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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 late 1940s, black and white film reviews the many accomplishments of the women of World War II, including members of the WASPS and WAACS, nurses, file clerks and auxiliaries as well as others who contributed in supporting the war effort. The movie primarily focuses on the WAACS, The Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps, and the WASPS, Women Airforce Service Pilots. The United States Air Force presents, “Salute to the Ladies”. The movie opens in downtown USA. Teenagers sit at the lunch...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This black and white promotional film, produced for Pontiac dealers by the Jam Handy Corporation, opens with a title card featuring the stylized profile emblem of Ottawa Chief Pontiac (Obwondiyag) (00:09). It introduces the 1956 Pontiac Strato-Streak V8 sedan (00:23) with a series of still shots, transitioning to show the car in motion (00:40) and the view through the windshield, with the driver’s face reflected in the rear-view mirror (00:47). There is a wide panning shot of a bi-level...
Topics: Pontiac, 1956, Strato Cruiser, Star Chief, Promotional Film, Stock Footage
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This 1920s black and white silent film promoting California Parlor Car Tours Inc. advertises bus line service between Los Angeles and San Francisco, with a focus on travel accommodations and sightseeing opportunities (TRT 9:57). Front view of a parked Fageol Safety Coach Parlor Car on a Los Angeles to San Francisco line (0:08). Glass windows are shown retracted, providing an unobstructed view of the passenger cabin (0:23). Title card: “America’s first Observation Motor Parlor Car” (0:30)....
Topics: California, San Francisco, Bus Tour, Los Angeles, Stock Footage
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This (somewhat incomplete) late 1940s / early 1950’s color film "Seminar to Priesthood" uses the conceit of a scrapbook photo album to make a case for the vocation of Roman Catholic priesthood. Life on seminary campuses is depicted with an emphasis on recreation, while the benefits of a non-secular education are praised (TRT 38:06). The film was produced by the Jam Handy Organization. Film begins in media res. Young men play soccer at a French prep seminary (0:06). A student writes...
Topics: Seminar To Priesthood, 1950s, Roman Catholic Church, Seminary, Stock Footage
Produced by Bob Cording and Jerry Humphries in 1977, "Set Free" takes a look at the role that Christianity can play in the rehabilitation of the incarcerated.   The film was something of a departure for Cording-Humphries films, as the company was most well-known for its inspirational sports films including the breakthrough Christian surfing film; 'Tales from the Tube'. At the time "Set Free" was made glimpses inside penitentiaries were rare, as cameras rarely penetrated...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This fabulous film from General Electric tells the story of the backbone of America's transportation system in the 20th Century -- the railroad.  Made in 1950, the movie traces the evolution of locomotive power from steam through electric and diesel-electric to the latest super-powered gas-turbine electric. Emphasis is given to the ways in which these developments have kept pace with the ever-growing demands of a nation that today virtually "lives out of box cars." The picture also...
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Topics: Electric, Rails, Railroad, Transportation, 1950, Stock Footage
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"Show Business at War" dates to 1943 and showcases the incredible efforts of the entertainers of the day, the film and entertainment industries, and their collective sacrifice to support our troops and the victory effort during World War II. The bright lights of Broadway in New York City and the offices of the weekly theatrical paper, Variety 1:00. Variety is an American media company owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly...
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Topics: Show Business, Show Business At War, 1943, World War II, Hollywood, Broadway, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1947, this film "Skifully Yours" was produced by the Ford Motor Co. and directed by Jerry Webb and produced by Otto Lang. (Lang was a pioneering ski instructor who became one of the most famous skiers of his era. He taught Schneider's Arlberg Method and worked with many Hollywood stars at Sun Valley, Idaho.)  The film is narrated by Dan McNamara (:25). The film was part of a series of Ford films that promoted driving destinations in the USA. The film opens with a list of...
Topics: Skillfully Yours, 1947, Ski Resort, Promo Film, Sun Valley, Idaho, Otto Land, Hollywood Stars,...
This film, "Smoking and Lung Cancer" dates to 1960 and was an early attempt to show the deleterious effects of cigarettes. The film depicts an actual patient at the Royal Edward Chest Hospital in Montreal, Canada. The doctors perform diagnostic tests, assessment, and surgical preparation for the removal of a lung from a patient with a long history of cigarette smoking. The close link between smoking and lung cancer, as well as other diseases, is discussed as well but -- because of the...
