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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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Made in the wake of the deadly West Berlin discotheque bombing and other Reagan era incidents, this color U.S. Air Force training film "Terrorism: A Survivable Threat" is about the threat that terrorism poses for U.S. military personnel living overseas. The film presents various scenarios including a car bombing, drive by assassination, and an ambush. The primary lesson is that personnel must always remain alert and not fall into routines or get too distracted. The film also suggests...
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General Motors Presents the ABC of the Gas Turbine. This is a 1973, color film created to explain the many benefits of the gas turbine engine, its many uses and efficiencies. The film opens with footage of a Wilesco toy steam engine. Heat energy from the burning fuel is converted into mechanical energy. The expanding power of steam drives a piston and rod. This is demonstrated with an animation :47. The rod creates rotary motion and the cranking action turn shafts and wheels. Rotary motion can...
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“Battle for Oil” is a WWII Canadian propaganda film from 1942. The film was produced by Raymond Spottiswoode and directed by Stuart Legg. This version is in French. The film examines oil production and supply and shows its priority as part of the war effort. It shows how the Royal Air Force and U.S. Army Air Forces are raiding production facilities that supply Nazi Germany with oil, and vice versa. This made refineries, synthetic fuel factories and storage depots prime strategic targets....
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"The Battle of San Pietro" is a 1945, black and white, documentary film directed and narrated by famed Hollywood director John Huston ("The Maltese Falcon") for the U.S. Army Pictorial Service about the 1943 Battle of San Pietro Infine. (TRT 32:25). It was shot by Jules Buck alongside troops in the field, and while it appears documentary in style many portions are re-creations shot with actual G.I. participants. The film caused controversy during the war, as some in the U.S....
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The first color promotional/training film is about the new Sinclair car products. This is circa the early 1960s. The second, which begins immediately following is a training film for how to run a better Sinclair service station and was made in 1966. A whistling gas station employee puts up a sign that reads Oil Change which is changed by a another man, the host, to read the opening title: THE BIG OIL CHANGE (:06-1:21). Sinclair has their new products introduced by the host: Dino Econoil, Dino...
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This film is from the TV show called “The Big Picture” which ran from 1951 to 1964 and featured episodes produced by the US Army Signal Corps Army Pictorial Service. This one focuses on the National Guard: what it takes to become a member as well as what a day in the life of a Guardsmen, including manning modern Nike missile systems. It opens with Adjutant General of Tennessee (:09) introducing the film. The setting is in New England and a sign for the “Colonial Inn 1776” is shown...
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This film is a B&W film from 1944 that depicts the importance of tiny ball bearings in the ability of a nation to carry out warfare. Allied military leaders decide it is necessary to curtail Germany's ability to provide itself with ball bearings. Intelligence is gathered from many sources in order to plan an aerial bombing raid on Schweinfurt, home of Germany's ball bearing industry. Produced by The U.S. War Department, A Signal Corps production. 0:33 Opening Scene: Text intro warning:...
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This 1942 black and white, partially animated film was produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps (USASC) during in collaboration with the Chief of Air Corps explains “the creation and behavior of radio waves” and antennas during the WWII era (TRT: 10:47). Opening title card: “Official War Department Training Film 1-474 Restricted” (0:06). A large radio tower extends high into the clouds. Title appears: “Radio Antennas” (0:19). A transparent dish atop a radio tower (0:37). A radio...
Topics: Creation, Behavior, Radio Waves, 1942, US Army, Signal Corps, Stock Footage
This color educational film is about the Dairy Belt of the United States where a majority of our milk products come from. Copyright 1963. Opening: dairy cows graze. Title: THE DAIRY BELT (:06-:58). A young boy pours a glass of milk. A woman pours it in a  bowl over food. A man pours it for a young girl. He then pours himself some. Cows. A farmer milks a cow with a machine (:59-2:01). A map of the United States where dairy farms are located. The dairy belt stretches from New England to the...
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Dating to 1965, this documentary film "The Decision to Drop the Bomb" takes a look at the most difficult decision in President Harry Truman's term in office: the decision as to whether or not to use the newly-developed atomic bomb against Japan. The film was produced by Fred Freed for NBC-TV  and narrated by Chet Huntley. The film begins the moment that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dies in office. The new president, Harry S. Truman, has only served in office for a brief time....
