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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 black and white film "Madero of Mexico" was released in 1942, chronicles the short political life of Francisco Madero (1873-1913), who tried to bring democracy and land reform to Mexico. It opens with the following title screen: “This photoplay does not attempt complete historical accuracy. Its purpose is rather to honor in spirit the memory of a great idealist”. Sweeping views of Mexico at the turn of the 20th century. Under the iron rule of General Porfirio Díaz, wealth...
Topics: Madero, Mexico, 1942, Dramatic Film, Mexican President, Francisco Madero, Stock Footage
This 1944 War Department official training film (T.F. 1-3343) shows the importance of combating malaria during World War II. The film opens with footage of U.S. soldiers at Corregidor surrendering to Japanese forces in May 1942. Footage shows soldiers on ships in the Pacific prior to the battle—where they are already battling malaria. The film shows General Bernard Montgomery and fighting during the Alamein offensive. Sick pilots lie in beds at a hospital. The malaria-carrying Anopheles...
Topic: Stock Footage
This color educational film is about the early attempts at launching a rocket into space hosted by Jet Propulsion Lab scientist Albert Hibbs. This is circa 1968.  Opening titles: "Man Into Space The Story Of Rockets And Space Science Part II: Pioneers and Modern Rockets" (:06-:23). Saturn V rocket takes off from launch pad. Dr. Albert Hibbs is the host. The rocket slowly goes into the sky. Flames shoot out of the back.(:24-2:13). Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a Russian and Soviet rocket...
Topic: Stock Footage
Dating to the immediate post-WWII period, this black & white educational film is about Poland and was produced by Julien Bryan. The film is told from the perspective of a schoolgirl named Mary, who tells her class about her trip to Poland in 1939. Copyright is 1946, but all of the footage shown dates from before WWII. Opening titles: Mary Visits Poland (:06-:31). At school, students are learning about Poland. Mary gets up and tells the class about what she learned when, in 1939, she visited...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1950s era, black and white recruiting film is about three Navy reservists on patrol in the Mediterranean visiting Morocco and Italy. It is a catalog of their touring these great countries, the sites they see in the adventures they have. The film opens with a Navy aircraft selling overhead. Mediterranean Patrol. US Naval Air Station, Anacostia D.C. Plane takes off from the tarmac; it is a Navy Neptune P2V Anti-Submarine aircraft. The African continent is seen from an aerial view 1:16. The...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1962 black and white film about Soviet schools was distributed by McGraw-Hill Text-Films and produced and directed by Nicholas Webster.   Cars drive down a street in Moscow. A woman looks at mannequins in a window. A U.S. film crew carries a movie camera (:12-:33). Boys in white tank tops and shorts and girls in white blouses and shorts march around the gym to the commands of their teacher. They are split into two groups and compete against each other in a race ( 1:00 - 2:50 ). The...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This 1962 black and white film about Soviet schools was distributed by McGraw-Hill Text-Films, and produced and directed by Nicholas Webster.   Female and male schoolchildren sing while they hoe the ground to learn manual labor. Others fix a fence (:10-:44). A technical training class teaches how to use machine equipment. Another teaches technical drawing (:45-1:35). A technical teacher instructs the class on electrical engineering. Students work at machines. Top students have their photos on...
Topics: Soviet School System, 1962, Cold War, Stock Footage
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Originally released in 1947 as "Jitterumba" and then subsequently re-released by Castle Films in 1949 as "Melody Masters #5",   this short features Desi Arnaz (misspelled in the credits as "Arnez"!) explaining all about the rhumba. Arnaz is joined by Judy Clark and an obscure songstress named Dulcina, presenting "Taboo", "El Cumbanchero", "Boteando", "Managua Nicaragua" and "I'll Take the Rhumba." The film gives a...
Topics: Melody Masters, Castle Film, 1950s Music Videos, Judy Clark, Desi Arnaz, The Rhumba, Stock Footage,...
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Dating to 1961, this U.S. Navy film "Meteorology: The Warm Front" teaches pilots and navigators basic information about warm front weather systems. The film appears to be aimed particularly at crews operating in northern climates such as Alaska and the arctic.  The film was made by Audio Productions. 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...