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The first episode of a two-part presentation by the Social Security Administration of the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, this educational film covers changes during the transitional period of Social Security programs and legislation during the mid-1960s. The public service film production begins with a colorful map of the United States at 0:07. The film emphasizes how Social Security serves Americans all across the country and is hosted by Roy L. Swift, the SSA's...
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The United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare Social Security Administration presented this film as an informational viewing opportunity for Americans, as new legislation affected the Social Security Administration for the first time in decades beginning around 1963. A multi-colored map of the nation appears with the SSA's official title (00:05-00:36). The public service announcement is the second episode in a weekly series that dates between 1965 and 1967. This was a...
Topics: Social Security, America, New Orleans
This color, British educational film "Sole of Comfort" is about making a sole for a shoe. It was made on behalf of the British Leather Publicity Council and with the help of the British Leather Manufacturers' Research Association. No copyright but this film is circa the late 1940s or very early 1950s. Opening: a boot with a spur, close on an alligator, lizard, snake, deer, salamander, bull in a field. Leather is examined and then placed in a special solution. The hide of leather is...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about some of the tourist attractions and big cities to see in South America, primarily focusing on Argentina and Brazil but also including images in Peru. This is copyright 1941, and features footage that was shot in the 1930s. Opening: South American Vista (:06-:09). The Andes Mountains loom.  Flowing waters below the equator in South America. Horses walk by. A man sits atop a horse. The iconic Gaucho, or cowboy. Argentina beef. Peru, people in the...
Topics: South American Vista, 1941, Travelogue, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Buenos Aires Rio, Stock Footage,...
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This black & white educational film is about some of the tourist attractions and big cities to see in South America, primarily focusing on Argentina and Brazil but also including images in Peru. This is copyright 1941, and features footage that was shot in the 1930s. Opening: South American Vista (:06-:09). The Andes Mountains loom.  Flowing waters below the equator in South America. Horses walk by. A man sits atop a horse. The iconic Gaucho, or cowboy. Argentina beef. Peru, people in the...
Topics: South American Vista, 1941, South American Travelogue, Peru, Brazil, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This color educational film is about the first nuclear reactor to be operated in space, the Snap 10A reactor power system. Copyright is June 1962.  Opening credits: SPACE NUCLEAR POWER (:10-1:00). A satellite floats in space. Atomics International employees at work. The name of this program is SNAP (Systems for Nuclear Auxiliary Power). The SNAP 10A system. A man pieces together the top of the SNAP 10A. A man places a mercury turbo generator into it. A reactor: reflectors and the vessel, a...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This 1981 NASA documentary, narrated by James Doohan, covers the first mission of Space Shuttle Columbia, STS-1, shows the training of the crewmembers, and takes a quick look at the international aspects of the mission, including the European Space Agency’s development of a space laboratory. The film also includes several sequences of montage shots of various people and places from all over the world, moving away from an “America versus Russia” narrative and stressing the global or...
Topics: Space Shuttle, NASA, STS-1 Columbia, James Doothan, Stock Footage
This episode of the color television show "America!", created by Jack Douglas, is entitled "Star Spangled City". This is part 1 of a 2 part episode, "The House, The Hill, The Shadows of Three". It presents a visitor's guide to the nation's capitol, Washington, D.C. Narrated by Robert Taylor with score by Nelson Riddle. Copyright 1965. Opening titles: America! Robert Taylor speaks alongside his wife and children (:08). Title: Camera Cade - Star Spangled City (:58)....
Topic: Stock Footage
From the 1930s, this film looks at the development of transportation from the days when the camel and horse were the fastest modes of travel up to the present days of the zeppelin, airplane and Zephyr train. Traces the history of steam from the days of Robert Fulton's steamboat, and the development of the gasoline engine from the days of the horseless carriage to the present day.