Topics: Bomb, 1965, Chet Huntley, Hiroshima, Atomic Bomb, Stock Footage
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This 1964 U.S Navy documentary looks at the Navy's Marine Mammal Program. It is narrated by Commander Glenn Ford, USNR, a renowned Hollywood actor.   Here at mark 1:40 on the edge of the pacific zone 50 miles north of Los angeles is the U.S. Navy base Pt. Mugu, a major center for the Navy space studies and missile experiments. It is also the location of one of the most fascinating program that US has ever launched, a program for studying dolphins. At mark 02:10, a naval officer is seen making...
Topics: 1964, The Dolphins, US Navy, US Marines, Glenn Ford, Stock Footage
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This 1920’s silent black and white film with intertitles presents an introduction to the electric starter, using a combination of live action and animated footage to illustrate its implementation on buses, taxis, and motor boats (TRT 12:11). A title card introduces the voltage regulator as a tool for preventing buses from overcharging their batteries (0:23). An early Yellow Coach Model Z-63 double-decker bus labeled “1595 Special” with men and women in hats visible from the top deck....
Topics: The Electric Starter, 1920s, Auto Ignition System, Educational Film, Yellow Coach Buses, Stock...
NASAO, the National Association of State Aviation Officials and AOPA Foundation Inc. presents, The Flight Decision. Produced by Film Originals in 1955. Technical Director, Chet Moulten. This 1950s era, color film follows two pilots through their flight decision process relative to instrument flight vs. visual flight rules. The film examines why a pilot might make a poor decision while another makes a good decision, with laziness and overconfidence pointed to key factors in making a misjudgment....
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"The Frozen War" recounts the The Polar Bear Expedition (also known as the Northern Russian Expedition, the American North Russia Expeditionary Force - ANREF or the American Expeditionary Force North Russia - AEFNR), a contingent of about 5,000 United States Army troops that landed in Arkhangelsk, Russia as part of the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War and fought the Red Army in the surrounding region during the period of September 1918 through July 1919. The Polar Bear...
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This basic educational movie is entitled "The Geographical Envelope". This term in the Russian geographical science is similar to Richard Hartshorne's "Earth's envelope" concept of the atmosphere, the earth's crust and the oceans, together with the living world. The film defines the concepts of lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, and introduces the water, biological and the solid matter cycles. Then it speaks about the concept of the regional environments and...
Topics: 1970s, Russia, Russian Educational Film, Atmosphere, Biosphere, Stock Footage
This 1960s era, black and white film takes us on a fascinating trip to the Old West where we visit the pioneers, wagoneers, pony express riders, miners, cowboys and Indians. Special attention is paid to the horse drawn coaches and wagons of the day and transportation routes from middle America to the West Coast in the 1860s and 70s. The movie opens on an old tree stump. The camera pans over a valley and up a mountain, spotted with evergreen trees. A small stream runs and beaver dams are shown...
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This 1950s film from Sterling Television "Dear Diary" -- apparently part of a series --   features journalist Inga Rode. It was directed by Roy Creveling and produced by Jackson B. Pokress. The film shows Rode's journey to meet Attilio Gatti, the adventurer and explorer, at his home at 66 Park Avenue. (This site is now the Kitano Hotel).   At 3:00, some of the books written by Gatti are shown on a shelf, at at 3:40 Gatti shows off his vast filing cabinet system filled with photos...
Topics: 1950, Great Gatti, New York, Home, Filmmaker, Commander, Stock Footage
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This 1956 film about World War I was produced by NBC as part of the "Project Twenty" series. The music was written by Robert Russell Bennett and narrated by Alexander Scourby.   German soldiers parade prior to WWI. Kaiser Wilhelm II is greeted by England’s King George and Queen Mary (1:35-3:22). Russian Czar Nicolas II views his troops. Austria-Hungary Emperor Joseph. Belgium King Albert rides with the Kaiser (3:23-4:45). 1914 newspapers declare the assassination of Archduke...