Topics: 1960s, Meteorology, US Navy, US Navy Pilot Training, Weather Systems, Stock Footage, Periscopev...
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This black & white promotional film for B.F. Goodrich Tires, is about the manufacture of tubeless car tires. It was produced by Regan Film Productions, Inc., Detroit, and copyright 1961. Opening titles: Mileage in the Making: The Story of the Tubeless Tire (:07-:20). The host introduces a whitewall car tire, the B.F. Goodrich Silvertown tire. The host holds natural rubber, then synthetic rubber. The host holds high tensile steel wire. Fingers point at: Oil, Carbon Black, Zinc Oxide, and...
Topics: Milage, Tubeless Tire, 1947, Goodrich, Silvertown, Tire Promo, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This 1959 color film "Mission: Sonic Boom" was made at a time when the U.S. Air Force was experiencing criticism for its pilots exceeding Mach 1.0 in training exercises -- producing sonic booms as they raced through the sound barrier that disrupted civilian life and caused property damage. The film represents a public relations effort by Koppers Co., which made sound deadening equipment, attempting to equate the sound of a sonic boom with freedom. Producer Koppers Co. is a global...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Ralph M. Barnes’ “Motion Study Applications: Showing Better and Easier Ways to Work” is a black and white film studying motion economy. Ralph M. Barnes was a Professor of Engineering and Production Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Iowa. The film was produced by the University of Iowa in 1942.   The film opens with various workers performing mundane, repetitive tasks, such as sorting (0:44), putting pegs in holes (1:11), hammering (1:23),...
Topics: Motion Study Application, 1940s, Ralph M Barnes, Human Factors, Stock Footage
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This 1970s Charles Cahill and Associates film discusses safe driving for motorcyclists, and it features shots of a number of different bikes riding on freeways, dirt roads, and along residential streets, as well as footage of crash tests conducted by the UCLA’s Institute of Transportation and Traffic Engineering. The film opens with shots of people driving cars, motorcycles, and trucks on Southern California’s freeways, highways, and streets. Footage of traffic is spliced with shots of a...
Topics: Motorcycle, Driving, Tactics, 1970, Training Film, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational driver safety film is about how to drive on America's new, post-war highways / freeways and on multi lane roads. No copyright but this is circa the early 1950s. Opening titles: Multiple Lane Traffic, produced by Progressive Pictures (:09-:27). The old days, a car drives 25mph on a country road. Faster automobiles on a highway. Narrow 2 lane roads are going by the wayside and now turnpikes, freeways, highways and parkways that have multiple lanes are becoming...
Topics: 1950, Lane Traffic, Traffic, Driving, Los Angeles, Freeways, Stock Footage
This color, amateur made, silent film shows what appears to be a performance -- put on for Western tourists -- that may shows some of the rituals affiliated with the Tamil Festival of Thaipusam. These include mortification of the flesh by piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks with skewers, or piercings tongues or cheeks, all the way through, with a small spear. It's not exactly clear where the film was shot or if it indeed shows Thaipusam rituals however, as the title of the film "Mystery of...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This color educational film "Man Into Space" was part of a series created by Explorer Productions. It was produced and directed by  Edward Scherer and written by Anne MacKenzie. This episode of "Man Into Space" focuses on the history of satellite technology, and the race between the USA and Soviet Union to put a man in orbit. It was released in 1970. Opening titles: Man Into Space Part III: Satellites and Man in Orbit (:06-:20). Astronaut Ed White performs the first...
Topics: Man Into Space, 1960s, Space Race, Satellites, John Glenn, Cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, Stock Footage,...
This short 1952 film documents the construction of the Aluminum Company of Canada’s (Alcan) massive power development project, which diverted the Nechako River at Kemano into a hydroelectric powerplant inside of a mountain, which would provide power for Alcan’s smelter in the newly created town of Kitimat in the Kitimat Valley. The film features the use of heavy machinery, including Harvester International’s TD 24 tractor. The film opens with shots of mountain lakes and snow-peaked caps....
