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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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Dating to 1929 and released by Cine Art, "Uncle Si and the Sirens" is a hilarious short film that mixes the excitement of the era's most hi-tech and revolutionary technology — television — with unclothed girls. This type of "nudie cutie" film was fairly common in the era, and Cine Art specialized in releasing these kind of titles. The plot of this film is more complex than most (they typically featured artists models and zero plot). Here, a farmer named Uncle Si sits at...
Topics: Uncle Si, 1929, Nudie Cutie, Short Film, Television Base Plot, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This film from 1947 takes a look at the Empire Test Pilots’ School in Wiltshire, England. It was the first of it’s kind established in 1943 and inspired the opening of other test pilot schools. The first training courses were conducted by Commandant, Wing Commander Samuel Wroath with Maclaren Humphry’s as the technical instructor. The film is presented by the Central Office of Information (:10) and was produced by The Horizon Unit (:18). Top pilots from around the world, chosen by their...
Topics: University Of Flying, 1947, Empire, Test pilot, School, Wiltshure, Royal Air Force, Stock Footage
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Uranium Prospecting is a documentary promoting the everyday fortunes that may be made hunting for the rare element uranium-235.   The film shows the methods of amateurs, hobbyists, and vacationing families who manage to supplement their income and explore the great outdoors at the same time.   The opening titles of the film have a distinct Mid-Century look with glowing animated letters that zoom in over a globe.   Following dramatic music the viewer is introduced to uranium as unrefined...
Topics: Uranium Prospecting, 1950, Nuclear Energy, Atomic Energy. Stock Footage
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Part 2 begins, no credits. Pilots are ready to go and then board their planes. F-105s are taxiing and in line, ready for takeoff. Pilots in the cockpits adjust their helmets (:09- 2:03). F-105s take off. Other soldiers watch. F-105 races down the airstrip and into the sky (2:04-3:45). F-105 ready for takeoff. F-105s in formation in the sky. Air crew sit on the ground below and wait. Pilots fly and radio one another. Base monitors what's going on. Their target can be seen through the clouds...
Topic: Stock Footage
This short film "Under the Influence" shows a field study of driving under the influence conducted at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Driving Academy facility by the Los Angeles County Alcohol Safety Action Project. The film features effective footage of people driving a course of orange cones before and after drinking, clearly demonstrating the impaired nature of their driving after reaching a blood alcohol content of 0.01. Narrator Chuck Bowman talks to the camera about...
Topic: Stock Footage
Unless You Fly With Safety is a short U.S. Air Forces film that stresses the importance of safe flying. The film opens with a biplane flying over trees and then alongside another plane. Footage shows the valley the planes are flying over, with fields and farmhouses. The plane flies just over a car on a highway (02:04), causing the car to swerve off the road. The pilot skims right over a young woman outside working in a garden. The pilot goes to fly just above the woman’s house on his return,...
Topic: Stock Footage
Unwatering Flooded Compartments (MN-6774) is a short 1950 educational film on damage control from the U.S. Navy. The film briefly reviews the different types of permanently installed drainage systems on a ship and then gives a good overview of the various auxiliary portable equipment that can be used for unwatering a flooded compartment. The film opens with a shot of a Navy carrier at sea, unlevel as it is taking on water. Graphics are used to show how flooded compartments can progress,...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This black & white silent educational film features footage of United States Marines doing summer service. This is copyright the 1940s/50s.  Opening: United States Marines marching, standing outside (:08). Bus full of Marines, Marines walk quickly and then stand outside in a rainstorm (1:14). U.S. Marines walk in the mud; load up into a truck (1:48). Marines in an amphibious vehicle (2:11). Marine stands with a flamethrower (3:00). Marines walk in a wooded area, smoke around them, a drill...
Topic: Stock Footage
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In this 1946 U.S. Navy training film (MN-5801) from Jam Handy Productions, viewers see the appropriate way to wear parachutes, tighten harnesses, check for tested parachutes, bail out of a plane, and collapse a parachute on land and open water. The film opens with footage of paratroopers parachuting through the air. An officer examines a parachute kit. A pilot demonstrates securing a parachute harness on an airstrip. He then climbs into an F8F Bearcat with his parachute. The film shows another...