Topics: The Great War, WWI, 1914, World War I, German Soldiers, Stock Footage
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This black and white early-1950’s installment of the syndicated television series, “The Greatest Drama” offers a biography of American financier and statesman Bernard Mannes Baruch (1870-1965), best remembered as chairman of the War Industries Board during World War I, adviser to President Roosevelt during World War II, and post-war advocate for nuclear disarmament. The New York City Victory Parade of 1946. Title overlay: “The Greatest Drama” (0:08). Bernard Baruch, wearing a hearing...
Topics: The Greatest Drama, TV Show, Profile, Financier, Statesman Bernard Baruch, Stock Footage
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This black and white 1950’s installment of “The Greatest Drama”, an early non-fiction television show, focuses on the political career of 1940 Republican presidential nominee Wendell Willkie, using newsreel footage and impassioned narration to make a case for Willkie’s “victory in defeat” (TRT 12:41).  Willkie  was an American lawyer and corporate executive who was the 1940 Republican nominee for President. Willkie favored greater U.S. involvement in WWII to support the British...
Topics: Greatest Drama, TV Show, Profile, Wendell Wilkie, 1940, Stock Footage
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This black and white training film, made for the United Kingdom’s Civil Defense and Fire Service in 1956, provides a straight forward and unflinching look at the possible effects a hydrogen bomb would have on a major city in that country. Using World War II era footage of rescue work in the aftermath of German air attacks, animations, scale models, and somber narration, the film attempts to convey the devastation such an attack would inflict, what rescuers should expect to encounter in their...
Topics: The H Bomb, 1956, United Kingdom, Civil Defense, Training Film, Stock Footage
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This color Marine Corps recruiting film is about the Marine Parade on Friday evenings at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. aka "8th & I." Copyright is 1963. The Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., also known by its location at the corner of "8th & I," is the oldest active post in the Marine Corps. It was founded by President Thomas Jefferson and Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows, the second commandant of the Marine Corps, in 1801. The Barracks supports both...
Topics: USMC, United States Marine Corps, 1963, Washington, Marine Barracks, Stock Footage
This 1964 black and white film "The Inheritance" celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America by outlining the improvements the union has won for clothing workers over its five decades. It visits early America and the immigrants who arrived to Ellis Island in NYC and who toiled in the garment and steel factories of the United States. It is a story of the birth of organized labor and the Amalgamated Union. At the time the film was released, the...
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Made by Wilding, this black & white training film teaches selling techniques for the new economical automobiles (in this case the Plymouth Valiant) and was shown to car salesmen. It was made in 1959 and focuses on the 1960 economy models. Opening titles: THE INSIDE STORY (:07-:25). A salesman, our host, talks to the viewer. He lifts a card, then speaks (:26-1:56) about how to qualify a prospect and make a sale. A prospective customer looks at a car and the salesman, our host, comes over and...
Topics: 1960, Chrysler, Plymouth, Automobile, Salesman, Training Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This is a 1972 color film by Cullen Productions, sponsored by the Lead Industries Association, about the element Lead (Pb) and its many uses. It was likely produced as a p.r. effort at a time when the element was under assault in the media, and was about to be phased out of gasoline. The film opens with a color-coded periodic table of the elements. Only the symbol, Pb for lead is visible. "The Lead Matrix". Man is seen drilling crude ore in a mine 1:03. Rocks are transported by rail...
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Produced by Vogue Wright Studios, "The Long Corridor" is a 1955, black and white film about the Zenith company and the manufacture of high quality television sets. We follow a lonely night watchman through a long corridor as he enters different doors representing the different divisions of the Zenith company. The movie opens with a train barreling through the night. A night watchman enters the frame. He turns and walks up the stairs. He walks the halls with a flashlight. Zenith Radio...
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This is a 1971 color film made by Bert van Bork entitled "The Lumberman" was part of the "Our Changing Way of Life" series of films released by Encyclopedia Brittanica. The film looks at the seachanges that have come to the timber and logging industries (and more were to come as the environmental movement was in a nascent stage at the time this film was made). The film discusses the past and present of the life of a forest worker and not only how these workers’ lives have...
Topics: The Lumberman, 1970s, Logging, Lumberjack, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Stock Footage
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Sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, this highly optimistic, 1952 full color animation/live-action hybrid film presents the USA in the forefront of the world. It examines the medium of advertising as “the magic key” to continued American economic prosperity in the post-war era, suggesting a relationship between ads and modern refinements to household appliances (TRT 21:54). It was produced by the Raphael G. Wolff Studios. Animated searchlights over a city skyline. Opening credits...
