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Ephemeral Films

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 color educational film from the Crown Film Unit is about Hawick, Scotland and the sweaters made there. Hawick is the largest of the border towns and internationally and famous for its quality knitwear. Copyright 1948. Opening titles: Queen O The Border (:09). Map of Scotland (:31). Hawick, Scotland. A statue of a man holding a flag on a horse (:41). Hawick buildings (1:05). Countryside of Hawick (1:14). Horses on a hillside (1:37). Captured flag from an old war versus the English is...
Topic: Stock Footage
This historic promo film from Olin Mathieson entitled "Quality Controls the Sale" demonstrates how the company produced high quality chemical products -- through extensive testing and quality control. The tests shown in the film, which uses antifreeze as an example product, include Ph balance, freezing point, specific gravity, reserve alkalinity, boiling point, plus corrosion studies.  The Olin Corporation is an American manufacturer of ammunition, chlorine, and sodium hydroxide....
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1945 U.S. Navy training film, Quit Stalling—Or Spin In! (MN-4353a), teaches pilots the dangers of stalling, or spinning, and how to avoid crashing. A stall is what happens when an aero foil cannot make enough lift to keep the aircraft in level flight. The film features a Navy instructor who presents a series of case studies from the Navy’s office of Flight Safety Flight Statistics (00:52). The film begins with footage of a plane stalling and crashing into the ground (00:14); the...
Topics: 1945, Quit Stalling, Spin in, WWII, US Navy Pilot, Training Film, Stalls, Spins, Plane Crash, Stock...
Dating to the late 1950s or early 1960s, this silent footage shows U.S. Navy training operations at Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine. At least one of the aircraft (33:41) tail #128345 was affiliated with Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) , a U.S. Navy land-based patrol squadron. The film likely dates to prior to 1962, when VP-8 switched from P2V Neptunes to the P-3 Orion aircraft. Many activities are shown in the film including classroom training with radar and communications equipment, ground...
Topic: Stock Footage
Educational Films
by Cohen, John
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Robert Gardener, Caitlin FitzGerald Edited by Paul Justman ; sound by Emilio Rodriquez Summary Looks at the lifestyle of the Qeros Indian who have lived in the Peruvian Andes for over 3,000 years. Shows their ecological consciousness as they adapt crops to different altitudes, use natural materials and play flutes which echo Andean winds.
Topics: 16mm Film, Educational Film, Indians of South America, Quechua Indians, Space exploration, Social...
Ephemeral VHS
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Topics: VHS, QED - The Magic Picture Show
This color, silent film was sold for the home market in the 1950s. It shows Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh's royal tour of nations in the Commonwealth conducted in 1954, including Australia, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Malta and Libya as well as the English possession Gibraltar.  The trip started in April in Australia, and concluded in May in Gibraltar.   Opening titles: Associated British-Pathe Ltd present Welcome the Queen! (:11). Title: Sydney, Australia. Boats in the harbor, people...