Topics: Transportation, 1930, Zeppelin, Zephyr, Stock Footage
This film is of the film series called “Stranger than Fiction”. The original title was “Strange as it Seems” and they ran about every two to three weeks from 1934 to 1942. This Universal Pictures film was produced by Joseph O’ Brien and Thomas Mead (:15) with Alois Harvrilla as the narrator. It begins with a triumph over handicap as the woman shown had suffered a stroke at 48 which paralyzed the left half of her body and yet she continued to make impressive embroidery with only one...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This 1960s NASA film shows viewers the test flights of the first two Saturn rockets, SA-1 and SA-2. The film follows the rockets from Marshall Space Flight Center to the barge transportation to Cape Canaveral for the test flights. The film begins with footage from August 1961 of a barge carrying SA-1 down what appears to be the Mississippi River on its way to Cape Canaveral. A truck drives onto a dock carrying part of the rocket (01:08). Viewers see the Saturn rocket in one of the buildings at...
Topics: Saturn, Giant Step, moon, 1960s, NASA, Apollo Program, Saturn I, IB, Project Highwater, Stock...
This short National Academy of Sciences educational film from the early 1960s, part of the Planet Earth series, gives viewers a look at how satellites are placed into orbit and the importance they play in advancing technology, science, and space exploration. The film opens with footage of a rocket at a launch pad and men in the control room preparing for liftoff. The rocket blasts off into night (01:05). An illustration shows Alexander the Great using griffins to get to space (01:53). Another...
Topic: Stock Footage
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One of a series of black & white educational films distributed by "Films of the Nations", "Scottish Rhapsody" presents the country of Scotland. This is circa 1953, and directed by Austen West, and produced by Maurice Groen. Titles: Films of the Nations presents Scottish Rhapsody (:06-:44). Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh is Scotland's compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the...
Topics: 1950s, Travelogue, Scottish Rhapsody, Edinburgh, Stock Footage, Scotland
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This is a 1951 black and white film called Movie Wonderland. 6116 Glen Tower, Hollywood California. The film opens with the title “Screen Magazine: featuring the amazing people and things of our Wonderful World…” With Betty Gray, released through United Artists. The purpose of the movie is to highlight the many ways that women are making strides in different industries, fashion and sports. The movie is fashioned as a news piece, is hosted by Betty Gray and is narrated by a man and a woman...
Topics: Screen Magazine, Womens Fashion, Sprots, Betty Gray, Stickum Jewelry, Stock Footage
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This short film from Hughes Aircraft gives viewers a look at the company’s ground laser locator designator (GLLD), the AN/TVQ-2 GLLD. A tank turret swivels as a tank gunner prepares to fire a shell. A forward observer locates a target with a GLLD and the hidden tank is able to fire at the target without firing any spotting rounds (00:48). Viewers see a laser (01:07), key to the development of the GLLD. The film then shows a AN/TVQ-2 Ground Laser Locator Designator (01:30). Two soldiers carry...
Topics: Hughes Aircraft, Ground Laser Target, Stock Footage
This episode of Jack Douglas’ television series Across the Seven Seas, “Seven Splendors of Persia,” joins American travel filmmakers Clifford and Bunny Kamen on their trip to Iran for a look at the splendors of old Persia. The episode opens with a shot of the Kamens leaving their home. Clifford Kamen speaks to the camera about his travels (brief footage shows him in Greece and Peru) and his recent trip with his wife to Iran, formally known as Persia. The couple walk of an airplane....
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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One of a series of educational films directed and shot by Victor Jurgens and released under the name "This World of Ours" , this film "Sheep Ranch Country" focuses on the people of Southeastern Australia. Copyright 1949. Opening titles: Educational Film Library - Sheep Ranch Country (:06-:50). Country of Australia. It's sparsely populated. Broad rolling plains. Sheep on the great plains. Clouds in the sky. Pastures for dairy cattle. Creamery, a mechanical churn (:51-2:41)....
Topics: Sheep, Ranch Country, 1949, Southeastern Austrailia, Educational Film. Wool Production, Stock...
This World War II-era British training film, produced by Byron Pictures, Ltd., shows the importance of waiting for a target to move into the ideal range of a series of guns in order to have the best shot possible. The film covers the defensive and offensive firing of a Thompson submachine gun, a standard rifle (appears to be a Lee-Enfield rifle), a Bren light machine gun, the Boys Anti-Tank Rifle, and the anti-tank Ordnance QF 2-pounder by giving scenarios of incorrectly firing too soon...