Topics: The Magic Key, 1950, US Chamber, Commerce, WWII, Stock Footage
This is a 1950’s era, color movie about Campbell’s Soup. This campy, 1952 cooking film shows you every possible recipe you can devise using Campbell's soup. The Campbell’s Soup kid comes out on stage in front of a tomato. Campbell’s Soups present, The Magic Shelf. Featuring Anne Marshall, Director, Home Economics, Campbell’s Soup Company. The curtain opens and a magician with a tuxedo and top hat appears. The man winds up a handkerchief and makes a knot 1:00. The knot unravels itself...
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This is a 1950’s era, color movie about Campbell’s Soup. This campy, 1952 cooking film shows you every possible recipe you can devise using Campbell's soup. The Campbell’s Soup kid comes out on stage in front of a tomato. Campbell’s Soups present, The Magic Shelf. Featuring Anne Marshall, Director, Home Economics, Campbell’s Soup Company. The curtain opens and a magician with a tuxedo and top hat appears. The man winds up a handkerchief and makes a knot 1:00. The knot unravels itself...
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This is a 1970s promo film for the Mexican coffee and cane sugar spirit commonly known as Kahlua. It is a coffee-flavored liqueur. (The drink contains rum, sugar, vanilla bean, and arabica coffee.) The film opens with an image of coffee beans plucked from a coffee arabica evergreen tree in North Africa (:19). Kahlua’s beginnings are traced back to the origin of coffee and the beverage was believed to have initially come from Ethiopia and was used medicinally. Ancient art depicts coffee’s...
Topics: Kahlua, 1970. Mexican Coffee Liquor, Alcoholic Drink, Stock Footage
This black & white promotional film is about the new Mobil 210 Battery. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production is about 1952 when this battery was released. Title Credits over a Mobil battery - stays stronger, lasts longer, costs no more: The New Mobil 210 battery, presented by Socony Vacuum (:09-:31). A man starts a car - the old fashioned way with the strong arm starter. Less than 40 years ago the electric starter was born. Oil lamps gave...
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One the "Forum Edition" films created by the March of Time for classroom use, "The New South" is a black & white educational film about the Southern USA. Made in the era of segregation, the film attempts to chronicle how the South has changed since the Civil War, and how economic and other conditions are improving for African Americans. This is circa the 1940s. Opening titles: (:08). Title card: The New South (:29). African Americans work in the fields of the American...
Topics: The New South, 1940s, Segregation, School. African Americans, Cotton Industry, stock Footage
This film "The Old Prospector Talks" was presented by William M Pizor. It features the "Radio Ambassador of Song, Al Shayne" in a "Poetic Gem" by Edgar A. Guest. This 1940s era, black and white film recounts a poem called, The Old Prospector Talks. The film opens on a mountain covered with evergreens 1:10. Snow-covered valleys 1:24. A burrow comes out of a mineshaft pulling two minecarts followed by a man 2:02. A buffalo grazes in a field 2:05. Wind blows the trees...
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This color educational/ "scare" film is about the history of drug use and  was made in 1971. It is called THE PERFECT DRUG FILM.  Title card: A MacMillan Films Release. Children move in circles. People pass out pills. A man surfs. A narrator talks about a search for a perfect drug. Title card: EM Films presents THE PERFECT DRUG FILM narrated by Beau Bridges (:08-1:28). Beau Bridges is on screen. People purchase and take a perfect drug pill. Science is claiming they have already...
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This black & white wartime documentary is about the procedures, and the closely co-ordinated efforts made by the Royal Navy and Air Force, to locate and rescue downed pilots and aircrew. The rescue aircraft shown is a Westland Lysander, an airplane that was more or less obsolete by 1940 but well suited the role of spotter.  After the fall of France, UK-based Lysanders went to work operating air-sea rescue, dropping dinghies to downed RAF aircrew in the English Channel. Fourteen squadrons...
Topics: Pilot, WWII, World War II, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, 1940s, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1950’s color film provides a nautical tour of the state of Virginia, highlighting historic architectural landmarks and a diversity of steam, coal, and taker ships as they load and unload various import and export cargoes (TRT 16:54). Opening titles over a seal: “Virginia State Ports Authority” (0:08). An early map of the Americas. Zoom in on what would become Virginia (0:21). Dissolve to historical reenactors in Colonial Williamsburg. The reconstructed Governor’s Palace. Bruton...
