off the shore on Lake Lugano 1:18. Streetcars lumber down the street 1:32. Steep roadways...
Topics: 1953, Lugano, Switzerland, Travelogue, Southern Swiss Alps, Lake Lugano, Stock Footage
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This 1954 silent color footage depicts prototype flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base for the Lockheed XF-104 Starfighter, a single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (TRT 27:45). Includes footage of the prototype 53-37786. Most likely the pilot on most of these flights was Lockheed's Tony LeVier. Joshua Trees dot the horizon of Kern County, in Edwards, California. An airstrip runs through the desert with numbered runway markers on either side...
Topics: 1954, Lockheed, F-104 Starfighter, Prototype, Flight Test, EDwards AFB, California, Stock Footage
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Created for the Navy and Congressional oversight, this color film from Lockheed Aircraft reports on the progress of the development of the T2V-1 SeaStar aircraft. The T2V, later called the T-1 SeaStar, was a carrier-capable jet trainer that entered service in May 1957. It was developed from the highly successful Lockheed T-33, and was powered by one Allison J33 jet engine. Compared to the T-33/TV-2, the T2V was almost totally re-engineered for carrier landings and at-sea operations and fitted...
Topics: 1955, Lockheed T2V-1, Seastar Aircraft, Flight Test Program, Navy, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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T+INFINITY is the name of this film, which profiles part of the Air Force Space Program and the launch of the satellite Discoverer-1 in 1959. The USAF-sponsored development of launch vehicles for space applications known as CORONA is shown, with a Thor-Agena booster system in use. Thor-Agena was a series of orbital launch vehicles that used Thor first stages and Agena second stages. They are thus cousins of the more famous Thor-Deltas, which founded the Delta rocket family. The first attempted...
Topics: 1959, Lockheed, Agena, Booster Rocket Launch, Discoverer-1, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about how a newspaper is made in a community. It was made by Gary Goldsmith Films in cooperation with the Los Angeles Times. This was made in 1959 since the Dodgers/Cardinals home opener was this year and is shown in the film on the sports page. A room of reporters type at their typewriters. An editor assigns a reporter and a photographer to a job. On an airport tarmac, a reporter interviews a man while the photographer takes pictures. A baby elephant is taken off...
Topics: Los Angeles, LA, Newspaper, Community, Free Press, Stock Footage
This well produced, silent, 1963 home movie shows views of Las Vegas, Nevada including Fremont Street and the famous Pioneer Club, Hotel Fremont, Golden Nugget, Horseshoe, Lucky Casino and other attractions. The film also contains shots of people gambling at the :17 and 2:22, 2:55 and 3;12 mark. At 2:36 the famous cowboy sign and The Mint Casino are shown. The Jack Pot Arcade is also seen. At 3:28 the Hotel Fremont marquee indicates taht Wayne Newton and the Newton Brothers are performing with...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This long form commercial from 1969 was made for Libra Cosmetic and directed by Rolf W. Brandis and L. John Castelli. The film presents images of African American beauty that reflected the times and focused on black pride. Interestingly, Libra was a white run luxury cosmetics manufacturer that relied on African American salespeople. (Yet notably the narrator is clearly a white man.) At the time, specialized cosmetics for minorities represented a new and emerging market, and Libra hoped to...
Topics: 1969, Libra, Cosmetics, African American, American Women, Promo, Stock Footage
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These silent home movies show rare footage of the Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady operating at Edwards Air Force Base in California. They are believed to date to 1972 and show tests of the camera system known as "Trixie", takeoffs and landings (including drag parachute assisted landings). The Lockheed U-2, nicknamed "Dragon Lady", is an American single-jet engine, high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the...
Topics: 1972, Lockheed U-2 Spy Plane, Test Footag, Edwards Air Force Base, Dragon Lady
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This film presents the innovations in air lift transport planes due to the arrival of the C-130 Hercules and the subsequent continued innovations which led to the C-141 Starlifter and the C5 Galaxy, all manufactured by the Lockheed Georgia Company. The film opens with an airport as cargo shipments are loaded in (:11). Air lift traditionally was conducted by converted passenger planes (:24) however, by the mid fifties a new plane was developed specifically for air lifting capabilities and this...