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Topics: Parachutes, 1946, US Navy Pilot, Training Film, Jam handy, Stock Footage
This silent film, a home movie shot on 16mm, shows a U.S. Army exercise on July 18-31, 1930 near Fort Hoyle, Maryland. This was part of a program called the Civilian Military Training Camp system, which operated in the years between the wars. Fort Hoyle was first established in 1922 on Gunpowder Neck in Harford County and became a part of Edgewood Arsenal in 1940. The 1st Field Artillery Brigade is the primary unit shown in the film. The film begins with images of a U.S. Army encampment with...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
On the Far Eastern Station is a black and white film, copyright 1934, about the United States Asiatic Fleet which was based in the Philippines. The U.S. Asiatic Fleet was a Navy fleet active during the first half of the 20th century, basically 1910-1942, and was created to patrol the Philippine Islands prior to WWII. Ariel view of the Philippine Islands and Lake Tahoe, Philippines (0:39-1:40). Spanish influences on Manila, Philippines (1:41-1:51). The sailors go ashore for leave. Philippine...
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This film was created in 1934 by Robert B. Dixon, and released on Agfa (:09) stock. It appears to be an amateur-made-if-elaborate film / home movie. The film documents the U.S. Navy Review in New York harbor, an event attended by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (who was on board the cruiser USS Indianapolis). The film begins on May 31st, 1934 (:20) and shows the US Navy entering the New York harbor (:39). A title card proclaims that the USS Columbia is to be the film’s station for review...
Topic: Stock Footage
This black & white home silent movie film shows soldiers in 1936. They are seen at their bae camp, setting up in another area, and on the move.  Opening: Military planes in the sky (:09). A flag waves at base camp, it reads 125 HZ (:46). Servicemen fool around for the camera; they smile, laugh, and goof around (:51). A soldier smoking a cigarette walks towards the camera (1:46). Smoke surrounds men near raised tents (1:59). Men on the field; two men play fight (2:30). Soldiers rest on the...
Topic: Stock Footage
Rain on the Plains, released in 1938 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a short film that promotes the importance of soil conservation through rain conservation to avoid the effects caused by erosion, such as dust storms. The film opens with a shot of a cattle herd grazing out on the plains. A man operates a horse-drawn plow (01:07); after farming and grazing the land without proper rain conservation, the plains are dry and dusty. The film shows footage from the 12 May 1934 dust bowl: a...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Wings Of The Army is a short 1940 film that documents the history of the U.S. Air Corps, which would later become the U.S. Air Force. The film opens with shots of the interior of a passenger jet, Orville Wright (01:09), and Orville and Wilbur Wright’s famous flight in Kittyhawk, NC. Men move out a new Wright model built for the U.S. Army. The first plane is delivered to the U.S. military at Fort Myer, VA. President William H. Taft is present for the historical moment (02:42). The new plane is...
Topics: 1940, US Army, Air Corps, US Air Force, USAF, Stock Footage
This Army Air Corps training film is part of a larger group of training films on aerial navigation. Produced in 1941, Aerial Navigation: Radio Aids gives an overview of how to use radio frequencies to determine an aircraft’s position. The film opens with a B-17 Flying Fortress flying through the clouds, then the film shows several radio towers. Footage shows the cockpit and instrument panel of an aircraft, presumably of the B-17. The film shows the Air Navigation Radio Aids handbook published...
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This 1941 War Department training film (TF 11-297) shows the basics of laying field wire line. The film opens with field wire line being loosened by a truck reel unit. A wire-laying team meets with an officer to see the route for laying wire. 01:55 The unit leaves in a truck with spools of wire (01:55). An officer connects the wire to a switchboard (02:30); a member of the unit climbs a tree to hoist the wire above the road. The truck stops so the men can pull in the slack wire (03:50), and...
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Made for public viewing by the War Department, later known as the Depart of Defense, this film narrated by Hugh James focuses on "Subcontracting for Defense". It shows the early mobilization of American industrial capacity that occurred prior to and during WWII. The film was one of a series of "Defense Reports on Film" made by the Office of Production Management and appears to have been made prior to entry in WWII, as the USA's economy gained steam as the "arsenal of...
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Winning Your Wings is a 1942 Allied propaganda film of World War II produced by Warner Bros. Studios for the US Army Air Forces, starring Jimmy Stewart. It was aimed at young men who were thinking about joining the Air Force. Members of the production crew would later form the core of the First Motion Picture Unit. Directed by John Huston. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!   See something interesting?...