Topics: Ports, Virginia, Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Stock Footage
This 1965 British documentary film looks at the development of the young modern nation-state and highlights some of the country’s people, culture and events, cities, and regions. The film opens with footage of the snow-capped peaks of Pakistan’s Karakorum and Himalayan ranges. A stream runs out from a under a snow field. People herd cattle down a rocky slope. A river of white water rushes through a forest (02:24). Young boys and girls learn in a classroom (02:57). Muslim men pray at a...
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This black & white educational film is about the sights seen from the Rhine river from Koln (Cologne) to Mainz, Germany. This type of scenic cruise has been a popular pastime for many decades, and remains popular to this day. This film also shows the harvesting of grapes and other activities in the communities along the river. This film was made in 1940 and photographed by Otto Trippel, who created numerous films with his "Otto Trippel Kulturfilm-Produktion". For Wien-Film he...
Topics: Rhine, Pre War, Cologne, Bonn, Germany, Rhine River Cruise, Koln, Mainz, Stock Footage
Made by the U.S. Department of Justice, this 1960s documentary features the U.S. federal penitentiary in Atlanta, GA and discusses the treatment of the inmates as well as the efforts made to help inmates reintegrate into society upon their release. (Notable inmates of the prison include Whitey Bulger, Meyer Harris Cohen, Al Capone, Carlo Ponzi, Eugene V. Debs, and Marcus Garvey.) The film opens with footage of a convict leaving prison upon his release after 20 years of incarceration. Footage...
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This color recruiting film showcases the U.S. Navy's aircraft carriers, airplanes, pilots and flight crews. It was shot aboard a number of carriers including the Essex class USS Ticonderoga (CV-14), USS Forrestal (CV-59), USS Lexington (CV-16), USS Coral Sea (CV-43) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Copyright is 1970. Opening: An eagle soars through the air. Other types of birds fly. Different U.S. military jets. Title: FLIGHT, THE ROMANCE OF NAVAL AVIATION (:07-:56). A U.S. Navy carrier at sea....
Topics: Naval Aviation, 1970, US Navy, Aircraft Carriers, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This 1937 black & white, International Harvester promotional film is about Cyrus Hall McCormick, an American inventor. McCormick was responsible for revolutionizing agriculture throughout the country with the invention of the mechanical reaper which was used by farmers to harvest crops mechanically. This machine proved to be revolutionary as it made harvesting much easier and efficient. Cyrus McCormick founded the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, which later became part of the...
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This black & white, WWII recruiting film showcases the Royal Australian Navy. This  was primarily shot at HMAS Cerberus, a training establishment. It was directed by Ralph Smart. Opening titles: The Ministry of Information Presents The Royal Australian Navy (:07). Royal Navy sailors stand at attention (:47). The men march (1:01). Rocks and ocean surf of Australia (1:08). Royal Australian Navy ships perform convoy duty (1:33). Recruits arrive at Flinders Naval Depot  in Victoria (1:46)....
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While the opening title proclaims "This is America", this film is actually the first half a 1960s documentary called "The Secrets of St. Louis" (the "This is America" title was apparently spliced on by a previous owner; we don't have the second half of the film). This documentary reveals "secret" locations around St. Louis, Missouri such as Lafayette Park, Soulard Market and Calvary and Bellefontaine Cemeteries.  Many places that no longer exist are...
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This 1952 film depicts the launching of an Aerobee rocket at the Air Force Missile Test Center at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico in the aftermath of Project Blossom. It was produced by Robert Redd. The film shows scientists from the Cambridge Research Center analyzing the air of the upper atmosphere. The film takes viewers through the process from the assembly of the rocket to its recovery, and to  data analysis. Dr. Marcus O’Day of the geophysics research division at...
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This color educational/training film is about the new generation of U.S. Army missiles and rockets . This features reporter Chet Huntley and was made in 1962 -- just five years after Sputnik shocked the world and left the U.S. struggling to develop viable rockets and missiles of its own. The film's confident tone, and presentation of a wide array of systems, shows part of the nation's response to the Soviet challenge. Opening: Commanders review maps and paperwork in a war room. The decision is...