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1944 U.S. Navy film (MN-3726G) shows how medical stations are set up on Saipan and how wounded are evacuated from the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands. It was shot in part by cameraman Edwin C. Udey, from whom we have other films in our collection. The film opens with naval guns firing at Saipan and planes flying overhead as U.S. forces prepare to invade the island. Soldiers climb into transport ships and move to shore (01:02). Landing craft hit the beach; men and tanks start...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This 1942 Warner Bros. propaganda film, directed by B. Reeves Eason, gives viewers a look at a reenactment of the training of U.S. Army Air Forces cadets. The film opens with Lt. General Henry H. Arnold climbing out of a plane at an airfield. He looks over a group of graduating cadets at the start of the wings-awarding ceremony. Arnold speaks to the graduates about their roles in the current climate (01:52). The graduates stand at attention, surrounded by what appear to be Vultee BT-13 Valiant...
Topics: Men From The Sky, 1942, WWII, World War II, Army Air Forces, Stock Footage
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Men With Green Faces (MN 10585) is a Vietnam-era U.S. Navy documentary from 1969 that explains the intense mental and physical challenges endured by those who want to become elite Navy SEALs. In addition to demonstrating the functions of the Navy's frogmen commandos, the film reflects the excitement of parachute jump training to the quite of jungle patrols. The film opens with Navy SEALs (of what appears to Underwater Demolition Team II) paddling a boat down a river; the men leave the river and...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film "Mexicana" is about the country of Mexico. Copyright is circa the late 1930s or early 1940s. It was made by the Calvin Co. of Kansas City. Opening titles: Little Features presents Mexicana (:07-:18). Mexico City. National Palace. Palace of Fine Arts. Residential districts. Cars go down a boulevard. Chapultepec Castle with a bronze grasshopper statue in the courtyard. People walk around the castle grounds. A man wears a sombrero. Cathedral...
Topics: Mexicana, 1940s, Travelogue, Nation Of Mexico, Mexico City, Pyramids, Bull Fight, Stock Footage,...
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This color educational film is about the United States Naval Reserve Exercises in Miami, Florida in 1975. Copyright 1975.  Opening: Miami, Florida, 1975 (:09). People run with weapons. Title: Miami Naval Reserve Exercise One 1975 (:26). A Navy exercise in in full swing with weapons (:40). Captain Peter Sargurus puts on a helmet (:58). A mine sweeping Navy vessel (1:09). Invasion and counter attack on Fisher Island is one exercise being done (1:23). Battle for Fisher Island exercise, men with...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Translated to English by the C.I.A., this Soviet propaganda film was originally created in July,1967 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, and to document the Moscow Air Show.  The film also shows some of the history of aviation in the USSR.  This amazing film features combat footage from WWII, as well as (at about the 3 minute mark) interesting historic footage of aircraft designers Pavel Sukhoi, Alexander Yakovlev and Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich (the men behind...
Topics: Yakutsk, Sukhoi Su-17, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21, Moscow, USR, Soviet Union, Soviet Air Force, Soviet...
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This short 1970s film from Merck & Co., Inc. highlights some of the advances in medicine that have come as a result of developments in NASA’s space program. The film opens with an astronaut spinning in a simulator. Another astronaut experiences simulated zero-gravity. Astronauts in space suits work outside of a space shuttle (01:28). Dr. Charles Berry, Director of the Life Sciences Program at NASA and the astronauts’ physician, speaks to camera about his role at the control center for...
Topics: Medicine, Moonflights, NASA, X Ray, 1970, Stock Footage
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This 1960’s era movie is called "More Power on the Ground". It is presented by Allis-Chalmers, Agricultural Division. The film highlights several tractor pulls at county fairs across the United States, with an eye towards promoting A/C tractors. The purpose of the film is to highlight the strength of the different motors in tractors that give farmers and workmen more pull power in their tractors. Tractor pulls are featured throughout the movie. The movie opens with images of a...
Topics: More Power, Ground, Allis Chalmers, Tractor Pull, Celebration, Stock Footage
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Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland is a short educational film from the University of Akron based on the story by George Gamow. The film uses Gamow’s story featuring the titular character Mr. C.J.H. Tompkins to explain the basics of space, time, and relativity. The film opens with a banking clerk sitting at his desk. The clerk, Mr. Tompkins, sits at his desk and reads a newspaper. He sees an advertisement for a public lecture on “Space, Time and Relativity” in the paper. Mr. Tompkins takes his...