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Made by the Israeli Motion Picture Studios for the home market, the silent film "Six Days in June" shows some of the events inhe Six-Day War, also known as the June War, 1967 Arab–Israeli War, or Third Arab–Israeli War. This was a conflict fought between June 5 and 10, 1967 by Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt (known at the time as the United Arab Republic), Jordan, and Syria. In the period leading up to June 1967, tensions became dangerously heightened. Israel reiterated...
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Made by the Israeli Motion Picture Studios for the home market, the silent film "Six Days in June" shows some of the events inhe Six-Day War, also known as the June War, 1967 Arab–Israeli War, or Third Arab–Israeli War. This was a conflict fought between June 5 and 10, 1967 by Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt (known at the time as the United Arab Republic), Jordan, and Syria. In the period leading up to June 1967, tensions became dangerously heightened. Israel reiterated...
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Dating to 1943, this film "Smoke Rings" presents  Glen Gray Knoblauch ("Glen Gray") and his famous Casa Loma Orchestra, along with the Pied Pipers, trombonist Pee Wee Hunt and female vocalist Eugenie Baird. The short, which takes its name from the band's signature song, was directed by Arthur Dreifuss, associate produced by Will Cowan, shot by William Sickner with Charles Previn as musical director, and Bernard Brown as "sound director" (a title sometimes seen in...
Topics: Smoke Rings, Glen Gray, Casa Loma, Orchestra, 1930s, Swing Band, Pied Pipers, Stock Footage,...
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Produced by Sarra Productiosn for the National Safety Council, "Smooth Operation" is a black & white educational film, about how to drive trucks safely and efficiently on city streets.  Copyright 1951. Opening: National Safety Council presents SMOOTH OPERATION (:06-:29). A man pulls a Pacific Intermountain Express (P.I.E.) trailer, with a Ford F7 Big Job truck. Truck turns down a street. A trucker smiles, waves at another. Trucks come into the depot. Another trucker fills out a...
Topics: Smooth Operation, 1951, Truck Driver, Truckers, City Driving, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Entitled SNAFU, this wonderful WWII training film is part of the "Fighting Men" series, designed to psychological prepare troops for the rigors of combat and Army life.  It features various scenarios about SNAFUs -- situation normal, all fouled up (or "f-d" up!)  As the narrator says "in war, the abnormal is normal.  You can't predict the turns of battle."  Rifles can jam, bridges will not be ready, food won't be delivered on time.  The point of the film is...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Training Film, SNAFU, African American In WWII
“Red Foley in So Powerful Strong” is presented by Ford Motor Company’s Tractor and Implement Division. This is a promotional film highlighting the new Ford 861 Diesel Tractor circa 1958. The film opens with a close-up of an “on air” button in a recording studio (0:14). Red Foley is playing his guitar and singing “Alabama Jubilee.” He finishes the song and says goodnight to the audience over the radio. As he plays an outro, the announcer thanks the sponsors of the Red Foley Show,...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This black & white promotional/educational film is about Jimmie Lynch and his Death Dodgers and how they use Dodge Cars - the safest cars on the road. This was made in 1948.   Opening titles: SO YOU WANT THRILLS! featuring Jimmie Lynch and his Death Dodgers. Presented by Dodge (:08-:46). Amusement Park rides. People roam a carnival, walk by the Merry-Go-Round. People go over towards the Death Dodgers. Henry wants to be a Death Dodger, he fights with his girlfriend about joining Jimmie...
Topics: Thrills, Jimmie Lynch, Death Dodgers, Car Stunt, Dodge Cars, Stock Footage
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This 1943 Jam Handy Productions film takes viewers on a tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis, MO where Budweiser is brewed and bottled. The film’s stated purpose is to “give you an iron-clad answer to any questioner who asks why he should pay more for Budweiser.” The film opens with a father and his adult daughter climbing out of a car and heading into a restaurant for dinner—a black tie affair. They sit down at their table and order food. The man orders a Budweiser then...
Topics: Jam handy, Budweiser, 1943, Beer, Alcohol, Stock Footage
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This short film is a collection of two 1960s commercials for RCA Victor products—the company’s redesigned portable phonograph and the Mark 1 color television. In the first commercial, “Sound On The Move,” viewers see a woman carrying a portable phonograph down a street. Another woman is getting one out of the back of her car. A woman opens up the case of an RCA Victor Swing-Line unit (00:39), swinging out the speakers and the changer. She looks through the see-through cabinet design. A...