Topics: Solid Punch, 1962, Army Missile Systems, Guided Missiles, Rockets, Nike Zeus, Stock Footage,...
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Presented by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, this is a 1965, black and white film that traces the early space age from Dr. Robert Goddard through Project Mercury. It opens on Main Street in front of a movie theatre in 1919, 2:14. Robert Hutchings Goddard was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket. Goddard successfully launched his rocket on March 16, 1926, ushering in an era of space...
Topics: 1965, Space, Space Age, Project Mercury, Stock Footage
This color film is a promotional short made for the Warner-Lambert Pharmaceutical Co. Warner–Lambert  started in 1856, when William R. Warner founded a drug store in Philadelphia. Warner went on to invent a tablet coating process. The second half of the name came from Jordan Wheat Lambert, founder of the Lambert Pharmacal Company of St. Louis, famous for Listerine. "The Story of Dr. Lister" is a 1963 film about Joseph Lister (1827 – 1912),  a British surgeon and a pioneer of...
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This 1930s black & white educational/promotional film tells "The Story of Nickel". It was produced by INCO, the International Nickel Company, Ltd., now known as Vale Canada, Limited.  INCO as founded following the discovery of copper deposits in Sudbury, Ontario. During World War II, Inco's Frood-Stobie Mine Mine produced 40% of the nickel used in artillery by the Allies. Opening titles (:08-:58). Title: Canadian Operations. Huge Reservoir, twenty miles from Copper Cliff,...
Topics: The Story Of Nickel, 1930s, Inco, Mining, Promo Film, Canada, Ontario, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about storage batteries such as car batteries. This was made in 1959 and was produced by the Willard Storage Battery Division. Titles: US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, The Story of the Modern Storage Battery (:13-:43). A man puts a storage battery together. He attaches the battery into a car. Close on the car's radio. Atomic Submarine shot. Guided missile. Mariners on a  boat. Doctors operate. A group of batteries. Many batteries are shown...
Topics: 1959, Storage Battery, Lead, Acid, Stock Footage
Sponsored by Rolex, this educational film "The Story of Time" is about mankind's numerous ways of measuring the passage of time through history. The film relies upon stop-motion animation, and shows ancient sundials, simple mechanical devices from history, and modern, complex timepieces including wristwatches. The film was created by Robert G. Leffingwell with animator Frans Hendrix, with art direction by Jan Coolen, and a score by Guy Warrack and the London Symphony Orchestra....
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This black & white film is about the Norfolk & Western trains that ran in the Blue Mountain region of the United States with the footage shot in Virginia. This was filmed primarily in 1958.   Opening title cards (:06). A Norfolk & Western passenger train, the Powhatan Arrow coming down the tracks (1:03). A train races down the tracks, this is the Cavalier (1:39). Norfolk & Western passenger train, the Pocahontas rides the rails (1:49). Norfolk & Western passenger train, the...
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This 1969 color film "The Time of Man" from "The Natural History of Our World" series combines footage of animals, indigenous people, and anthropologists to present a brisk overview of human development, highlighting historic threats to survival (TRT 49:15). It was produced and directed by visionary filmmaker Marshall Flaum, edited by Nicholas Clapp, narrated by Richard Basehart, and has a score by Lyn Murray. It was produced by MPC in association with the Museum of Natural...
Topics: Natural, History, Man, Time. 1969, Anthropology, Documentary, Stock Footage
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Released in 1945, when it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, The True Glory was a co-production of the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information. Directed by Carol Reed assisted by Garson Kanin, the film documents the victory on the Western Front, from D-Day at Normandy to the surrender of the Third Reich and V-E Day. The film features an introduction by Supreme Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, combat footage filmed by military photographers,...
Topics: True Glory, D Day, WWII, World War II, Europe, Eisenhower, Stock Footage
This black & white educational film from Louis de Rochemont "Making a Living Around the World" is part of a series of called "The Way We Live". This episode, "Trade and Transportation", focus around the way people sell or trade goods in countries all over the world. Copyright 1958. Opening titles: United World Films, Inc. presents The Way We Live - Making A Living Around the World - Trade and Transportation (:06-:27). Main Street USA, shops on the street...