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"The World At War" is a 1942 documentary used to inform the American public of why the U.S. entered World War II and to rally support for the war effort. The film opens with Japanese planes flying in formation ( 00:59 ) then cuts to the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor ( 01:47 ; 07:54 ). The USS Arizona is on fire and sinking. A surviving battleship leaves the harbor. Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks to a Joint Session of Congress ( 02:57 ) on 8 December 1941; people gather in...
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"The World At War" is a 1942 documentary used to inform the American public of why the U.S. entered World War II and to rally support for the war effort. The film opens with Japanese planes flying in formation ( 00:59 ) then cuts to the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor ( 01:47 ; 07:54 ). The USS Arizona is on fire and sinking. A surviving battleship leaves the harbor. Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks to a Joint Session of Congress ( 02:57 ) on 8 December 1941; people gather in...
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All-American is a short 1943 official war film from the War Department and produced by the Signal Corps. This film is a special film for the men and women of the American Aircraft Industry, as evidenced by Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson signing a memorandum requesting an movie reel of footage from the Army Air Forces Combat Camera units. All footage from cameras installed on planes and from camera men on planes capturing combat scenes of the war is reviewed by General H.H. Arnold ( 01:49...
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Rules in Fog. Sound signals. Title screen says, “Fog signals must be used in fog, mist, falling snow or heavy rain-storms, whenever visibility falls below 2 miles”. This 1943 era, black and white, U.S. Navy animated film, was produced by the Walt Disney Studios as part of its wartime cartoon production program. The film was intended to explain the proper use of signals for vessels to remain safe in fog - and how the signals can protect a captain with reference to the law. The movie opens...
Topics: 1943, US Navy, Rules In Fog, Ship, Navigation, Signaling, Walt Disney, Stock Footage
Produced by Burton Holmes Films during WWII, this black & white educational film is about Capacitance, the ability of a system to store an electric charge. It was made to educate U.S. Navy Radio Technicians and was probably standard viewing during training. Typical of government films made during the WWII timeframe, this film is outstanding in its use of both live action and animated sequences. Copyright is 1943. Opening titles: United States Navy Training Film - Capacitance (:06-:32). Two...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This WWII training film takes a look at the procedure for a proper take off in accordance with the US Army Air Force. It follows a narrative of a bushy eyed pilot in training as he takes his first flight with his instructor as well as his first solo take off. It is an Official Training Film of the War Department (:11) and was produced by the 1st Motion Picture Unit (:22). It opens with the fresh pilot, Mr. Blake as he distractedly bumps into peers while watching another plane take off and fly...
Topics: 1944, US Army, AF Pilot, Training, Take Off, Part, Stock Footage
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The 1944 U.S. Army training film Introduction to Combat Fatigue (T.F. 8-1402) is designed to help U.S. soldiers suffering from combat fatigue understand the origins of their physical and emotional symptoms. An officer narrates the short film, which uses combat scenes to recreate the stresses that lead to combat fatigue, following U.S. Marine Ben Edwards as he experiences combat situations that lead to combat fatigue. The narrator explains that fear is a universal emotion, and it has its uses....
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The 1944 U.S. Army training film Introduction to Combat Fatigue (T.F. 8-1402) is designed to help U.S. soldiers suffering from combat fatigue understand the origins of their physical and emotional symptoms. An officer narrates the short film, which uses combat scenes to recreate the stresses that lead to combat fatigue, following U.S. Marine Ben Edwards as he experiences combat situations that lead to combat fatigue. The narrator explains that fear is a universal emotion, and it has its uses....
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This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Ratings: Aerographer’s Mate” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with a Grumman TFB Avenger on the ground in front of a control tower (:36). Weather conditions are essential to Navy pilots for safe flying. Wind balls indicate which runway to use for takeoff (:45). The direction of takeoff is determined by a weather vane, shown spinning and its instrument panel...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Aviation, Job, Aviation Ratings, TFB, Stock Footage
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Lighthouses and Lightships (MN-202aa) is a short 1944 U.S. Navy training film that is part of the Aids To Navigation series. The purpose of the series “is to acquaint those who are beginners in study of the science of navigation with the basic principles underlying the markings of our coastal and inland waterways.” This film discusses how to identify lighthouses and lightships, using a combination of actual footage and artistic renderings (in some cases overlaying the two). The film opens...
