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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 1967 color film dramatizes the dangers of casual drug use by telling the story of a young student who tries marijuana at a party and later becomes addicted to heroin. It was directed and produced by Mel Marshall, narrated by Patrick Miller, and stars Gerald LeRoy, Kevin Tighe (debut), Patrick Miller, and Julie Conners. It was written by Edward Brennan. A cobra snake stands erect, turning its head to show its spotted hood, it is mesmerizing and deadly (0:08). Title card: “Narcotics, Pit...
Topics: narcotics, Pit Of Despair, 1967, Anti Drugs, Scare Film, Heroin Addict, Stock Footage
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This rarely seen 1968, black and white film made for the United Jewish Appeal recounts the Six-Day War between Arabs and Israel in 1967 and how it affected the lives of Israelis. The film opens on the ancient site of Masada. Close-up of a man’s eyes. Bombings in Israel. "Never Again to Be Denied" 1:10. Narrated by actor Michael Tolan. Written by Harold Mayer and his wife and collaborator Lynn Rhodes Mayer. Edited by Walter Katz. Associate producer, Lynn Rhodes Mayer. Song, “How...
Topics: Never Again, To Be Denied, Arab, Israeli, 1967, Six Day War, Aftermath, Stock Footage
Made in late 1946 or early 1947, this industrial film "New Automobiles" was produced by ABC and broadcast on that company's television network. At the time it was made, the  industry was falling well short of its goals in terms of auto production, and the film seeks to explain that crisis. The film begins with a look at the wartime contribution of America's automobile industry, and then examines fitful transition back to making civilian vehicles. The film includes footage of the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This color travel film by Esso is about what New England has to offer the tourist. Copyright is 1949. Opening: An Esso Picture - Esso Marketers present NEW ENGLAND CALLING (:06-:33). Map of the United States. New England, 6 states in the Northeast Corner of the country. Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Rushing rivers, busy harbors, great universities, and a vacation land (:34-1:39). Cars on a highway. Plymouth, MA. Plymouth Rock. Tourists look at the...
Topics: New England Calling, New England, 1949, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut,...
This color educational film is a motorcycle safety film. From 1973, this film was directed by Cliff Vaughs, starring Peter Fonda, Evel Knievel, Bill Smith, and Cliff Vaughs. Opening credits: NOT SO EASY (:07-:34). Peter Fonda drives his motorcycle up a hill and through  tunnel. Out of the tunnel and around a few sharp turns. He continues until he stops near some palm trees. He speaks about safety to the viewer. Evel Knievel's trailer and then he speaks, on his bike, to the viewer. He puts on...
Topic: Stock Footage
This color educational film is about nuclear weapons in the world, what countries have them, and the possibilities of them being used. Copyright is 1966. Opening titles: Nuclear Power in World Politics (:06-:18). NORAD in the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado. A screen has a portion of the United States circled. Chet Huntley, an NBC news correspondent, talks from inside NORAD. A man on the phone, computer buttons are pressed. 830 missiles are at the ready. 600 B-52 long range jet...
Topic: Stock Footage
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“New Dimensions in Military Mobility” is a promotional film for the Bell 204B helicopter. It opens with the image of an army tanker of the 47th Regiment (:14) and men scouting another tank riding through woods (:33). The decades focused on will be the 50’s and 60’s and as the 60’s approached they expected to see an emphasis on different nations’ abilities to function in a limited warfare sense (1:03).   Success for each nation depended on tactics and mobility (1:23). The helicopter...
Topics: New Dimensions, Military, Mobiltary, 1960s, Helicopters, Stock Footage
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This 1966 color film highlights the return of the high use of railroads to transport goods due to new train car developments. It was backed by the Association of American Railroads was produced and directed by Robert Yarnall Richie Productions Inc. and narrated by broadcaster Chet Huntley. The video begins with footage of various angles of Hoover Dam (0:06-0:32).   The poster to the grand opening of the Union Pacific Platte Valley Route is shown, and the camera pans around Joseph Pickett’s...
Topics: New Direction, Nodern Railroading, 1966, Railroad, Industry, Stock Footage
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One of a series of films produced by Eugene Castle and sold for the home market through department stores, camera shops and mail order, this black & white film recounts news events in the world in the year 1938. Copyright 1939. Opening titles: Castle Films presents The News Parade of the Year (:07-:15). Flood's Havoc on eastern and western parts of the United States. Flooding in Southern California. Cars drive through water, people are stuck in the waters. A man water skis down a street.The...