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This 1960 educational film from Coronet Films gives viewers a look at the White House while briefly covering the history of the building. The film opens with an aerial view of the White House.  Cars drive in front of the White House, and people mill around the entrance to the building. A weeping birch tree planted by the wife of Calvin Coolidge continues to grow on the grounds (01:07). The film shows both entrances to the White House, followed by a painting of the building, and a shot of the...
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Topics: Washington DC, The White House, 1960s, Documentary, Stock Footage
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Made by the Electrographic Corporation, a leading printing and reproduction technology company, "The Wonderful World of Watercolor" presents artist Louis J. King at work. Although he's not Bob Ross, the film is fun to watch and presents an overview of the watercolor process. The film was part of a "Masters of Art Course" promoted by Electrographic sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional...
Topics: The Wonderful World, World of Watercolor, 1960s, Electrographic, Stock Footage
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This 1960 black and white installment of “See It Now” produced and edited by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly (Part 2 of 2) presents a behind-the-scenes overview of initial testing for the UGM-27 Polaris missile, a two-stage solid-fueled nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile, the United States Navy's first SLBM (TRT:  26:58). The USS George Washington (SSBN-598) ballistic missile submarine surfaces (0:08). One of the submarine’s missile hatches opens. A Polaris missile...
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This black & white educational film is about the landing of U.S. Marines on Guadalcanal in 1942. This is from 1944. Opening titles: This is Guadalcanal (:06-:49). Guadalcanal is shown on a  map, the Marines took it. A Military officer talks about it (:50-1:51). Marines board a ship. They float by the San Francisco skyline and see the Golden Gate Bridge. The ship at sea. A few ships sail, men wait on the ships. Rough seas as the ships rock. Ships rendezvousing at night. Crews man their...
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This film "This is HAM Radio" is produced and directed by award-winning Hollywood producer and amateur radio legend Dave Bell in cooperation with the American Radio Relay League circa 1970. Intended to inspire kids to become interested in amateur radio, this production targeted schools and encouraged teenagers to take up ham radio as a hobby. Various shots of radio usage by people in cars and homes play out with interwoven footage of two youths unraveling and passing wire through a...
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Romantic Travel films Presents: in association with Franklin Sahu Film Productions, “This is India Series”. “The Taj Mahal”. No. 2 “Around the World in Color Series”. Produced and directed by Peter Franklin. Associate producer, Gyan Chand Jain. Photography Franklin – Newland. Sound recording Arthur G. Taylor. Continuity J. M. E. Davey. Music composed by Shanker Dass Gupta. Narrated by: Ian Newland. This is a 1960s era, color movie that reviews the beautiful Taj Mahal and...
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This color animated educational film is about the country of Ireland. Paintings are used to present different aspects of Ireland, American produced overview of Ireland scenes reproduced from the 1964 book of drawings by Miroslav Sasek. Czech-born Sasek famously produced a series of award-winning children's books under the "This is..." title, including "This is London" and "This is Paris". The film dates to 1971. Opening: Qantas Airlines in the sky; Title: Qantas...
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This is Redstone Arsenal was produced in late 1962 shortly after the establishment of Army Material Command or AMC (and one of AMC's first subordinate commands, the U.S. Army Missile Command or MICOM). The film was designed to promote US military prowess as exhibited by the Redstone missile development compound in Huntsville, Alabama.     The film begins with overhead views of Huntsville and a narrator’s description of its agrarian origins.  Shots of cotton production shift to an...
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This color educational film is about the 1967 International and Universal Exposition or Expo 67, which was a general exhibition, Category One World's Fair held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This was made in 1967 and is told in still pictures. Opening: Flowers, lights, colors, Montreal skyline. Credits: This was Expo 67 (:06-:44). For the Expo 67, islands were constructed in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. Harbors were built. Giant Expo sign with a woman in it. An oceanliner. A train near...
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This black & white educational film is presented by the Illinois State Department of Public Health. It's about the battle against Syphilis in rural areas of the state of Georgia.  In particular, the film shows the work of the mobile syphilis detection and treatment unit, primarily among African Americans living in McIntosh, Glynn, and Camden counties. No copyright is present,  this is circa 1938 based on research.   Opening titles: Presented by the Illinois State Department of Public...