Topics: Mr Tompkins, Wonderland, Space, Time, Reality, Physics, Stock Footage
Funded by the Hammond Organ Co., Music to Live By is a short educational film from McGraw-Hill Films. Produced in the early 1970s and directed by Ed Schultz, the film gives viewers a look at—and listen to—music from a variety of cultures and from different time periods. The film opens with a man plugging in audio cables; he plays a synthesizer, making a variety of electronic sounds. The film discusses the history of music, discussing the early stages where a beat was used so people could...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Love our channel? Help us save and post more orphaned films!  Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm  Even a really tiny contribution can make a difference. Consider becoming a channel member  https://youtu.be/ODBW3pVahUE 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 who are taken prisoner, and the responsibility to only offer "name, rank and serial number" to the enemy....
Topics: US Army, US Army Code Of Conduct, Cold War, Prison Camp, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Released by Eastman Kodak as part of their Classroom Film series in the 1930s, this movie shows the people of Yugoslavia.  It includes images of village life with farmers taking care of routines, women baking bread, dairy products being made, vegetables and flowers being planted and grown, pigs and other farm animals being raised, and more.  A "modern farm" appears around the 6 minute mark with steam-driven harvesting machinery.  The film also shows textiles being made, a school,...
Topics: Military Occupations By The Soviet Union, Cold War, Soviet Union, Latvia
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We digitized and uploaded this film from the Orgone Cinema 16mm Archive Email us at footage@avgeeks.com if you have questions about the footage and are interested in using it in your project
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This silent 16mm home movie dates to 1926. It shows the mining town of Superior, Arizona. The film also shows a football game against Globe,, a July 4th parade in Superior and a rodeo. Some of the details in the film include: :38, reading a newspaper in the back of a car, :41 kid riding a donkey, 1:03 , woman holding a sign that says "July 4, 1926 Superior Arizona". At 1;06, start of the July 4th Parade. The rodeo is seen at about 4:30 , and the football game around 7:40 . At 7:58 a...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This short home movie from the 1940s shows an outrageous New Year's party circa 1944, with men in cloth diapers, women being exposed, and some good-natured male wrestling.  Don't worry it is all good clean fun!
Topic: Stock Footage
Silent footage of jet airliners, circa 1960s, doing approach and landing at dusk. Includes PSA, American Airlines, and Ozark Air Lines livery. Mostly DC-8 type jets but also a DC-3 are shown. 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 example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston...
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These silent 16mm home movies are from the estate of someone who was close to Admiral Louis E. Denfeld and likely date to the mid to late 1950s. It's just possible that they are from 1950, when the subject of the film Admiral Denfeld was forced to retire due to his participating in the so-called "Revolt of the Admirals." The film begins in Hawaii where the sign for "Admiral L.E. Denfeld" is seen at 13:00 . Admiral Denfeld led Battleship Division 9 in 1945, and was the...
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This silent, 16mm home movie was shot by American serviceman in Japan during the era of the Occupation (1945-1952). It shows footage of what we believe to be the town of Zushi, which has now grown to be a city-sized beach resort. Zushi is located in the Kanagawa prefecture,  straight across the peninsula from Yokohama and Yokosuka and across the bay from Mount Fuji.  The film ends with some New Year shots of Kamakura and the Japanese young women dressed for the Coming-of-Age Day. 0:06 –...
Topics: 16mm Home Movie, Japan, Zushi, Kanagawa, Province, Kamakura, Stock Footage, PeriscopeFilm
Shot by an unknown member of the U.S. Navy, this 16mm silent home movie shows unique views from 1945. It begins somewhere in a Pacific harbor, probably Yokosuka, Japan, at :26, with images of a cruiser at sea. The ship's number is not visible but it might be USS Los Angeles. Visible on the rear deck at :35 is a crane used for seaplane retrieval. At 1:30 is what appears to be images of Japan, with damaged buildings evident. At 2:05 , a large harbor is seen, with what appears to be USS Montpelier...