Topics: News Parade, 1936, Spanish Civil War, War In China, China, WWII, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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This color promotional film is about the evolution of fighter aircraft including the new Grumman F-14 Tomcat. No copyright but this is circa 1974.   Opening: A man climbs into a plane. A man climbs into a jet. A plane with a propeller takes off. A jet takes off. The back of the jet has flames shooting out of it as it takes off into the sky (:08-1:46). A bi-plane takes off. A bi-plane flies in the sky. A bi-plane with a gun turret for the flier is used. An aircraft battle in 1917. Bi-plane...
Topics: F-14, Tomcat, Aircraft, 1974, Grumman, Second Plate, Stock Footage
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This Soviet Ukrainian film, narrated in English and entitled “No Statute of Limitations”, was directed by Eugen Tataretz. It depicts the court case prosecuting crimes against humanity committed during WWII by fascist collaborators Mykola Dufanets, Artem Bubela and Filip Rybachuk. The three were members of the Occupied Territories Reich Police and participated in rounding up the Jewish population to bring them to the ghetto in the Krymnoe Village of the Starovyzhevski county of the Volyn...
Topics: Statue Of Limitations, Ukrainian Trial, Concentration Camps, Russian, Holocaust, Stock Footage
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Created in 1921, Manhatta is a short documentary film directed by painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand, which uses the words of Walt Whitman to paint a vivid portrait of New York City. Manhatta documents the look of early-20th-century Manhattan. With the city as subject, the film consists of 65 shots sequenced in a loose non-narrative structure, beginning with a ferry approaching Manhattan and ending with a sunset view from a skyscraper. The primary objective of the film is to...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Created by members of amateur radio club Q.R.M. / Q.S.T., this exceptional silent film shows activities at the National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio in 1929.  The start of the film shows the elaborate parade with various floats. At :52 the air races are seen with the Bendix towers. At 1:16 German pilot Ernst Udet's U12 Flamingo biplane marked D-822, thrills the crowd. At 3;21 the Flower Pageant, another parade, is shown. The date is August 24, 1929. At 4:14 the parking lot for the races is...
Topics: 1929, National Air Races, 1929, Santa Monica, California, Cleveland, Power Puff Derby
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This silent film of the 1929 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio begins with the inaugural parade for the event (:17), and then quickly moves to the Cleveland Airport for the arrival of various contestants, including the finish of the Women's Air Derby — also known as the "Powder Puff Derby" — from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland ( 3:39 ). There is rare footage of the winner, Louise Thaden ( 4:19 ). Thaden was a friend and rival of pioneer aviators Amelia Earhart, Pancho...
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Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Created by members of amateur radio club Q.R.M. / Q.S.T., this exceptional silent film shows activities at the National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio in 1929. Some of the highlights include an appearance by Charles Lindbergh, shots of the air races with an explainer how radio was used to track results, and even the dirigible Los Angeles flying overhead. It also features a pre-race parade through the streets of Cleveland with many beautiful floats. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This silent, black and white home movie appears to date to 1932, the year that James "Jimmy" Doolittle flew the GeeBee racing aircraft and won the Thompson Trophy at the National Air Races. The 1932 races were held in Cleveland Ohio August 27 to September 5. As it was the height of the "plane craze", many new racing planes debuted at the N.A.R. In addition to the Bendix race from Burbank, California to Cleveland there were six other cross-country races, twenty-one closed...
Topics: Natiional Air Races, 1932, Air Races, Cleveland, Ohio, Home Movie, Jimmy Doolittle, Greebee, Racing...
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Made for the home market in the 1930s, this silent film draws from Pathe Newsreels and is called “News Digest”, with a focus on the year 1938. It had been produced by Pathegrams (:09). The first section of the film is about the Los Angeles flood of 1938 (:19). This disastrous flood was one of the largest in history and occurred due to two major storms blowing in over the Los Angeles Basin. In a matter of a few days it produced about a year’s worth of rainfall. 20,000 had been forced into...
Topics: 1938, News Headlines, Los Angeles, Food, Airplane, Stock Fotoage
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This silent film shows the New York World's Fair of 1939-1940. The Fair, which covered the 1,216 acres (492 ha) of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (also the location of the 1964–1965 New York World's Fair), was the second most expensive American world's fair of all time, exceeded only by St. Louis's Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904. Many countries around the world participated in it, and over 44 million people attended its exhibits in two seasons. It was the first exposition to be based on...