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Written by Henry Salomon in the mid-1950s and airing on NBC, this award-winning black and white documentary film production begins with a dramatic shot of an explosion at 0:15 after a brief close-up of a clock presenting the time of just after 8 o'clock. The narrator explains that on Sunday, July 15, 1945, the end of an era is about to take place despite a deceptively warm and sunny day, along with the impending United States Navy attack on Japan. At 1:05, the film briefly cuts to the USS...
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This WWII era training film from the US Navy provides instructions about how to navigate through a thunderstorm or storm front. The film contains a lot of animation, most likely created by the Walt Disney studios under contract with the War Department. The film explains various navigation procedures in heavy weather. The choice of maneuvers depends on the type of storm, where it lay over, type of equipment and the altitude of the mission to be performed (:20). Pilots are instructed to analyze...
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"To Mount Lowe with Love" presents a history of the Mt. Lowe Railroad. It was produced by  Philip Callahan's Galway Productions. Callahan was an amateur historian who presented slide shows about Mt. Lowe. They proved to be so impressive that Southern California Edison funded a film version as a public service. As the documentary shows, at the turn of the 20th Century a "railroad to the stars" ran from Pasadena to Mt. Wilson by way of Pacific Electric Red Car, incline cable...
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com   Released in 1955 by Louis de Rochemont, this newsreel style educational film is part of a documentary series "Our Times". It was directed by Peter Hopkinson and John Halas. Hopkinson won an award from the Overseas Press Club for "Best Reporting from Abroad on Foreign Affairs" for this film. It was made as the old order was in...
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Opening credits: The Shade Tobacco Agricultural Association presents TOBACCO VALLEY, the story of Shade Grown Tobacco as told by Lowell Thomas (:08-:28). Connecticut River Valley. A tractor goes down a paved road between tobacco crops. A worker moves around. Men in the tobacco crop field. A man breaks down tobacco. A cigar on an ash tray (:29-1:33). Animated map of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. Land gets plowed. Connecticut River Valley is the Tobacco valley. Clouds in the sky. Fall...
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This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie produced by Calvin. It is a movie about natural and man-made disasters of all sorts. It opens with men waiting online to go to work in a mining shaft. Men mining, 1:00. Men carry canaries, 1:15. Simulated cave-in of a mine, 1:45. Town is alarmed as whistle blows indicating tragedy in the mine, 2:32. Bodies being taken out of the mines, 3:09. John L Lewis, President of United Mine Workers Union, 3:18. Bodies of 111 miners are taken out of a mine in...
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Made by the U.S. Army Medical Service, this training film ‘Transportation of Casualties’ will take a look at how wounded soldiers are moved from the battlefield to rear area hospitals. It will show specific maneuvers medic’s make in order to remove the wounded safely during combat as well as some of the tools they use to do so and where the wounded are transported to. It opens with a convoy riding down the road leading to a front line (:37). Footage of explosions follow along with the...
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This color educational film is about how the Chicago Tribune gets its paper and prints its newspapers. Copyright 1948. Opening titles: The Chicago Tribune presents "Trees to Tribunes" (:15). A forest (:30). Map shows Chicago, Montreal, Quebec, Heron Bay, Ontario and other areas of Quebec (:39). Shelter Bay, Quebec (1:07). Flowing dam in Shelter Bay (2:06). Franquelin, Quebec (2:14). Baie Comeau, Quebec (2:25). Generators for the paper mill and the town itself (2:37). Aerial town...
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Produced by Glenn E. Miller for Lockheed, and narrated by radio and television personality George Fenneman, TABLE 210 is about the making of movies for the Department of Defense. The name of the film comes from a piece of language in most Department of Defense contracts in this era -- Table 210 -- which defines that work performed under the contract needs to be documented with motion pictures. Here, the creation of a filmic record of an experimental and highly classified Lockheed missile system...
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Presented by the Champion Spark Plug Company, Take It From A Champion is a 1956 promotional and educational film produced by Dynamic Films that gives viewers a look at three races (the 1956 Indianapolis 500, 1956 NASCAR race at the Daytona Beach and Road Course, and the 1955 Southern 500) while promoting the importance of safe driving by reviewing driving techniques, road signs, stopping, and handling turns. The film opens with a teenager talking to his neighbor. The neighbor, race car driver...
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