Topics: 1973, Lockheed, Georgua, C-130, Hercules, Cargo Plane, Stock Footage
This film depicts the towing of Graythorpe I (later known as Forties Alpha) as it heads to be installed in the North Sea in the BP’s Forties oilfield.  The Forties Oil Field is the largest oil field in the North Sea, 110 miles east of Aberdeen. It was discovered in 1970 and first produced oil in 1975 under ownership of British Petroleum, now called BP. The film shows aerial as well as panoramic views of the oil rig and interviews on site workers. The construction for this massive project...
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Topic: Stock Footage
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This 1976 Lionel promotional film presents a lyrical look at model railroading, and includes footage of the Lionel Rocket Launching Pad, the premier "Space Age" accessory that Lionel produced from 1958 until 1960. Lionel is an American toy manufacturer which had been founded in 1900. Their major claim to fame was their high quality toy locomotives and model railway accessories, including animated accessories shown in the film. The film opens with footage of the large toy railroad...
Topics: 1976, Lional Model Trains, Model Trains, Promotional Film, Stock Footage
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This silent U.S. Navy film shows K-class blimps touching down on the deck of the escort carrier USS Mindoro for refueling.  The date this was shot was certainly after WWII, most likely in 1946.  K-class blimps were used extensively for ASW operations during WWII.   The K-class blimp was a class of blimps (non-rigid airship) built by the Goodyear Aircraft Company of Akron, Ohio for the United States Navy. These blimps were powered by two Pratt & Whitney Wasp nine-cylinder radial...
Topics: Escort Aircraft carrier, Blimp, World War II, Airship, K-Class Blimp, Goodyear Tire And Rubber...
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by Focus Films Company, Los Angeles; International Film Bureau
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Producer, Benjamin M. Tayler
Topics: French language, Manners and customs
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An overview of French humour. Interviews Pierre Danino and Rene Lefevre; discusses satirical newspapers such as Le Canard Enchaine, cartoons, and the Chansonnieres; and shows examples of movie humor. From the Ici la France series. French dialogue
Topics: 16mm Film, Educational Film, French wit and humor
Source: Lasergraphics ScanStation
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This silent film from Vietnam begins with footage of a Bird Dog L-19 type airplane being checked out prior to a flight. These planes were built by Cessna for observation purposes and known as the 305 Bird Dog.   At 1:40 rockets attached to the plane are checked out. At 1:50 the aircraft takes off and flies into the combat zone. At 2:20 aerial footage of South Vietnam is shown. The Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog was a liaison and observation aircraft. It was the first all-metal fixed-wing aircraft...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Made in the 1950s, “This is Lakehurst” explains the history of this famous air station. Lakehurst is the US Naval Air Force's station in Ocean County, New Jersey (:45). Commissioned in 1921, it is best known for being the base for airship training, development and operation (:54). It rests 75 miles south of New York and 50 miles east of Philadelphia ( 1:04 ). A facet of it's many varied missions is the Naval Air Technical Training Unit ( 1:13 ). In the phase nicknamed “flying the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This black and white travelogue film about Egypt was produced by Castle Films in 1951 as part of its “The World Parade” documentary series. It opens with a plane circling the Giza pyramids, interspersed with Arab camel drivers (:25- 1:03 ). Cairo is shown from the air, followed by trains at the station. The streets are full of camel trains, shown crossing a bridge ( 1:04 - 1:32 ). A traffic officer directs cars, buses, motorbikes, and donkey carts ( 1:33 - 1:50 ). The Shepheard’s Hotel...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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“From Trash to Treasure” is produced by International Harvester Company in the 1960s. It’s a promotional film highlighting the International drop bull clam shovel tractor (TD-9, TD-14, TD-18) and the International drop four-in-one skid shovel tractor. The International Harvester complies with the sanitary landfill method of disposal as outlined by the United States Public Health Service. This method focuses on both distribution and compaction of water. The landfills can then be converted...