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Topics: 1939, 1940, Worlds Fair, Futurama, Exhibit, New York, Stock Footage
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Dating to September 2–5, 1939, this silent home movie shows the National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio. Also known as Pulitzer Trophy Races, the NAR are a series of pylon and cross-country races that have taken place in the United States since 1920. The 1939 races were significant in that they were the last of the National Air Races to be held before World War II. This film was amateur shot and not that impressive technically, but it does show Col. Roscoe Turner receiving the Thompson Trophy...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Shot in 1939, this silent 16mm home movie contains images shot in New York State including a visit to the World's Fair of 1939 starting at about the 11 minute mark. The images include shots of the Unisphere and other buildings including the Italian and Russian pavilions. The film ends with shots of the illuminated fountains at night. The film starts with images of the harvest, with African American workers contributing their labor. At 3:08 the Finger Lakes are seen, and at 3:25 the campus of...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This newsreel of the 1939 New York's World's Fair shows some of the highlights of the fair, including the pavilions of various states and nations, the General Electric Pavilion, the Amusement Area (the Life Saver Parachute Jump later relocated to Coney Island, is at the 5:15 mark), the Savoy stage show, and the automotive pavilions including those of Ford and General Motors -- known as the Futurama.  There are also displays of modern and historic railroad locomotives as part of the...
Topics: 1939 New York Worlds Fair, Newsreel, Savoy, Futurama, General Motors, New York City
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This silent, black & white shows highlights of the 1939 New York World's Fair. It was originally sold as a souvenir to visitors to the fair, and to the general public through the mail. The official souvenir film ends at 14:29, and then amateur-shot, b&w and color home movie footage appears -- spliced in by someone who attended the fair. The souvenir film was originally released in 1939-1940. Opening titles: Official Motion Pictures of the New York World's Fair 1939 (:10-:39). People...
Topics: 1939, New York, Worlds Fair, Official Film, World Of Tomorrow, Highlights, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This color home movie from 1939-1940 shows scenes from the 1939 New York World’s Fair. (Note: The film was transferred flipped (mirror image) so some words shown on screen are backwards.) Opening: the film begins with a flight on an American Airlines DC-3 to New York. two men in suits stand near one another, a woman walks near (:00). An American Airlines DC-3 lands at an airport and then taxis in with its propellers (:11). A security guard brings over a ramp for the boarding passengers (:32)....
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This 1940 color documentary about northern New Mexico is produced by World Travel Films. A Pueblo woman in native dress prepares a fire outdoors in a dome-shaped horno oven made of adobe. She carries pre-made bread dough to the oven and inserts it on a paddle. The finished bread is shown up-close (:08-:52).  Ears of maize hang in loops (1:03). The Santa Clara Pueblo reservation is represented by houses and a mission (1:15-1:52). A man building a house pours a mixture of mud and straw and...
Topic: Stock Footage
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“Spread the Alarm” is a circa 1941 color film presented by the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company is cooperation with the Massachusetts Commission on Public Safety. Starting at mark  00:30  we see a map of the New England states as a narrator explains how Civil Defense agencies “are hearing the call to action” as newspaper headlines about mock air raids and bomb attacks appear on the screen. At mark  01:07 , Myron D. Chase, a liaison between the telephone company and the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Produced by the Public Relations Department of the New York Central System and New York Central Railroad, the 1942 film New York Calling offers viewers a tour of all they can see in New York City by visiting via New York Central’s many lines that connect the country with the famed city. The film opens with a shot of the skyline of New York City ( 00:10 ), and then follows a modern and luxurious train as it follows the Hudson River ( 00:38 ), passing the highlands ( 00:52 ) with Breakneck and...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Made for the home market during WWII, this black & white silent film shows news events in the year 1943, focusing on WWII. It was edited by Leslie Winik. Opening titles: News Thrills of 1943 (:07-:11). Title: Allied Victory in Tunisia. General Montgomery discusses the final push with his men. He stands and talks as the men smile. General Eisenhower visits Montgomery for a council of war. The two shake hands. Gabes falls to the British as rockets are fired, explosions abound. A parade...