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This 1944 non-classified U.S. Navy black-and-white training film MN 2722a highlights the history of balloons. Animation shows balloon components: fabric, gas, net, load ring, basket, valve, appendix, ballast, rip panel, drag rope, and anchor (:20-1:29).  A Navy balloon is prepared for inflation in a hangar. The sailors turn valves on a wall of hydrogen gas bottles (1:30-1:56). A cartoon animation depicts the first hot air balloon and one using hydrogen in 1783. Using both together blows up...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Parachute Rigger” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with colorful parachutes hanging high on a wall. One is lowered by a wire to a waiting sailor (:23-:38). Women Parachute Riggers in Navy WAVES blouses sit at sewing machines and repair parachutes (:39-:52). Two Parachute Riggers are shown up-close packing a parachute along a long table. The entire parachute is...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Recruiting Film, Parachute Rigger, Your Job In The Navy, Stock Footage
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This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Radioman” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with a view of the flat top of an escort type aircraft carrier (:16-:30). Radiomen wear headphones. One types on a piece of paper and hands it off (:32-:44). A sailor uses a multimeter. He polishes relay contacts on a radio transmitter (:46- 1:13). A stealth bomber is raised from the hangar on an elevator to the deck. The...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Your job In The Navy, Radioman, Stock Footage
Made by the Burton Holmes organization, this black & white educational U.S. Navy Training Film is one of a series made to train lookouts. This one is about learning the bearings in degrees system for use at sea, in reporting enemy ships and aircraft. No copyright but this is circa 1944. Opening: U.S. Navy Training Film - Training Lookouts Part 2 - Bearings (:09-:52). Two sailors on watch look out at the sea, one has binoculars. A warship is seen in the distance. How should its position be...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Bearings, Ship Spotting, Sky lookout, Stock Footage
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Made by the Burton Holmes Film Co., this black & white educational U.S. Navy Training Film is one of a series made to train lookouts. This one is about night vision and how to maintain it. Copyright 1944. Opening: U.S. Navy Training Film - Night Vision (:06-:19). A sailor raises binoculars at night. Eyes on a face. Eyes shift. Diagram of how the human eye works, animation shows how the eye lens sees. Diagram points out how an eye sees during the day versus at night. A man looks up at night...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Training Film, Night Vision, Airplane, Ship, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational U.S. Navy Training Film is one of a series made to train lookouts. This one is about using the position angle system when reporting incoming aircraft. Copyright 1944. Opening: U.S. Navy Training Film - Position Angle (:06-:21). A sailor serving as a sky lookout uses his binoculars to scan for enemy planes. His job is to report incoming aircraft and their incoming bearing position angle so that the ship can be defended. A plane in the sky as seen through...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Positive Angle, Sky Lookout, Airplane Spotting, Stock Footage
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This film is from a series called ‘Army Navy Screen Magazine” which ran from 1943 to 1946. These were bi-weekly shorts shown to American military personnel during WW2. They included a newsreel and a cartoon of Private Snafu. This issue shows ‘Private Snafu in Target for Tonight’ which depicts the issues experienced by Private Snafu when he fails to exhibit proper anti-malarial procedures. Newsreel footage shows the liberation of France from German occupation in 1944. It was produced by...
Topics: 1944, US Army, Army Navy Screen, Stock Footage
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This film, provided during the second world war, depicts the proper boat handling procedures to be utilized when operating an LCVP for amphibious actions. It is presented by the US Navy (:08) and opens with footage of troops and LCVP’s (:54). A close up shot of one of the landing crafts is shown (1:00). Checks must be conducted prior to its launching and a shot of a check list follows (1:14). Men of the crew begin inspecting the craft (2:03). The engineer checks the engine (2:27). Bilges...
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This film provides a detailed look at troop movements during the first phase of the Mariana’s Operation as US forces moved to capture Saipan during WW2 in 1944. It is an official US Marine Corp Official Operation Report and was produced by the Marine Corp Photographic Service (:08). It opens with the scheme of maneuver for the 2nd Division during the second part of the operation (:22). It shows where combat team 8 was to land on D-Day (:35) as well as which points they were to secure (:47)....