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These 1950s home movies show a trip to Panama and the Canal Zone, as well as the island nation of Cuba prior to the Cuban Revolution.  The trip was made by a family aboard the ocean liner RMS Mauretania towards the end of its service life (it was scrapped in 1965).  Some of the sights included in the film are the Havana Zoo, the "El Rancho" Gardens in Panama City, and Castleton Gardens in Jamaica. RMS Mauretania was launched on 28 July 1938 at the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, RMS Mauretania, Castleton Gardens, Panama, Panama City, Panama...
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These 1950s home movies show a trip to Panama and the Canal Zone, as well as the island nation of Cuba prior to the Cuban Revolution. The trip was made by a family aboard the ocean liner RMS Mauretania towards the end of its service life (it was scrapped in 1965). Some of the sights included in the film are the Havana Zoo, the "El Rancho" Gardens in Panama City, and Castleton Gardens in Jamaica. RMS Mauretania was launched on 28 July 1938 at the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead,...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This charming 16mm Kodachrome home movie from the 1940s shows delightful images of two young boys, almost certainly twins, playing together. They are probably 2-3 years old in this film. At the 8:10 mark you will see a ferry on what appears to be a large lake or river.  At 11:40, the boys are at a farmhouse in the winter and do some sledding.  At 15:20 they are on the swings. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a...
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This video, developed for grades 9 through 12, examines the scientific findings of the unmanned Viking missions to Mars. Viewers are introduced to a variety of information returned to Earth, including soil and atmospheric analysis and biological and geological data. Difficulties encountered in interpreting Viking’s data are discussed. Actual photographs taken by the Viking One and Two spacecraft are shown. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes,...
Topics: NASA, Viking, Mars
This extraordinary silent film dates to 1925 and presents a tour of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in Culver City, California — today the Sony Pictures Studios. The film opens at 1:33 with a sweeping shot of the studio lot. At 3:30 the studio gate on Washington Blvd. is shown and at 3:55 , the studio's wire to New York (a telegraph!) At 4:00 MGM's main building on Washington Blvd. is seen with Model T Fords running past. At 6:37 Stage 14 is shown under construction; it is one of many on the...
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To read more about the history documented in this film, visit: https://muncyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/last-raft-tragedy/ This rare silent film shows the tragic story of "The Last Raft". The  story was recently re-told in an excellent documentary film (see link above) by Karen L. Frock of Creekside Creative Media. The Last Raft story begins in 1938 with Pennsylvania brothers R. Dudley and V. Ord Tonkin whose family came to the town of Cherry Tree in 1838. Vince...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This film takes viewers on a tour through Norway’s town and country area. The film is presented by the Norwegian Travel Information Office of New York City (:14). Some of Europe’s largest glaciers exist in Norway (:26). These attribute to the common use of water for power in the country. A rainbow is pictured formed by the mist from a cascading waterfall (:59). Bird’s eye view footage shows how the roads must zig zag and cut through the mountainous terrain (1:24). In order to protect...
Topics: 1948, Majestic Norway, Norwegian Travelogue, Oslo Lapland, Norsk Hydro, Stock Footage, Periscope...
Made in 1948, this educational film discusses the work of ocean freighters in the era before container ships. The featured vessel is the SS Anchor Hitch, which in addition to a cargo hold had 12 passenger staterooms aboard. The film shows the Anchor Hitch operating in the Pacific, on the way to South America. Many of the activities of the crew are seen including navigation, engine operation, radio contact, etc. At  2:50 , the ship's radio antenna and directional radio system is shown being...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Victory at Thermopylae is a 1950 film produced and directed by David Kurland that was part of a number of films produced in Europe during the Marshall Plan and shown throughout Europe to “tell the story” of U.S. participation in Europe’s post-war recovery. The film begins with two men walking four oxen pulling a plow through a field. A tractor pulls a plow down a field. Footage shows some of the mountains of Greece, including snow-capped peaks and rocky mountainsides. Farmers use hoes to...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Go Years Ahead With The Ferguson 35 is a short promotional film from the 1950s that highlights the features and capabilities of the Ferguson 35 Tractor. The film opens with a delivery truck carrying the Ferguson 35 tractor to a farm. The Ferguson sales/deliveryman backs the tractor off the trailer then shows off the tractor’s body to the farmer (02:10). The film explains the engine as the Ferguson man points out the oil tank, removes the front grill to show the radiator (04:30), and opens the...