Topic: Stock Footage
The Earthmovers (W.F. 21) is a 1944 War Department film that shows the heavy equipment used by the Army’s Corps of Engineers and the Navy’s Seabees during military operations in WWII. The film opens with a shot of a construction site: men dig the foundation for a skyscraper. This is followed by footage of building projects in America, including dams and highways. The film then cuts to the use of heavy equipment used in the military. Tractors and bulldozers are used in military settings. A...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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NOW — THE PEACE is a film produced and directed in 1945 by Stuart Legg for the National Film Board of Canada series The World in Action, with unaccredited narration by Lorne Greene. Over its nearly 21-minute running time, circumstances during the immediate postwar period following the Second World War, leading to the formation of the United Nations are discussed.   The film contains imagery of the end of WWII, with refugees, Jewish survivors in liberated concentration camps, decimated...
Topics: 1945, Now The Peace, United Nations, League Of Nations, Stock Footage
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Directed by Emerson Yorke, this rare industrial film by the United States Rubber Company shows the 1946 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio. These races represented the restart of the NAR after they were curtailed by World War II. Present at these races were early jet aircraft and many of aviation's great personalities including Roscoe Turner, Tooey Spaatz, Tony Levier, Paul Mantz and other military leaders including Admiral Bull Halsey. Covergirl Corkey Kelly is also shown at  2:45 , and...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This color film provides highlights of the 1947 Cleveland National Air Races. A plane sits under a SkyTech Inc. sign. The B.F. Goodrich plant can be seen. The grandstand, Frederick C. Crawford, and Governor Thomas Herbert kick-off the 1947 Cleveland National Air Races (:40-1:30). Movie stunt flyer Paul Mantz wins the trophy for the cross-country Bendix Trophy race. He is joined by female pilot Jacqueline Cochran to congratulate him (1:31-2:46). Stunt flier Jimmy Grenier purposely awkwardly...
Topics: 1947, Air Races, National Air Races, Ohio, Cleveland, Stock Footage
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Presented by Plymouth Motor Company, this film shows the 2nd Annual Model Airplane Contest.   Presented by Plymouth Motors and sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, this historic film "Adventures in Imagination" shows the run-up to the 2nd Annual international Model Airplane Contest in Detroit Michigan in 1948, and the event itself. In 1947, Plymouth Motors sponsored the first such contest, which lasted four days and garnered national attention. It was so successful that...
Topics: 1948, Model Airplane, 2nd Annual Model Airplane Contests, Detroit, Michigan, Stock Footage
Created by the National Restaurant Association AMERICA'S HERITAGE OF HOSPITALITY was released in October, 1949 to advance the restaurant industry and recruit new employees to work within it. The theme of the film is that the American way of life is exemplified by its restaurant industry and the bountiful blessings that the nation enjoys on its tables from "sea to shining sea". The film begins with re-creations of historic moments in America's restaurant industry dating back as far as...
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This educational film "India, Asia’s New Voice" was produced by The March of Time and dates to 1949, just two years after Indian Independence. At the time, the West greatly feared that India, like China, might succumb to Communism. The film recaps the events leading up to independence from the British, including the Partition of India and Pakistan. The film starts in January of 1949 as the voice of India's new Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru is heard. He speaks out to, and for, the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Created by North American Aviation in 1949 to promote their newest jet aircraft, this film features the B-45 Tornado bomber and the F-86 Sabre, as well as the FJ-1 Fury. The North American B-45 Tornado 4-jet bomber is shown at (:24). It was the first operational jet to enter service with the United States Air Force as well as the very first multiengine jet bomber to have ever been refueled in midair. These planes entered into service in 1948. It is filmed gracefully taking off from the runway...
Topics: 1949, North American, Aviation, Promo Film, B-45 Tornado Bomber, F-86 Sabre, FJ-1 Fighter Jets,...
Dating to 1949, this film from Northwest Orient Airlines "Highroad to the Orient" pays visits to Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, and the Philippines. It was made by Reid H. Ray Inc. Northwest was founded in 1926 and took on the moniker "Northwest Orient" after 1947, when it established transpacific routes to Japan. It was absorbed into Delta Airlines in 2010. The film begins with the route of the trip shown on a spinning globe (0:23). Manhattan, New York Harbor (1:10). Times Square...