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This film features the US Navy efforts in removing Japanese forces from the Philippine Islands at the end of WW2 in 1945. It was produced in cooperation with the US Army Pictorial Services (:14) and begins with an air strike on Manila (:27). Carrier planes of the 3rd fleet targeted enemy shipping in Manila and air fields and other installations including Cavite Navy Yard on Luzon Island (:39). Aerial footage of the attacks follows (:53) during which two enemy destroyers were hit, one light...
Topics: 1945, US Navy, Combat Bulletin, Liberation Of Luzon, Philippines, Stock Footage
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These two silent films (18 & 11) from U.S. Navy Combat Report No. 10 present footage of the separate attacks on the USS Enterprise and USS Nevada during World War II. In the first film, “Jap Attack On U.S.S. Enterprise, 19 March 1945,” a Japanese bomb damages the Enterprise while the ship participates in raids on Japanese targets. The Enterprise is at sea with explosions going off all around the ship. Black smoke billows from the carrier. Men aboard the ship try to put out the blaze...
Topics: 1945, US Navy, Combat Report 18, USS Enterprise, USS Nevada, Stock Footage
This 1945 U.S. Navy black-and-white training film MN 3474d is part of a series of films on primary flight training. This is part 1 of 2 parts (see 59994) by Wilding Picture Productions. A 1940s couple is jostled on a roller coaster, and the “Bomber” and parachute rides are shown. A Packard Clipper and 1930s roadster narrowly avoid a collision. To avoid hitting a train, a car veers through a barn and fence. A progression of vehicles span from the 1900s to the 1940s, including a surrey, a...
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This 1945 U.S. Navy black-and-white training film MN 3474e is part of a series of films on primary flight training. This is part 2 of 2 parts (see 59984) by Wilding Picture Productions. The Model 75 trainer biplane continues with its instructor and pilot in training. The sticks are shown in movement to find a smooth path of air. Both men remove their hands from the sticks and their feet from the rudder pedals to illustrate this. The plane is held level to the horizon, shown from the pilot’s...
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This newsreel compilation was prepared for review by the U.S. Treasury Department during or just after WWII, to show the publicity campaign affiliated with War Bond sales. It reviews the many efforts by the government, the public and Hollywood to raise money for the war effort. The movie opens with Carol Lombard acting in the 1920s and 30s. Ms. Lombard sits in the director’s chair and poses with Clark Gable whom she married in 1939. Carol Lombard’s last role was played in her country’s...
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This newsreel compilation was prepared for review by the U.S. Treasury Department during or just after WWII, to show the publicity campaign affiliated with War Bond sales. It reviews the many efforts by the government, the public and Hollywood to raise money for the war effort.  More specifically, the film follows the 6th, 7th and 8th War Bond drives, opening with an Army art exhibit put together by the US Treasury Department with Eleanor Roosevelt and Martha Morgenthau as chairpersons (:13)....
Topics: 1945, US Treasury, News Clips, US War, Bond Sales, War Loan, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This newsreel compilation was prepared for review by the U.S. Treasury Department during or just after WWII, to show the publicity campaign affiliated with War Bond sales. It reviews the many efforts by the government, the public and Hollywood to raise money for the war effort.  More specifically, the film follows the 6th, 7th and 8th War Bond drives, opening with an Army art exhibit put together by the US Treasury Department with Eleanor Roosevelt and Martha Morgenthau as chairpersons (:13)....
Topic: Stock Footage
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This film is of the series ‘Weekly Digest’ which aired during WW2 and provides footage of the A-26 as well as footage from WW2 fronts. It opens with the Douglas A-26; a twin-engine light bomber and ground attack air craft (:44). The A-20 it replaced is shown (:52). In England, a bomber group makes a changeover and prepares to return to its home base in France (:59). The craft’s all-purpose nose is pointed to (1:07). Within the cockpit, the pilot adjusts the controls (1:38) and the...
Topics: 1945, USAFF, Weekly Digest, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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This color educational/training film is about the new AD-1 Skyraider, an American single-seat attack aircraft. Copyright 1947. Opening titles: U.S. Navy Training Film - Aircraft Recognition AD-1 Skyraider (:08-:42). POV cockpit footage of shooting from the plane at a target on land and at sea. Shooting at targets. AD-1 Skyraider plane flies above the clouds. Tail of the AD-1 Skyraider. Torpedo and Scout Bomber planes fly. AD-1 Skyraider flies and has a new feature - fuselage brakes (:43-2:20)....