Topics: TD-9, Shovel Tractor, Garbage, Trash, 1960, Harvester, Stock Footage
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This “restricted” World War II-era black-and-white film was produced by the US Navy to introduce the viewer to the LTV — the Landing Vehicle Tracked (an amphibious warfare vehicle and amphibious landing craft). An LTV “narrates” the film as the vehicle is shown being utilized by US Marines (mark  00:52 ) on a test course. Maneuvering across the ditches and through mud, we’re told how it could also be used as a bridge if necessary, as we see at mark  01:30 . An LTV emerges from a...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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These extraordinary Super 8mm home movies from the Vietnam War, come from a member of the "Ravens". The Raven Forward Air Controllers, also known simply as The Ravens, were fighter pilots used for forward air control in a covert operation in conjunction with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in Laos during America's Vietnam War. The Ravens provided direction for most of the air strikes against communist Pathet Lao targets and People's Army of Vietnam's infiltrators...
Topic: Stock Footage
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These extraordinary silent, Super 8mm home movies from the Vietnam War, come from a member of the "Ravens". The Raven Forward Air Controllers, also known simply as The Ravens, were fighter pilots used for forward air control in a covert operation in conjunction with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in Laos during America's Vietnam War. The Ravens provided direction for most of the air strikes against communist Pathet Lao targets and People's Army of Vietnam's...
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This brief film takes a look at Rocketdyne, the American rocket engine design and production company founded in 1955. It shows the engines they produced for the Saturn V launch vehicle and provides an in depth look at the newly designed nozzle. It is presented by Rocketdyne (:10). The film opens with the information that the Rocketdyne liquid propellant engines have been reliable in support of the national military and civilian aerospace programs (:25). The Saturn V vehicle (:34). Rocketdyne...
Topic: Stock Footage
Released in 1946, this black & white educational film from "Library Films" purports to show some of the last footage of Manila prior to the outbreak of WWII. In 1945, as U.S. forces under MacArthur worked their way towards Manila from Leyte, the city became a battleground. As the notes at the beginning of the movie make clear, most of the beautiful buildings shown in the film were completely destroyed during the siege. Opening titles: Library Films Inc presents Manila (followed by...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Shot in the late 1950s, this 16mm silent home movie shows images shot in Havana, Cuba by an American tourist. At 1:56, you'll see  a man harvesting coconuts, and at 2:16 a cock fight. Havana is seen at 2:47 including the Morro Castle and at 3:06 the harbor.  At 3:57, fruit vendors are seen in downtown, and you will see parts of old Havana. At 4:57, a military parade is seen and an aircraft flies overhead while soldiers parade past.  At 7:00, one of Havana's glorious old resort hotels is...
Topic: Stock Footage
This historic film dates to September 1955, and shows the launch of the 41' foot long civilian submarine "Cetacean". The craft was launched in Long Beach, California. The midget submarine was designed by Edmund Martine, who previously designed a series of diving bells for his San Diego business Martine Diving Belles,. Cetacean was intended for undersea exploration and photography. The boat had a three-man crew which included Ed Zender, but we've been unable to learn much about its...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This amateur 16mm silent home movie shows some of the events the day the USS Yorktown was launched. It dates to 21 January, 1943.  Unfortunately, this film is missing the "sliding down the ways" section -- it was apparently removed at some point as there is a splice in the movie. However it is still quite an interesting bit of history, captured by a civilian who observed the event. Work was begun on (what was then called) Bonhomme Richard when her keel was laid down on 1 December...
Topics: Launch Ceremony, For USS, Yorktown, CV-10, Newport News, Stock Footage
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This episode of the U.S. Army's TV program "The Big Picture" deals with the the first satellite of the United States Explorer 1, 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. Army General John Medaris headed the Army Ballistic Missile Agency, which oversaw both JPL and Wernher von Braun’s rocket...
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This episode of the U.S. Army's TV program "The Big Picture" deals with the the first satellite of the United States Explorer 1, 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. Army General John Medaris headed the Army Ballistic Missile Agency, which oversaw both JPL and Wernher von Braun’s rocket...