Topics: Northwest Orient Airlines, Highroad To Hong Kong, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
These silent home movies of the Brooklyn and New York City Rapid Transit system were shot by Artie Keyser in 1955-56. Timecodes listed correspond to screen timecodes. 00:00 TITLE 00:41 Elevated BMT railway in Brooklyn 01:46 Grade Grossing 05:23 Yard scenes 05:59 Ramp track, Riding the Brooklyn open window Gate Cars 12:06 A Train in underground station 16:02 Elevated tracks 18:02 Work equipment 22:49 Car 1249 open gate car 22:06 Work equipment 22:39 Car 1248 23:19 Brooklyn Open gate cars 23:35...
Topics: 1955, Subway, New York, Brooklyn, Railroad, Rapid Transit, Trolley Cars, Stock Footage
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This promotional, color film called North American Van Lines the Great Land Alaska, was probably produced around 1955 as a promotional for its business. North American Van Lines was founded in 1933 by a group of 12 agents and grew into one of the largest U.S. trucking companies. By 1952 it was attempting to expand its business to become international. Ariel of Alaskan mountains ( 0:07 - 0:17 ), Alaskan forests ( 0:22 ), Alaskan rivers ( 0:23 - 0:28 ), the Tundra ( 0:29 - 0:31 ). A Moose eating...
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"Navy Log" was an early television show that appealed to the public and especially to veterans of WWII. It was created by Sam Gallu and presented little known stories and personalities from events spanning World War 2 and the Korean conflict.   These stories were dramatizations based upon true events, many of which are/were unknown to many historians and authors.   The episode, “Men from Mars” is no exception.   This show could very well be about a little known extraterrestrial...
Topics: 1956, Navy Log, Navy Log TV Show, Seaplane, WWII, Stock Footage
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Made in 1956 for the home market and released by Castle Films, this travelogue of New York shows off all the highlights of the Big Apple. It starts with images of the Statue of Liberty (:29). At (:45) a large ocean liner (probably the S.S. United States ) is visible in the harbor. At (:55) are images of the downtown including an aerial (1:09). At (1:27) a shot down Broadway, and (1:38) Wall Street including the Sub-Treasury. Brooklyn Bridge is shown at (2:34), and at (2;47) the Lower East Side...
Topics: 1956, New York City, Travelogue, 8mm, Broadway, Castle Films, Stock Footage
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This color educational animated film from the John Sutherland studios is about a certain Mr. Finchly who has just gotten a 60 dollar raise and wants to figure out the best way to invest it. The film promotes the idea of investing money in stocks by using the MIP (Monthly Investment Plan) and speaking with a broker who deals with the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange). Copyright is 1956. The film was directed by Carl Urbano, animated by Emery Hawkins, George Cannata and James Parian, and written by...
Topics: 1956, New York, Stock Exchange, Working Dollars, Wall Street, Stock Footage
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This news release on NASA’s Apollo 8 mission at the end of 1968 gives viewers a glimpse of the men and objectives of the mission. Apollo 8 was the second manned spaceflight, with a three-man crew consisting of Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders. The men were the first to leave low Earth orbit and the first to orbit the moon. The news release opens with the three astronauts standing in their spacesuits prior to launch. Saturn V...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This 1958 color film shows the Navajo Nation of the 1960s, with a postscript from the 1970s (:13). It’s “A Line on America” film presentation of “A People Between Two Worlds” (:50), produced by Francis and Helen Line. This largest Indian tribe lives on a reservation mostly in Arizona into New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado ( 1:18 ). Sheep provides resources and an income ( 1:50 - 2:08 ). Most of the 15 million acres are too barren, mountainous, or heavily forested ( 2:10 - 2:34 ). Only 4...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This 1958 color film features the highlights of the Ninth Annual Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, South Carolina. This race was a NASCAR Grand National Series event on September 1, 1958. The film was sponsored by The Pure Oil Company and produced by Dynamic Films. Stock car Chevrolets and Fords zip around the track. Footage is shown from the driver’s perspective (:06-1:07). Footage is shown of the cars lined up before the 1953 race. A car spins and flips over multiple times. A car hits the...