Topics: RCA, Portable Phonograph, Record Player, Color Television, TV
This episode of Jack Douglas’ television series Across the Seven Seas, “South American Ways,” takes viewers on a tour of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires after sundown. The episode starts with an aerial view of Rio (01:25). Sugarloaf Mountain rises across the bay. At night, Rio is lit by neon signs. People cram onto a streetcar to ride home. The episode takes viewers into a middle-class home to show a family having dinner (02:20). Next, viewers see a musical production of a Carnival dance...
Topic: Stock Footage
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The Pontiac Motor Division of General Motors Corporation, in cooperation with its 4,200 Pontiac dealers, presents a 1951 color movie called, Stepping Up with the Joneses, with script by Dick Owen Allen, directed by Stephen Kiefer, photography by Grover Seyfried and recorded by Ralph Goeke. The movie opens with a woman filling glass containers of milk, and the storing them in her refrigerator, 00:43. Mother and son discuss the family car around the dining room table, 2:00. The father enters and...
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Topics: Stepping Up With The Joneses, 1951, Pontiac Car, Hydromatic Drive, Stock Footage
This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie that opens with a man with a microphone bouncing up and down. Directed by Bob Hiestand, this is an episode of the TV show "Success Story" that each week comes from “somewhere” in southern California as a public service by Richfield, makers of Richfield 1030 motor oil and gasoline. The movie is about Stauffer motorized couches for figure control. The Stauffer Posture-Rest is pictured, 1:39 . Stauffer plant is shown with Ken Peters...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This black & white educational film is about Synoptic Meteorology, which is the analysis and prediction of large-scale weather systems; understanding relatively large-scale weather-producing disturbances like frontal depressions, tropical cyclones, and anticyclones. Copyright is circa the 1930s.  Opening titles: Meteorology - Synoptic Meteorology, produced by Science Films Ltd (:06-:32). Hands turn the pages of a book that contain many weather maps. A man writes down the air temperature...
Topic: Stock Footage
National Film Preservation Foundation
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Newsreel with stories about burglar-proof mail containers, golfing moms, a prototype car phone, the Princeton crew team, and the latest fashions. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and UCLA Film & Television Archive.
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Made in 1936, "The Song of a Nation" is an historical featurette dramatizing the events that led to Francis Scott Key writing the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner."  It stars Donald Wood as Francis Scott Key.  The plot begins in Georgetown in 1814 where, lawyer Francis Scott Key believes the government is not doing enough to protect the country from the warring British. He is not afraid to air his views, unpopular amongst the military/political circle in which he...
Topics: National Anthem, War 1812, Francis Scott Key
Made for viewers in the United Kingdom, this late 1960s color film about the U.S National Parks is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. The film opens with multiple views over Niagara Falls, with close-ups of the rushing white water (:23- 1:02 ). A Pan Am Jet Clipper arrives, is guided by the marshaller, and passengers disembark ( 1:03 - 1:29 ). A view through an automobile tunnel hole is shown at Glacier National Park. Water tumbles down a waterfall of steps as children play in...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Self-improvement film funded by a paper company. In the story a dissatisfied factory worker imagines what it would be like to become a company foreman or the company president. The worker comes to learn that every employee, regardless of position, must be productive to succeed. Through this parable,  1104 Sutton Road  argues that improving personal relations and communications in the workplace increases productivity and makes each em­ployee a better person. Note:  Released in Technicolor...