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This never-seen-before silent, color 8mm home movie film was shot of the launch of the doomed S.S.EDMUND FITZGERALD on June 7, 1958. The film shows the crowds of spectators at Great Lakes Engineering Works. More than 15,000 people attended Fitzgerald's christening and launch ceremony on June 7, 1958. But the event was plagued by misfortunes: When Elizabeth Fitzgerald, wife of Edmund Fitzgerald, tried to christen the ship by smashing a champagne bottle over the bow, it took her three attempts to...
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This historic film, made by Cunard White Star Lines to promote the Queen Elizabeth, begins with the launching of a ship in the year 1938, as hull no.552 — at 1031ft long, the largest liner in the world. Narrator: "The times of the 552 were not to be easily worn on the Atlantic Sea.  The time was a time of crisis; the world was on the brink of war. At this time his majesty was unable to attend the launching but the Queen and 2 princesses were there and 300,000 voices were raised to...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, New York harbor, Queen Elizabeth, HMS Queen Elizabeth, White Star...
This silent Cine-Kodak newsreel film from the mid-1930s presents the building and launch of the passenger liner RMS Queen Mary. The film contains some wonderful images of the John Brown & Company shipyard at Clydebank in Scotland. At :50 the ship's 35-ton propellers are seen. At 1:06 , an aerial shot shows the ships nearly finished hull sans smokestacks. At 1:50 the launching of the ship is shown and at 2:09 she slides down the ways. At 2:39 she is shown on Clydeside. At 2:50 King Edward...
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This film, THE TREE IN A TEST TUBE was shot in late November of 1941, and released in 1942 as part of the burgeoning war effort. It features the voice of Pete Smith and was made by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and distributed by the U.S. Forest Service. The film is rather interesting in that it features famous Hollywood comics Laurel and Hardy -- appearing here in their only color role! At the time both were over the age of 50, and their careers were on the wane. Still they manage quiet...
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This silent newsreel was released by Kodak as part of their Kodascope Library in 1927. The contents were shot by veteran journalist Lowell Thomas, who reported from Egypt during WWI and helped Lawrence of Arabia come to international acclaim.   At :17, Port Sudan (on the Red Sea) is shown where supplies for Lawrence are being loaded. At :40 are shots aboard a transport ship bound for the front, where bearers bathe and eat. At 1:20 the ship is unloaded at the Arabian coast. At 1:52 , a...
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This color film Power Across the Channel was produced by the Associated Electrical Industries and British Insulated Callender’s Cables in cooperation with Electricite de France. France had a peak demand of electricity at different times than England did. The solution was to exchange power across the English Channel between the two ( 1:40 ). Britain had nuclear and thermal power stations ( 1:58 - 2:14 ). France had thermal and hydroelectric power stations ( 2:15 - 2:27 ). Discussions turned to...
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Taking place in the spring and summer of 1972, this color film details live footage of the laying of a 123kV, three core, oil-filled power cable submerged between Lepe, England and Thorness Bay, Isle of Wight, a popular tourist center. At that time, the bulk of electricity was provided via two underwater (sub-marine) cables. The Southern Electricity board decided to install a third cable ( 1:32 ) and hired Balfour, Beatty & Co., Limited. To make this continuous cable for a 3-mile sub-marine...
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LB Littleford, the sign of modern engineered black-top road maintenance and construction equipment, presents A Modern Mixed-In-Place Resurfacing Job. This silent film, which probably dates to 1946 or thereabouts, shows how Littleford equipment makes completing road resurfacing jobs faster and, therefore, cheaper. A Littleford Model 115 “Tankar” Steam Heater heats a tank car of bituminous material ( 01:22 ), and then a Littleford CLRC “Spray Master” Pressure Distributor, frameless...