Topics: 1958, Nascar, Race, Raceway, South Carolina, Stock Footage
This is a rare promotional film for New York Airways, "THE SKYLINE ROUTE" that dates to 1962 and features the Boeing Vertol 107 helicopter. At this time NYA offered service to LaGuardia and Idlewild Airport. The film includes rare footage of flight operations as well as images of 1960s New York with its traffic jams, which was the primary selling feature for the Skyline Route service. At 10:09 , a future service from the Pan Am building's roof heliport is discussed -- a feature that...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This short film presents viewers with a quick look at the New York’s World Fair as seen from above. The New York’s World Fairs ran in 1939 and again in 1964. It is presented by Castle Films (:09). The Unisphere, which is 12 stories high (:27) begins the film. 23 different states participate in the event (:46). The New York State Pavilion roof was the largest suspension type built and the tower next to it was the highest point of the fair (:49). The Hong Kong pavilion (1:10) precedes the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This black and white film highlights the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, New York. It opens with The Pieta! by Michelangelo, created in 1499 and on display in the Vatican Pavilion (:09-:18), followed by inside the General Motors’ Futurama 2 ride (:19-:54). The opening credits are shown with the Unisphere, presented by United States Steel (:57), shown again at ( 1:36 ). Crowds solemnly pass by the white marble statue of The Pieta! ( 1:51 - 2:11 ). The...
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This 1965 color film highlighting the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair was produced by Francis Thompson and narrated by actor Robert Fields. It provides an incredible variety of mid-1960s clothing, shoes, and hairstyles for men, women, and children as people dressed up to attend the fair held in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, New York. The crowd streams through the front gates ( 1:57 - 3:15 ). A family boards the Greyhound-sponsored motor train ( 3:15 ). It passes the flags of nations lining...
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The 11th quarterly report of NASA’s Manned Space Flight mission will focus on the fourth quarter of 1965 (:23). Some of the major events included are the first Apollo operated Saturn 1 mission (:33) and the Gemini 6 and 7 rendezvous (:58), beginning with the Apollo-Saturn development (1:06). At the White Sands Test Facility (1:08), the first firing program for Apollo space craft propulsion subsystem is finished and will be used for the first Saturn 1 Apollo flight. The nozzle skirt depicted...
Topics: 1965, NASA, Manned Space Flight, Gemini, Saturn V, Stock Footage
This color educational film shows the preparation and highlights of the 1965 National Rifle Matches in Camp Perry, OH.  Opening titles: Williams Gun Sight Company "On the Range" presents TARGET Vs (:06-:37). Army helicopters fly. Aerial shots of rifle ranges at Camp Perry, OH. Our host discusses the many matches of shooting that will be taking place. Larry Wreckel of Saginaw, MI, one of the winners is interviewed. He discusses his rifle and what is shoots. The town people discuss...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This 1965 color film about the New England Heritage Trail is presented by New England Mutual Life Insurance Company and produced by Bay State Film Productions. A girl runs to a Colonial two-story house. She looks in the window. Her grandfather fills crystal glasses and hits them to play a song. She plays them. The red goblet has an animated face that narrates the film (:10-4:25). The Seth Warner statue is a memorial to the Green Mountain Boys (5:00-5:10). A person walks across the wooden North...
Topics: 1965, New England, Travelogue, Heritage trail, Bay State Film, Stock Footage
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Made in 1965, this film shows members of North American Aviation staff arriving in Saigon, to asses U.S. Navy needs in counterinsurgency in Vietnam. The film contains images of Saigon in this era, including shots at 1:25 of bullet holes in the Brinks Hotel, which was also the sight of a famous bombing during the Vietnam War. A funeral procession is seen at 1:40, the result of a claymore mine being set off in a restaurant. U.S. Navy personnel are seen advising Mekong riverine forces starting at...
Topics: 1965, North American Aviation, Counterinsurgency, Vietnam, US Navy, Stock Footage
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This short NASA film gives viewers a look at the 1966 space mission of Gemini XI, which featured astronauts Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. and Richard F. Gordon Jr. The film begins with an Atlas-Agena target vehicle being moved into place at a launch pad. Footage shows the Atlas rockets firing and the Agena taking off. Nearby, the Gemini XI spacecraft sits on Pad 19 waiting to launch. Viewers see Conrad and Gordon waiting for liftoff. Men work in the control room of the mission (01:30). Gemini...
Topics: 1966, NASA, Gemini XI, Mission, Atlas-Gena, Target Vehicle, Stock Footage
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An airliner comes in for a landing in the opening seconds of the circa 1967 National Aeronautics and Space Administration color film “Flight to Tomorrow” as the narrator reminds the viewer that there are more than 300 major airports across the United States. On a typical day, more than 1,100 airplanes take off and land at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City (and 37 million across the United States), as more aircraft are shown landing and we see scenes of some of the 77,000 travelers...