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Made in 1951 to promote unity in Western Europe against the Soviet Union and what would become the Warsaw Pact, THE HOUR OF CHOICE shows the choice which now lies before the countries of Western Europe. The film gives an historical survey of the old historic European concept of "unity with difference" and emphasizes the present day realization that, in order to survive, Europe must abolish differences and achieve unity. The Marshall Plan, the Schuman Plan, the European Payments Plan,...
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This British-made animated film WITHOUT FEAR addresses Europe’s condition five years after the war, and speculates about the continent’s future. Hemsing stated that anyone seeking insights into the Europeans’ hopes, fears and emotions during the period of the Cold War would find this flawed, but powerful, film revealing. Even as the world grows smaller, Europe remains split. West Europeans can either heed the siren song from the East — unity but without liberty — or work for a more...
Topics: 1951, Marshall Plan, Animated, Promotional Film, Euopeans, Stock Footage
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“Mecca The Forbidden City” is a black-and-white British picture taking its viewer to the Saudi Arabian city. The center of the Islamic religion is shown beginning at mark  01:00 , with a brief narrative of Islam’s origins. The film shows how Muslims travel as part of the Hajj to Mecca from all over the world. At mark  03:53  we see Mecca’s market places, where bartering and trading occurs just as it had for 2,000 years, as well as a look at a solemn moment of prayer (mark  04:46 )....
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This incredible 16mm silent film shows images of Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California (near today's Santa Monica Pier) including the Miss Muscle Beach Beauty Contest. The original Muscle Beach was just south of the SM Pier, and is credited as being the source of the fitness craze in the US.   Based on a bit of detective work we think this is the 1954 contest won by ravishing beauty Barbara Thomason whose victory was headlined in the papers as: “Blonde, 17, Chosen Muscle Beach Queen.”...
Topics: 1954, Santa Monica, California, 166mm, Stock Footage
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"Queens of Beauty" shows the 1955 Miss Universe competition. This was only the 4th Miss Universe pageant, and was held on 22 July 1955 at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium with 22 female competitors. Miss Sweden, 21-year-old Hillevi Rombin, won the competition and was crowned by outgoing titleholder Miriam Stevenson from USA. The first runner-up was Maribel Arrieta of El Salvador. Winner Hillevi Rombin Schine (September 14, 1933 – June 19, 1996) was a Swedish actress and beauty...
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This short 1958 educational film from the American Cancer Society shows how to perform a routine pelvic examination and cytologic test for the detection of cancer of the uterus. The film opens with a woman sitting in an office of a physician. A nurse retrieves the patient from the office and takes her to an exam room. An illustration of the pelvis and cervix is used to show the development of uterine cancer. A chart shows the cure rates for the different stages of the cancer (03:30). A slide is...
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This color film provides footage of the January 1958 military tour of Southeast Asia by General I.D. White for the Military Assistance Advisory program in the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Calls were made at Navy forces in Marianas, Philippines, and Guam, and British commanders in Singapore and Hong Kong. The General and his staff leave Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii in a 1940s Cadillac. Shown are the Lockheed Constellation and its cockpit (:45-3:07).  The Constellation...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Created in 1959, "The Drama of Metal Forming" is an exceptional film that shows the forming of metal in a foundry.  It was directed by Peter DeNormanville and produced by the famed editor Raymond Spottiswoode, the father of Hollywood director Roger Spottiswoode and distant relative of the Swindon Bakery's famous chef Angus Spottiswoode.  Slabbing mills are rollers are shown, almost certainly located in the UK, and the many processes used to create finished parts such as railway car...
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Topics: Metal, Film, Shell Company, Shell Oil Company, Foundry, Royal Dutch Shell, Ingots, Ironworks,...
This is a Chem Studies Film, produced by the Chemical Education Material Study for use in its course in chemistry. Molecular Spectroscopy. Collaborators are Dr. Bryce Crawford Junior, Professor of Chemistry and Dr. John Overend, Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Minnesota. This movie is about molecular spectroscopy. There are in-depth conversations and vivid imagery about how molecules have natural frequencies of vibration and on the understanding of how light waves interact with...