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by Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973; Cronkite, Walter; CBS News; Carousel Films
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Topics: Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973, Presidents, Politics and government
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This film about the LCVP provides an introduction and look at the nomenclature ( 00:44 ) of systems aboard these vessels. The film dates to 1944. LCVP is short for Landing Craft, Vehicle-Personnel, also known as a Higgins boat (named after its creator Andrew Higgins). The film begins by detailing the stats of the LCVP while showing footage of LCVPs skipping along the water then landing on shore ( 02:11 ), where they unload soldiers ( 02:15 ), vehicles ( 02:23 ), and cargo—such as ammunition (...
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This 1946 instructional film by Coronet provides insights into how the art of tackling in football. It was created by famed coach Andrew Kerr of Colgate University and supervised by Norman Sper. The film features images of the pigskin helmet days of college football. The film includes great images of calisthenics and physical training. The film highlights the shoulder tackle and the cross body tackle. Andrew Kerr IV (October 7, 1878 – February 17, 1969) was an American football, basketball,...
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Made in 1957 by Northern Films, LETTER FROM ALASKA shows the Alaska of that era: its cities, people, industries, climate, the Alaska Railroad, and a review of the state's history from 1741 to the present. This film uses the device of a reporter writing a letter about his life and travels in Alaska. At mark  0:30 , he is seen typing his letter with a typewriter.  You can drive across Canada either of two highway which leads Dawson Creek. This is where the Alaska Highway begins. The distances...
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This short film, Paris, shows viewers scenes from the liberation of Paris and provides a brief history to the liberation, which occurred on 25 August 1944. The film opens with a shot of the Eiffel Tower and U.S. tanks driving past it. The streets of Paris are filled with people celebrating the city’s liberation. U.S. tanks and jeeps drive down a road ( 01:10 ). There are more scenes of Parisians celebrating in the streets; American GIs are kissed by French women ( 01:33 ). The city’s...
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Shot by U.S. Army combat cameramen on the 25th of August, 1944, these amazing color films show the aftermath of the Liberation of Paris including the arrival of General Charles DeGaulle at the Arch of Triumph. The Liberation of Paris (also known as the Battle for Paris) was a military conflict that took place during World War II from 19 August 1944 until the German garrison surrendered the French capital on 25 August 1944. Paris had been ruled by Nazi Germany since the signing of the Second...
Topics: Free French, Paris, Liberation of Paris, WWII, Germany, United States Army, 1944, combat camera,...
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Made in 1947 by Paul Rotha Productions, LIFE BEGINS AGAIN was created by the British Government's Ministry of Information to show that many of those who experience setbacks in life can start over in life,  despite the physical injuries they might have suffered. Films like this one were considered important in post-WWII Great Britain, where hundreds of thousands of people (both soldiers and civilians) suffered life changing injuries as a result of the war. The government's "Emergency...
Topics: 1947, British Convalescent Hospital, Physical Rehabilitation, Stock Footage
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This color film about Rancho Las Salinas (once located in the present day Monterey Bay area) was made in 1949. It is narrated from the standpoint of Don Solis, who explains how he surveyed and laid out his ranch, tilled the soil with wooden plows, raised and herded cattle, and traded tallow and hides. As the film explains, this ranch was part of the Mexican land grant of four-square-leagues (17,713.6 acres) given in 1839 to Gabriel Espinosa by Mexican governor Nicolas Gutierrez to help settle...
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"...the wildebeests favorite feeding grounds and the place where they give birth...to reach these fertile lands of the Serengeti, they must once more cross the treacherous, predator-filled waters of the Mara River.
Topics: vhs, African Wilderness, Sand River
Source: VHS Panasonic AG-1980>Panasonic DMR-E30>CDR via OSX
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by XL Productions, Paris France
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" The constant and unending search for tender, fresh grasses drives hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and zebras towards the fertile lands of the Masai Mara, in Kenya.   This is the essence of the great migration.   But at the Mara River; the hunters enter into the cycle as crocodiles await the migrating wildebeests.   We see the smaller tales of survival....Climate changes also play a part in this lifecycle...."
Topics: vhs, wild fires, John Hurt, Masai Mara, Volume One
Source: VHS Panasonic AG-1980>Panasonic DMR-E30>CDR via OSX