Topic: Stock Footage
PeriscopeFilm
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In 1961, England's Queen Elizabeth II paid a state visit to Iran where she and Prince Philip were hosted by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi at Isfahan, Tehran and Persepolis. Elizabeth returned for another visit in 1975. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (26 October 1919 – 27 July 1980), was the Shah of Iran from 16 September 1941 until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on 11 February 1979. Mohammad Reza Shah took the title Shāhanshāh ("Emperor" or "King of Kings") on 26 October...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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In 1961, England's Queen Elizabeth II paid a state visit to Iran where she and Prince Philip were hosted by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi at Isfahan, Tehran and Persepolis. Elizabeth returned for another visit in 1975. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (26 October 1919 – 27 July 1980), was the Shah of Iran from 16 September 1941 until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on 11 February 1979. Mohammad Reza Shah took the title Shāhanshāh ("Emperor" or "King of Kings") on 26 October...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Documentary footage examining Allied machinery and methods used to attack the Axis powers on the beach fronts. Includes the Battle of Dunkirk and amphibious assaults on Sicily, Salerno, and Dieppe, France. Narrated by Quentin Reynolds. Navy film of the training and struggle to obtain beaches in Pacific and European Areas. Combat scenes of WWII. Reel 1: 1) Several LS taken off shore looking at White Cliffs of Dover. 2) Several quick flash shots showing England. Civil defense in operation,...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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This 1945 U.S. Navy training film, Quit Stalling—Or Spin In! (MN-4353a), teaches pilots the dangers of stalling, or spinning, and how to avoid crashing. A stall is what happens when an aero foil cannot make enough lift to keep the aircraft in level flight. The film features a Navy instructor who presents a series of case studies from the Navy’s office of Flight Safety Flight Statistics ( 00:52 ). The film begins with footage of a plane stalling and crashing into the ground ( 00:14 ); the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Educational Films
by Guthrie, Scott; Huckert, John
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An experimental film by Scott Guthrie and John Huckert about a young black woman who fantasizes about becoming a documentary filmmaker. The obstacles she encounters symbolize her oppression by a white, male-dominated world. Judge's Award, Penn State Student Film Festival, 1976
Topics: Motion pictures, Polish., Drama., Amnesia, Poland, Medical care, Feature films.
Orgone Archive
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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
Topic: orgone archive
A/V Geeks
by USDA
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Stresses the importance of a healthy, accredited herd, correct feeding and sanitary practices in the production of milk. This film can be purchased on DVD and higher quality versions of the film can be purchased for stock footage purposes. Contact footage@avgeeks.com for more information
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A/V Geeks
by United States Department of Agriculture
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Kinescope. Presents a U. S. Department of Agriculture's consumer meat specialist who gives valuable tips on buying and preparing meat by using the USDA grades of quality.
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Educational Films
by Education Development Center
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The ten short computer-animated segments in this program are designed to assist the comprehension of quantum phenomena by illustrating the time development of wave packets in various one-dimensional environments. All of the phenomena are described by the time-dependent Schrodinger equation
Topic: Quantum theory
A/V Geeks
by Churchill
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Uses animation to explain the physiological aspects of venereal disease, including syphilis and gonorrhea. Shows how the organisms enter the body, how the diseases affect tissues and organs and how they may be recognized. The need for treatment is stressed. This film can be purchased on DVD and higher quality versions of the film can be purchased for stock footage purposes. Contact footage@avgeeks.com for more information
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Educational Films
by Thames Television, ltd; Bruce Raymond Films
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Provides some historical background which leads up to today's emergence of French nationalism in Quebec that has become a serious threat to the unity of Canada. René Lévesque warns if English Canada cannot accept Quebec's demands for self-government it will be the English who will cause the break-up of the federal structure
Topics: Lévesque, René, 1922-, Autonomy and independence movements, English-French relations in Canada
Ephemeral VHS
by A & E Television Networks
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Rare footage, new research, and exclusive interviews bring the story of Queen Elizabeth to life.-- description from box.
Topics: vhs, Queen Elizabeth, biography
Source: VHS Panasonic AG-1980>Panasonic DMR-E30>CDR via OSX
Ephemeral Films
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A lighthearted 1961 British documentary about Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Pakistan. Produced by British Movietone for the Central Office of Information. 
Topics: Short film, Documentary, 1961, 1960s, Travelogue, Central Office of Information, Prince Philip,...
Shaping San Francisco
by Paper Tiger TV West
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A protest against the silence surrounding the original genocide in North America staged at a "Queen Isabella" pageant.
Topics: Pageant, protest, Quincentennial
Orgone Archive
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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
Topic: orgone archive
Educational Films
by Alexander Hamilton-Brown
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Considers the significance of symmetry and shape at the molecular level and introduces the relationship between the molecular structure of materials and their general properties. FOR FURTHER INQUIRIES contact: Arts On Film. http://artsonfilm.com/
Educational Films
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Orgone Archive
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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
Topic: orgone archive
Educational Films
by Barret, Elizabeth
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An appreciative examination of the art of quilting, showing women of previous generations, as well as of today, as they practice and comment on various aspects of the craft
Topics: Coverlets, Needlework