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This film from 1969 is on the Apollo IX Mission and is presented by the Office of Manned Spaceflight (:14). This was the final mission before the manned lunar landing mission and was to test the final components for that mission. It opens with shots of the moon’s surface retrieved from the Apollo VIII mission with Borman, Lovell and Anders (:49). The Lunar Module, whose testing was the prime objective, is shown at (1:25). The Apollo-Saturn V is seen after being mated with all modules and...
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The film “NASA 1971 Aeronautics and Space Highlights” will take a brief look at the year of 1971 and its space and aeronautics achievements. It begins with footage of the moon’s surface (:10) and the Mariner mission to orbit Mars (:32). Mars’ surface is shown (:36) with Earth and the moon in the background. Three Mariner space crafts had flown about 2,000 miles from Mars’ surface (:38). On November 13th, the Mariner 9 was to come within 850 miles (:48). A cartoon depicts the planned...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This short 1970s film by the National Safety Council "Find a Float" takes a look at water safety and what to do in the event of an emergency situation. It opens with a water skier enjoying the sport and conducting spin jumps and dodging around buoys (1:08) as well as a family of three water skiing together (1:58). Other recreational water activities beyond water skiing include diving from a diving board (2:07) and scuba diving (2:16). While many see the water as a place of sport, some...
Topics: 1972, National Safety Council, Boating, Water Skiing, Water Safety, Stock Footage
This patriotic film commemorates the bicentennial of the American Revolutionary War. It depicts historical sites and figures following American military history up until Vietnam and the Cold War. It opens with portraits of Abraham Lincoln (:37) and George Washington (:55). It is presented by the US Department of Defense (:55). The Declaration of Independence, signed July 4th 1776, appears on screen and throughout the film quotes will be read from it (1:54). A painting depicts the British fleet...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This color educational/promotional film "Where Dreams Come True" is about the diverse people who work at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), including women and minorities. The film wass written, produced and directed by William Greaves, and shot by cinematographer Robert Ipcar for NASA. Copyright 1978. Opening: Dr. Patricia S. Cowings speaks. Title: "Where Dreams Come True", narrated by Ricardo Montalban (:06-1:16). Mission control room at NASA. Men,...
Topics: 1978, Space Shuttle, ERA, Diversity, Opportunity, Dreams. Stock Footage
Created in the 1980s by the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, this rarely-seen technical film profiles the International Atomic Energy Agency and its Department of Safeguards and discusses how it is implementing a nuclear safeguard program so that nuclear materials from power plants are not used to create weapons.  The idea of having periodic on-site inspectors by IAEA personnel under the "remote continual verification system" (aka RECOVER) was evaluated for a number of major...
Topics: Nuclear Reactor, Nuclear Weapon, Uranium, Arms Control, Nuclear Proliferation, Uranium-235, Atomic...
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A showcase of news events for the year 1940. Segments include: EUROPE'S TOTAL WAR!, FATE'S IRONY!: Nazis and French sign armistice at Compiegne, BRITAIN'S HEROIC STAND!, AMERICAN DESTROYERS TO BRITAIN!: Fifty World War vessels are exchanged for naval bases, AMERICAN DEFENSE BEGINS!: Nation rallies to strengthen land, air, and sea might, FIRST PEACE-TIME DRAFT!: Sixteen million American youths register, FIRST THIRD TERM PRESIDENT!: Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats Wendell L. Willkie in hard fought...
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This silent home movie shows the 10th reunion of the famed 442nd Infantry Regiment, which is best known for its history as a fighting unit composed almost entirely of second-generation American soldiers of Japanese ancestry (Nisei) who fought in World War II. Beginning in 1944, the regiment fought primarily in the European Theatre, in particular Italy, southern France, and Germany. The film, which may have been shot by one of the Regiment's corpsman Toshi Kuge, begins with shots in a WWII...
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This silent home movie shows the 10th reunion of the famed 442nd Infantry Regiment, which is best known for its history as a fighting unit composed almost entirely of second-generation American soldiers of Japanese ancestry (Nisei) who fought in World War II. Beginning in 1944, the regiment fought primarily in the European Theatre, in particular Italy, southern France, and Germany. The film, which may have been shot by one of the Regiment's corpsman Toshi Kuge, begins with shots in the mainland...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This rare film shows the training of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the United States Army.  The 442nd was a regimental size fighting unit composed almost entirely of American soldiers of Japanese descent who volunteered to fight in World War II even though their families were subject to internment. The 442nd, beginning in 1944, fought primarily in Europe during World War II.  The 442nd was a self-sufficient force, and fought with uncommon distinction in Italy, southern France, and...