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This short 1947 U.S. Navy training film (MN-5348D) shows the intelligence that is gathered through Navy photography missions and gives viewers a look at the men who take the photographs, develop the photographs, and interpret the images. The film opens with a plane flying through the sky, followed by a shot of a Navy task force at sea. Viewers see ships’ guns moving into position and planes taking off from carriers (01:10). Men review the mission in a chart room. A man photographs enemy...
Topics: 1947, US Navy, Photography, Photo, Training Film, Ships, Stock Footage
This 1948 color film US Navy Photographic Report MN-5377D reviews Equipment used at the Arctic Operations Naval (PET) Petroleum Reserve #4 (:27). This documents the work of the Seabees / CBs Construction Battalion Detachment (CBD) and their search for oil in Alaska and the arctic. The group boasted geologists, petroleum engineers, driller (oil), tool pushers, roustabouts and roughnecks.  Congress earmarked $1,000,000 for Operation Pet 4 and it was decided to send them to Alaska to determine if...
Topics: 1948, US Navy, Operation Pet 4 Oil, Alaska, US Naval Arctic, Stock Footage
This color, silent film "Introduction to the Arctic" was created as part of a series of five films. They document a U.S. Navy effort to exploit petroleum reserves in Alaska territory, specifically an area identified as PET 4 or Petroleum Reserve No. 4. The film shows some of the Eskimo people of Alaska as well as drilling operations. Copyright date is November 1948. The film was produced under the auspices of the U.S. Navy Office of Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves, which...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made in 1948 by the De Frenes Company,  this U.S. Navy training movie breaks down the steps that must be taken for proper film processing and shows each of the chemicals used and what they do. It opens with a photographer using a Speed Graphic type camera, checking his exposed film for satisfaction after taking a picture (:43). A diagram then points to the image which was thrown by the camera lens that has left an invisible record of itself on the film (:51). This record cannot be used until...
Topics: 1948, US Navy, Photography, Darkroom, US Navy Training Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This wonderful, innuendo-filled, animated 1949 color film, Avoidable Carrier Accidents, is United States Navy Training Film MN4353q. It opens with animated cars obeying a traffic light ( 0:13 - 0:20 ). A uniformed Navy officer looks upon a “Join the Navy” recruitment sign, which zooms into an Arabian location where the rest of the film takes place ( 0:21 - 0:40 ). The pilots take a break from sea and head to a bar, where a scantily clad belly dancer performs and a pilot “crashes” onto...
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This black & white educational/training film is about bending oak billets to make bent wood for proper boat construction. Its copyright is September 1949 and was made by the US Navy.  Opening titles: Nonclassified, US Navy Training Film - Bending Oak Techniques (:08-:55). Wood is lined up. Mountains with wood, Lebanon Cedar wood. Other trees. Roots of the wood afford maximum strength. More tall trees in the woods. White Oak wood is very durable and can be bent for a boat frame. Many...
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This film presents the resistance of air on the forward movement of aircrafts. It depicts the parasite drag as well as skin friction and how to combat or minimize the effects of the drag. It opens with a plane taking off from a runway and provides the information that as it takes off, the air moving under the wing creates lift which enables it to fly (:35). Drag is when air resists the movement of any flying object (:47). A demonstration of drag includes a couple walking together freely when...
Topics: 1949, USAF, US Air Force, Training Film, Airplane, Stock Footage
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This is a 1950, black and white training film made by the United States Army, "Hospital Food Service Personnel Training. Part III. Equipment." The movie shows how proper cleaning and sanitation of food equipment in a hospital promotes the good health of everyone, whereas poor sanitation can result in a disaster. The film opens with men getting dressed and cleaned up in a hospital locker room. A man in a chef’s hat comes in and talks to a mess attendant -- one of the men who keeps...
Topics: 1950s, US Army, Hospital Food Service, Kitchen Equipment, Stock Footage
Shot in 1950 by an unknown U.S. serviceman, this 16mm home movie shows Occupied Japan and briefly Hong Kong. It provides a striking time capsule of post-war life in Japan, a nation which was slowly rebuilding after defeat. It starts in summer with footage of a fire at the port of Yokohama. It also contains footage of a military base, the launching a private motorboat "The Joker", built for one of the servicemen , and the launch of the fishing vessel "Krill" (briefly seen in...