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This 1940s black and white “Gay Nineties Live Again” was produced by Castle Films as part of the “Old Time Movies” series. Due to being early film, some of it reproduced from "paper prints" in the Library of Congress, some of the segments are faint or flickering. The film begins with the segment When Dobbin was King! (:24-:48). Two horses pull a trolley or horsecar. Seeing New York Via Steam-Engine! (:48- 1:07 ). An elevated steam locomotive passes. Putt-putt and Bowlers (...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This 1920s or early 1930s home movie is a bit of a mystery.  It shows scenes at an airport where some kind of air show is in progress.  Based on research done by third parties, we've determined that the airport at the beginning of the film is likely the McIntyre Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (If you look closely at the hangar in the rear at the :40 mark you can see the airport's distinctively marked hangar).   At the 2:45 mark a group of women are seen who may either be female pilots, or...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Air Racing Pilot, Home Movies, Airport, Traveler, Delta Air Lines
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Made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the 1920s, "Wheels of Progress" is a silent educational film that contains fascinating footage of horses, buggies, bicycles and early automobiles.  The film notes that even "25 years ago" a 25-mile trip was very, very far.  Now thanks to the automobile, distances are shorter.  However as the film shows at the 2:09 mark, early automobiles were far from reliable.  The film shows an early traffic jam at the 3:00 mark, and...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Model T, Flivver, Early Automobiles, Horse and Buggy, Model A Ford,...
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This late 1920s, early 1930s educational movie attempts to provide some insight into the Seminole tribe in Florida's Everglades.  It begins with silent movie footage re-enacting Ponce de Leon arriving in Florida by ship -- and then shows exceptionally early and rare footage of tribe members in their beautiful handmade clothing, foraging in the swamps amid deer, alligators, wildcats and snakes. Green corn farming is seen at the 3:15 mark, and the making of bread at 5:30. Housing and a village...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Seminoles, Florida
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Farming History in America * 1920s 1930s * Archival Footage Data filmed during the Great Depression Anyone who enjoys this information as much as I do really should check out this web page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuX0poHk--DqZIVh_O9G5rQ I have not rcvd nor am I receiving any benefit, financial or otherwise, for mentioning this persons YouTube Channel. It simply contains really great archival data!! * Source: YouTube Channel Charlie Dean Archives. Thank you for this great farming...
Topics: Great Depression, Farming USA 20s-30s, Farming USA 20s, Farming USA 30s, Farming Archives
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This 1920s or 30s vintage silent home movie titled "The Quest for the Boojum Tree", shows a botany expedition to Mexico mounted by prominent residents of Tucson, Arizona. It includes a segment about the making of tequila. The names of the persons in the expedition (according to the title cards) were Kreider, Shreve, Sykes, Gilbert, Graham, Hobbs and "Joe", Uhlela, and "the Photographer." "Shreve" is most likely Forrest Shreve, a botanist and desert plant...
Topic: Stock Footage
Made in the late 1920s or early 1930s, this silent movie made by the Burlington Railroad and titled "Petroleum" shows the oil industry in and around Casper, Wyoming including the Salt Creek Field. The Salt Creek Oil Field around the town of Midwest, Wyo., about 40 miles north of Casper, is still producing oil today and was at one time the largest producing oil field in the world. At 1:12 a sweeping panorama reveals the working field while at 1:25 hundreds of pipes -- possibly...
Topic: Stock Footage
One of the silent films made by Eastman Kodak in the 1920s for classroom use, "Limestone and Marble" examines both of these stones. At :36 a limestone quarry is shown, with the limestone originating from "an old coral reef". At :50, chipped limestone is shown being stored for use in road building. At 1:17 an early dump truck drops a load of rock into a crusher and it emerges in small pieces ( 2:00 ).   At 2:08 it is dumped to form a roadbed. At 2:16 chalk, a form of...
Topics: High Definition, Stock Footage
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Produced as part of an educational series of films by the Eastman Kodak Company, "Care and Planting of Trees" is a silent movie that dates to 1927. The film features several moments of interest to modern audiences including mass spraying of trees with pesticides. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This silent film from the 1920’s was to be shown in classroom as a teaching tool. It shows various methods of transportation across the globe including modern methods as well as more primitive methods. It was edited by Don Carlos Ellis (:12). Footage opens the film of city streets with inhabitants in traditional 1920’s style attire as a trolley or streetcar / tram rides through the streets (:45). A steam locomotive pulls a train round a bend along a large hill (:52). An American style steam...
Topics: 1920s, Transportation, Horses, Trolley Cars, Trains, Stock Footage
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Produced as part of an educational series of films by the Eastman Kodak Company, "Care and Planting of Trees" is a silent movie that dates to 1927.  The film features several moments of interest to modern audiences including mass spraying of trees with pesticides. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in...