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In this 1966 episode of the television series Science Reporter, MIT’s John Fitch reports on the obstacles that face the Apollo Command Module during its return to Earth and how teams at NASA and Accessory Products Corporation (APCO) are working to find solutions to those obstacles. The episode opens with animation of the Apollo Command Module returning to earth. The episode shows opened parachutes attached to a command module during a test (00:57). A test module is dropped from a tower into...
Topics: NASA, Moon, 1966, Apollo, Science Reporter, Stock Footage
This 1967 color and very medically graphic film shows closeups of wounds, many on children. Viet Nam, Spring, 1967 is produced by The Committee of Responsibility, Inc., and filmed and narrated by Henry Mayer, M.D. It opens with men, women, boys, and girls with facial burns (:16- 1:20 ). The narrator is on a plane to Viet Nam to choose war-injured children who needed highly specialized treatment in the U.S. Footage of Viet Nam is shown from the plane. They arrive by helicopter, with a view of...
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Created by Telefilms for Kiekhaefer Mercury in 1968, this color film promotes travel in Europe and various boating activities and recreation. It is a subtle advertisement for Mercury Outboard engines. Kiekhaefer Mercury company began in 1939 when engineer Carl Kiekhaefer purchased a small outboard motor company in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and ended up with a successful business selling motors through the Montgomery Ward catalog. Today, the company exists as Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick...
Topics: 1968, Mercury Outboard Engines, Boating, Europe, Travel Film, Norway, England, Italy, Germany,...
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This film "Air Mobile Feasibility Demonstration" chronicles the development of an Air Launched Ballistic Missile system. The ALBM concept was viewed as a potential game changer for strategic deterrence, allowing missiles to be deployed to remote locations at a moments' notice. As shown in the film, starting in the early 1970s, the USAF tested air-launching a Minuteman 1b ICBM from a C-5A Galaxy transport aircraft. Starting around  11:30 , the film shows the final test on 24 October...
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This color educational/training film is about the brand new Super Mobil Oil. This oil first appeared in 1974 thus the year of the film.   Opening titles/credit sequence: YOU KNOW IT BY ITS COLOR (:07-:33). Shots of oil and Mobil and 3 times longer (:34-1:46). A model poses. Super mobil. Look and Life magazine covers. Super Mobil oil (1:47-2:26). Super Mobil Oil, Brand X oil, and ice. Our narrator explains how the new oil keeps engines three times cleaner. We are introduced to the new Super...
Topics: Mobil, 1974, Mobil Oil, Supermobil, Promo Film
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This is a promotional video for the YC-15, S.T.A.R. OF THE FUTURE, looks at the strategic aircraft produced by McDonnell Douglas Corporation, designed for tactical transport.   The video dates from the mid 1970’s, most likely 1976.   Series of short shots of the YC-15; landing, a tank reverses into the cargo bay, two shots of a take-off, a refuelling, and of agile handling.   Slow zoom in on the U.S Air Force logo (:06-:59).   Title plate (1:00-1:09).   Several engineers look over...
Topics: 1976, McDonnell, Douglas Corp, YC-15, Tactical Transport, Stock Footage
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This film celebrating the arrival of the new F-18 Hornet, and titled HORNET LAUNCH, begins with footage of the F-4 Phantom in combat operations. The requirements for a more efficient fighter craft was met with the F-18 Hornet (:45). It was the result of intensive design efforts by the Navy, Marine Corps and McDonnell Douglas company ( 1:05 ). The Hornet is an attack craft for close air support missions ( 1:35 ) and was to replace the F4 Phantom and A-7 Corsair ( 1:40 ). At the time it was the...
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This color educational film is about railroad research and advancements in railroad technology, including the development of the diesel and gas turbine locomotives which were beginning to supplant steam engines at the time. Copyright is 1953. The film stars Hugh Beaumont as E.D. Gillespie. ( Beaumont is best known for his portrayal of Ward Cleaver on the television series Leave It to Beaver.) Titles: 225,000 Mile Proving Ground (:08-:24). A streamline passenger train races by, probably the...
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A 1949 British "public information film" advising how to drive safely. Starring Richard Massingham, and directed by Michael Law. Look carefully and you'll also spot popular TV star Dick Emery appearing for a few seconds. Produced by Public Relationship Films for the Central Office of Information. 