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Made in 1950, Highway to Hawaii is a terrific travelogue presented by United Airlines.   After a detailed countdown and focusing leader, this film explores United Airlines' new main line airway to the Hawaiian Islands, with DC-6 Mainliners making regular trips. This film offers gorgeous vintage views of antiquated airliners flying over the Golden Gate Bridge on their way across the Pacific, and the high quality of service that now seems extinct.   We also see the old communications tools...
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This educational film is about the Soviet Union present day. It was made in 1951 by the United States Army Strategic Intelligence School as part of its curriculum. (Area Film Studies), Number 1: USSR (:06-:33). Mother Russia, Kremlin in Moscow. Birds, flowers in Russia. A farmer amongst grazing cattle. A revolution, people run, the Communist Party. Flags fly, the hammer and sickle, the USSR. It is several times larger than the USA. Soldiers march holding guns. The USSR has four types of...
Topics: 1951, US Army, Intelligence, School, Analysys, Soviet Union, Russia, Stock Footage
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This film focuses on the radioisotope; the radioactive isotope of an element. It was produced with the cooperation of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and its contractors (:23). It opens with a quote from Democritus (:40) as well as a man searching for gold in a river (1:03). Today, scientists hunt for minerals such as gold and silver in addition to others such as uranium (1:08). Uranium is a radioactive metal discovered through the use of a Geiger counter (1:20). Scientists believed it would...
Topics: 1951, US Army, Training Film, Fundamentals Of Radioactivity, Radioisotope, Part 1, Stock Footage
This black & white U.S. Navy recruiting film is about life on the storied battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62) during the Korean War, when the ship was used to bombard enemy positions on the coast, and to interdict enemy shipping. Copyright is 1952. Opening titles: The United States Navy presents "Floating Fortress" (:07-:32). Shore off Korea. A Communist supply ship heads towards the coast to supply guns to the enemy. The American ship USS New Jersey is there to make sure that...
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The Philippines is an Armed Forces Information Film (no. 48) newsreel from 1953 that gives a very brief overview of the recent history, people, government, military, and geography of the Philippines. The film opens with a 1946 parade in Manila celebrating the Philippines’ independence. Aerial footage shows viewers the Philippines (01:37). The film shows footage of statues, old Spanish churches and buildings, and a portrait of U.S. Admiral Dewey. Officers of the Philippine Military Academy...
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This color educational/training film is about the current artillery weapons the U.S. Army is using. This was made in 1953.  Titles: The United States Army Presents Weapons of the Artillery (:09-:21). U.S. Army soldiers fire off a cannon. A tank fires off artillery. A cannon is fired. A tank fires off light artillery. 3.5" rocket launcher bazooka, served by a two man crew - a demonstration shows it fired at a tank and the tank is hit, but not totally destroyed. The quadruple 50 caliber...
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This color, silent movie footage features members of the Fourth Army conducting weapons training and testing. This was shot in 1953 in and around Camp Bullis, Texas, and the Fourth Army Chemical Defense School. Opening: Camera slate - 4th Army Signal Corps, March 1953 (:11). Servicemen exit a building and walk by a sign that reads: Fourth Army Chemical Defense School (:23). A soldier wires a detonator and turns the detonator; colored smoke emits from a marker canister (:46). Smoke bombs send...
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How to get along in France (AFIF no. 40) is a 1953 Armed Forces Information film used to educate U.S. servicemen about to be stationed in France on French people, politics, customs, social and family life. The film opens with a shot of the Statue of Liberty (00:24), followed by a shot of New York City from across the harbor (00:33). Soldiers board a ship (00:55) as the narrator discusses the threat of communism and the Soviet Union to the “free world.” NATO troops march at headquarters just...
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As shown in this 1950s film "Project Tinkertoy"was the code-name for a development and proof of concept project undertaken by the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) to create a process for automated manufacture of electronic equipment and for demonstrating it on a pilot production line. The needs for this program came out of the new Cold War and the Korean War, where certain vital electronic components were in very short supply. The pilot plant created by Tinkertoy had to be...