Topics: WWII, Japanese-American, 442nd, Purple Heart Battalion, Japanese Internment
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This silent home movie shows the 1951 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, as well as a parade in nearby Arcadia, California. This was the 62nd annual parade. Portions of the film are underexposed but if you skip to about 7:45 you can see some interesting sights -- including floats, girl scout troops marching, men on horseback, and more. The segment at 25:54 shows the "Chicken in the Rough" restaurant -- an Arcadia eatery that was very popular in that era.   We...
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Celebrating the 50th year of the Langley Research Center, this NASA film highlights the many innovations and discoveries made from 1917 through 1967.  Langley Research Center (LaRC) is the oldest of NASA's field centers, located in Hampton, Virginia, United States. It directly borders Poquoson, Virginia and Langley Air Force Base. LaRC focuses primarily on aeronautical research, though the Apollo lunar lander was flight-tested at the facility and a number of high-profile space missions have...
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Topics: NASA, Apollo program, President John F. Kennedy, NACA, Space race, VTOL, landing gear test
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This NASA film, made before the Apollo 11 mission, shows the testing of various spacecraft components, starting with mock-ups of the various systems including parachutes, escape systems, and the command module, service module, and lunar module themselves.  Prototypes of various modules are shown being launched into space, their engines tested, and re-entry shields demonstrated.  At the 2:23 mark, a prototype of the Lunar Module is seen being tested.  The actual modules are seen being built...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, NASA, Apollo Program, Spaceraft, Command Module, Apollo Lunar...
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In a large repertoire of!Kung Bushman games, the melon tossing game is unique in the complexity and stability of its music and in the frequency with which it is played Summary Documents a dancing game among women of the bushmen in Namibia.
Topics: 16mm Film, Educational Film, !Kung (African people), Anthropology, Africa
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N.Y. Fire Department Returning
Topics: New York, New York City, NYC, Early films, Early films of NYC
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by Marshall, John K
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Photography and narration, John K. Marshall; filmed on a 1957 expedition sponsored by Peabody Museum, Harvard University and the Smithsonian Institution With study guide
Topics: 16mm Film, Educational Film, Dance, Rites and ceremonies, San (African people), Anthropology,...
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Topics: VHS, NASA - The First 25 Years - Good Times Home Video
One of the most famous gag films from the 1960s, "The Lighthouse That Never Fails" was made anonymously by the good folks at Cape Canaveral. Supposedly it was inspired by a common gag. With so many tourists visiting the vicinity and asking "where are the rockets", locals would point to the nearby lighthouse which, from a distance, looked a bit like a rocket. During launches supposedly some tourists were told (with the local pointing to the lighthouse) to "keep and eye...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Presented by NASA, ALL SYSTEMS GO is a 26 minute film that was created in March, 1963 about the construction, testing, and documentation of the Gemini III Spacecraft. It also touches on the Project Mercury test launches and failures that resulted in the success of Gemini. The spacecraft shown in this film eventually culminated with the flight of Astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young.  It ended up being the ninth manned United Space spaceflight under NASA's direct control, and was also the...
Topics: NASA, 1963, project Gemini, All Systems Go, Project Mercury, Stock Footage
This NASA film looks at achievements in advancing technology and hardware pipelines in the year of 1964-65.  NASA seal (:10) Firing of the F1 engine of the 1st stage of Saturn V rocket (:24). In November and December of 1964, a series of successful static firing tests on the engines were completed (:40). Extensive development tests were in progress (1:02). The government / industry team had grown to 30,000 (1:17). Development testing for the Gemini program was nearly complete (1:22) as well as...
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This color film produced by NASA, an Aeronautics and Space Report has five segments. The first is 3 Man Apollo (:29). The Apollo mission is to get man to the moon and back safely. The early Mercury and Gemini missions have advanced to the first 3-man crew (:32-:47). Shown are the Apollo 1 astronauts: command pilot Virgil Grissom, senior pilot Edward White, and Roger Chaffee board, ready to do final testing (:48- 1:45 ). [A cabin fire during this launch rehearsal test on January 27, 1967 will...
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