Topics: Short film, 1949, 1940s, Public service announcement, Central Office of Information, Richard...
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Created by J.A. Mcgill, SINGING AND STINGING is a 1920s silent educational film about the mosquito, that shows amazing close-up views of these pests, describes their life cycle and eating habits, and presents some of the ways in which their populations can be kept low -- for example by spreading oil onto standing water in which they breed.  The film was one in a series released by Pathe that dealt with nature and the threat posed to man by the natural world and must have been especially...
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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...
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A U.S. Army training film circa 1953, the first of a two part instructional video describing the advancements of planetary gears (used in the newer tanks such as the M47 Patton) as compared to the older system used on such tanks as the M-4 Sherman. A technician demonstrates the principles of operation governing multiple sets, while a narrator gives a short review of how the planet-carrier gears work. Features original footage of tanks performing tests and exercises as well as the demonstration...
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Library Film, Inc. presents “Beacon of the East,” a circa 1945 black-and-white picture that takes its viewer to “Macao.” (Macau is an autonomous region on the south coast of China. It had been a part of the Portuguese Empire for more than 400 years). Much of the material in the film probably predates WWII, but it's difficult to know for certain. Because it was hardly impacted during World War II, an opening scroll for the film explains that the film features “authentic” scenes of...
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This fascinating 1945 newsreel shows the battle for the Philippines, as U.S. forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur launch an assault on the island of Leyte.   The battle resulted in a U.S. and Filipino victory. The Allies had taken control of all strategically and economically important locations of Luzon by March 1945, although pockets of Japanese resistance held out in the mountains until the unconditional surrender of Japan. While not the highest in US casualties, it is the...
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Made by Republic to promote the F-105 Thunderchief, MACH OF THE THUNDERCHIEF shows the aircraft going through maneuvers. It had just recently set a new world's record for speed at Edwards Air Force Base. The film shows the design, construction and testing of this unique supersonic aircraft at the Republic Aviation factory in Bethpage, New York, including the roll-out of the aircraft. The film concludes with a mock war game at Eglin AFB, with F-105s dropping munitions on a B-29 or B-50 target...
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The Association of American Railroads’ 1957 film, Mainline USA, produced and directed by Carl Dudley, represents a revision to an earlier film made in the 1940s. This film is an overview of the industry and its role in the U.S. The film provides a good general overview while featuring a number of shots of train engines and lines. The film concludes with scenes of American sporting events and places of education as it informs viewers of where railroad tax dollars go. We encourage viewers to...
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This Association of American Railroads film carries the typical industry message that trains were integral to the American economy and way of life, which were the best in the world. There is much narration detailing the forward-thinking mentality of the railroads, including facts about the modernization of passenger trains. There is also a short discussion of the history of train travel, some information on the kinds of goods freight trains carry, and more. The interesting part of this film is...
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Note: this film was shot in anamorphic widescreen. We will post an "unsqueezed" version in the near term. This historic film presents “Majestic Island,” a 1960s color film that takes it viewer to Taiwan. “Until the end of World War II these people were headhunters. But now they hunt for tourists,” says the narrator at mark  01:11 . We see tribesmen perform a ritualistic dance (mark  01:33 ) and aerial views of farmland, later getting a ground view of Taiwanese working in...
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Dating to the Korean War era, this wonderful U.S. Marine Corps film begins with images of combat and an amphibious landing drill, probably at Camp Pendleton in California. At 1:40, the concept of "vertical envelopment" is described with helicopters deployed off of an aircraft carrier. At 1:45, a nuclear weapon goes off and Marines (at the nation's nuclear test site in Nevada as part of Upshot-Knothole ) observe the rising mushroom cloud. The cloud dissolves into the USMC logo at the...
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Dating to the Korean War era, this wonderful U.S. Marine Corps film begins with images of combat and an amphibious landing drill, probably at Camp Pendleton in California. At 1:40 , the concept of "vertical envelopment" is described with helicopters deployed off of an aircraft carrier. At 1:45 , a nuclear weapon goes off and Marines (at the nation's nuclear test site in Nevada as part of Upshot-Knothole ) observe the rising mushroom cloud. The cloud dissolves into the USMC logo at the...
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