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This black & white pilot training film is one of a series created by the U.S. Navy to familiarize pilots with the McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee aircraft. The F2H Banshee was a single-seat carrier-based jet fighter aircraft deployed by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps from 1948 to 1961. Two primary aircraft were built --  the F2H-1 and the more powerful F2H-2 which was equipped with the Westinghouse J34-WE-34. Versions of the F2H-2 included the nuclear capable F2H-2B, the night fighter F2H-2N,...
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Made in the 1950s for U.S. Navy pilot recruits, this historic film shows how to perform both wingovers and chandelles.  The film uses live action and animation to simulate the maneuvers, which are performed in an SNJ training aircraft.  A wingover (also called a wing-over-wing, crop-duster turn or box-canyon turn) is an aerobatic maneuver in which an airplane makes a steep climb, followed by a vertical flat-turn (the plane turns to its side, without rolling, similar to the way a car turns)....
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This black & white U.S. Army educational/training film is about the Chemical Decontamination unit if it is needed during chemical warfare. The film was part of a series of training films about Chemical, Biological and Radiological weapons -- or CBR. The copyright is 1954.  Opening titles: The United States Army presents The Chemical Decontamination Company (:09-:27). Jets go really fast in formation before trailing off and dropping chemicals - this is chemical warfare. Newspaper headlines:...
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This color educational/promotional film is about the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and what is offered there. Copyright is 1954. Opening: United States Navy presents The Annapolis Story (:06-:49). Naval cadets march. Some carry rifles. Some carry books. Huge group of cadets marches. Aerial shot of U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Cadets march. Graduation day. A mailman delivers mail to a boy sitting, another working on a car. A boy runs with his letter to a group of girls. U.S....
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This late 1950s black and white documentary details the U.S. Air Force’s IGY (International Geophysical Year) Satellite Program, begun in 1955 under President Eisenhower. It is also sponsored by the General Electric Miniature Lamp Department. People wearing headphones listen to the countdown for the launch of the 1958 Explorer I artificial satellite (9:10-1:15). A young boy looks at a picture of a rocket in a book in a 1950s decorated living room. Pictures in a book show concepts of a flying...
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\This black & white educational film is about the Army Corps of Engineers and National Guard assisting with flood aftermath. The organization that predated the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) is shown -- the Federal Civil Defense Administration. This is circa 1956 but shows news events of 1955, when there was extensive flooding caused by Hurricanes Connie and Diane. In little over a week, the two hurricanes passed by Southern New England producing major flooding over much...
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Presented by the U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Forrestal (MN 8087) is a 1956 film that shows the construction of the Forrestal at the shipyards of the Newport News Shipbuilding company, the ship’s christening and commissioning, and its first sea trials. The ship is named after James Forrestal, the first US Secretary of Defense; it is first launched on 11 December 1954 and commissioned on 1 October 1955. It is the first U.S. carrier to be built with an angled flight deck. The film opens with shot of the...
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You in Japan is a short 1956 military film (AFIF 78) that serves as a brief orientation to Japan for U.S. servicemen stationed there. The film begins with a shot of a U.S. ship at sea, with the crew on deck, about to arrive in Japan. Troops sit on the deck of the ship for a short orientation on Japan before arriving at port. Units of the Japanese Defense Force march during training under the U.S. military (01:50). The film shows the port of Yokohama (03:45), and then several U.S. servicemen as...
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This is the United States Army T.F. 9 2510 black and white 1957 training film for renovating ammunition. Soldiers unload boxes of ammunition from a USAX 24668 train car (:37- 1:10 ). Ammo boxes are inspected for deterioration ( 1:11 - 1:25 ). A 90-millimeter projectile is shown ( 1:32 ). Renovation is done by the ordinance renovation units, shown riding in a military jeep ( 2:03 - 2:21 ). A job description and flow chart documents are shown ( 2:27 - 2:57 ). Detailed diagrams of how to set up...
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In this episode of the True Adventure TV series from the early 1960s, viewers go on an expedition through the Northwest Passage with the U.S. Coast Guard. The episode opens with dramatic shots of the Arctic, including an ice shelf breaking off ( 00:08 ). Host Bill Burrud discusses the Coast Guard’s voyage through the Northwest Passage. There are various shots of the Arctic Ocean with a number of different ships navigating its waterways ( 02:23 ). The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bramble sails out...
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