Topics: Eastman Kodak, educational, film, pesticides, ecology, vintage, classroom
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This silent 16m home movie contains various scenes of aviation in the 1920s. The start of the film shows a Ford TriMotor in operation. The sign at  1:53  says that this is the "Remrand", an airplane that was owned by Remington Rand and tail  #NC1780 , built in 1927. It's unclear who was flying on the airplane, but it definitely looks like an inaugural flight of some kind. This 4-AT-11 airplane flew for both Safety Airlines, later reorganized as New York Safety Airlines. At  4:15...
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This silent travelogue shows Los Angeles and Hollywood in the late 1920s or early 30s, with shots of Hollywood Blvd., Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Hollywoodland sign (now the Hollywood sign), El Capitan Theater, First National Bank building, the Hotel Hollywood, Grauman's Egyptian Theater, the Warner Brothers' Famous Theater, Hotel Roosevelt, and more. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something...
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Created in the late 1920s or early 1930s by Philip M. Brown, "A Pilgrimage Through Palestine" borrows its title from a popular book first published in the 1890s.  The film travelogue shows views of various cities in British occupied Palestine -- today's State of Israel -- including Nazareth, Jericho, Haifa, Tiberius and more.  Mandatory Palestine as it was known, was a geopolitical entity under British administration, carved out of Ottoman Southern Syria after World War I. British...
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Shot in the late 1920s or early 30s, this  16mm home movie consists of several sections. In the first, believe to show part of the 1929 Powder Puff Derby women's air race, an airport is seen with various numbered aircraft.  These include Travelair biplane, and what appears to be Pancho Barnes' Travelair Model R Mystery Ship (:13 seconds) taxiing and then taking off.  The biplane at 1:15 is marked NC4615, apparently a Waco GXE. At 1:30, a Ford Trimotor is seen at the airport and takes off in...
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Made in the 1920s as part of Kodak's educational film library, this  silent, tinted film entitled "Beaver Dams" presents a wonderful portrait of beavers in the wild. 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 Churchill at the...
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Made by the Koehler Manufacturing Co., a Naperville-based furniture maker, this silent promotional film tells the story of the company and it's product's "Hidden Qualities". The film showcases a variety of mass-produced furnishings, all made through a version of the assembly line process that nevertheless produced a high-quality end product. Hardwood made up the frames, steel the springs, and strong fabrics were used for upholstery. The film provides an interesting insight into...
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Made by the Koehler Manufacturing Co., a Naperville-based furniture maker, this silent promotional film tells the story of the company and it's product's "Hidden Qualities". The film showcases a variety of mass-produced furnishings, all made through a version of the assembly line process that nevertheless produced a high-quality end product. Hardwood made up the frames, steel the springs, and strong fabrics were used for upholstery. The film provides an interesting insight into...
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This short, silent film shows the manufacture of shell casings. It starts with shots of rough casting of shrapnel. They are heated (:23), and then placed in a press for "nosing" or "bottling" at :39. At :51 rough ammunition is shown in stacks. At :56 slugs are stamped out, similar to bird shot. At 1:21 cases are filled and sealed. At 1:29 hot tar is added to bind the slugs and the nose assembled (1:41). At 1:51 various shell sizes and types are shown off. The cases are made...
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Created in the late 1920s or early 1930s, this Eastman Classroom Film examines ocean liners. It begins with a shot of a three stack ocean liner at :20. At :24 an ocean liner is designed by draftsman. At :46 a model is built. At :51 a layout is done on the floor. At 1:13 metal hull segments are machined. At 1:29 workers construct the ship at a shipyard. At 2:02 a vast scaffold surrounds the ship's hull.   At 2:35 the ship's propeller is moved into position while at 2:40 the rudder is seen being...
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This silent German film shows the harvesting of lumber during winter, most likely near Bergen, Norway. As you will see, almost all the effort is by hand, although at 2:30 a sledge and gravity make the transport of firewood fairly easy. At 4:14 firewood is piled up for storage. At 5:05 one of the workers shows off his shoe which has a long metal spike on it for steadiness in the snow.   At 5:19 sleds are moved back up the mountain. At 6:20 lumberjacks pause to eat a warm meal.   At 6:55 the...
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This silent film from the 1920s shows the harpooning of a whale on the high seas, and the harvesting of the whale by a team of men. At :48, a lookout spots a whale, and at 1:40 the whale is harpooned from a distance of perhaps fifty feet. The whale is then beached at the 2:27 mark so that it can be processed. At 4:30, barnacles are removed from the skin of the whale prior to it being carved open and butchered. At 5:30, the skin of the creature is removed and then blubber peeled off in strips....
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Made in the 1920s or early 1930s by Keystone, this short film shows sights in the nation of Spain. The film starts with images of troubadours or mariachis and a procession of lovely Spanish ladies dressed in finery. At :37 an old man is seen with a donkey. At :45, more lovely ladies pose for the camera. At 1:18 , water is drawn from a well in a quaint village. At 1:30 , a child fills a jug from a fountain while at 1:48 another poses with a baby burro. Madrid is seen at 1:58 , while at 2:11 a...
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Shot in the late 1920s by an unknown tourist, this extraordinary home movie shows a trip to Hawaii aboard a Dollar Lines / Matson ocean liner.  Views in Hawaii include Honolulu tourist destinations, historic buildings and natural landscapes. 00:09 "Dollar Steamship Line" sign above port (San Francisco or Oakland) filled with people. Ropes from ship in foreground. 00:16 Woman looks around before walking up stairs in port. 00:25 People on ship deck wave as the ship begins to sail....
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Made by Keystone, this charming travelogue film shows pre-WWII Japan and was likely filmed in the 1920s or early 30s. the film begins with images of a caucasian girl in Japanese dress and carrying a parasol before showing at 1:02 , Japanese women doing their make-up. At 1:15 , Geisha girls play instruments. At 1:30 , children are seen in kimonos learning how to use fans. At 1:45 a large temple complex is seen, we don't know which one -- if you know please leave information in the comments. At...
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This silent compilation of news footage from the 1920s and 30s was released to the home market by Castle Films. It begins with footage of the Pan Am Clipper inaugurating service between California and China as the " China Clipper ". The aircraft shown is a Martin M-130, a commercial flying boat designed and built in 1935 by the Glenn L. Martin Company in Baltimore, Maryland, for Pan American Airways. Three were built: the China Clipper, the Philippine Clipper and the Hawaii Clipper....
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This "International Newsreel" shows a three-engine Sikorsky airplane, the S-35, being put through its paces in preparation for a planned New York to Paris flight, and the disaster that unfolded when the flight was attempted. The pilot was to be French ace Renee Ronck, who is seen at 1:25 in the newsreel. His plane was an American twin-engined sesquiplane transport later modified to use three-engines. It was designed and built by the Sikorsky Manufacturing Company for an attempt by...
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This somewhat rough but very interesting 16mm silent home movie dates to the 1930s and was shot by a member of the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg.  The film shows an encampment of soldiers performing various duties including the dreaded K.P. or "Kitchen Patrol" at the 1:30 mark.  Horse drawn wagons, cavalry troops and a monoplane are seen in the film, as well as tanks, trucks and other vehicles.  Clearly this was shot in an era when horses and mechanized forces were still working...
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Made in the late 1930s, this travelogue of Panama shows some of the ruins of the early colonization of the nation, as well as the modern Panama Canal -- the "Gateway to the Pacific".  The film contains footage of the construction of the canal and the "mammoth task" that joined two oceans.  There is terrific footage of steam shovels, steam engines and railroad trains, and construction personnel.   The Panama Canal (Spanish: Canal de Panamá) is a 77.1-kilometre (48 mi)...
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This historic U.S. Navy promotional film entitled "Anchor's Aweigh", shows the fighting ships of the Navy as they appeared in the 1930s. It seems likely given that Panama is seen in the film, that this movie was shot during Fleet Problem XVII.  Fleet problem was the term used by the United States Navy to describe each of 21 large-scale naval exercises conducted between 1923 and 1940. They are labeled with Roman numerals, from Fleet Problem I through Fleet Problem XXI. A 22nd Fleet...
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This compilation reel of color home movies from the 1940s includes many novel images -- people enjoying themselves, dancing, playing instruments, socializing and kids playing some football in the front yard. This footage is circa the 1930s-40s and looks like it takes place in middle America. Opening: boy plays with a dog and a puppy. A woman holds flowers. A man plays a cello. A reel to reel tape recorder. Presents are stacked. A man plays the cello as a family gathers for Christmas. Older...
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