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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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Silent film released by Castle in 1940 for the home market showing events of 1939 and the lead up to "War in Europe".  Hitler demands Danzig.  Oppressed minorities flee Europe.  Polish army mobilizes.  Poland closes German border.  Great Britain and France pledge to assist Poland and summon reserves. London, civilians answer the call for war service.  Americans flee Europe. Von Ribbnebtrop flies to Moscow to conclude Soviet-German anti-aggression pact. Chamberlain and Daladier...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This silent film was released by Castle Films in 1940 for the home market. It shows the outbreak of "War in Europe" with the German invasion of Poland, which triggered a declaration of war by France and Great Britain.  The film begins with Hitler demanding the city-state of Danzig (:12).  Oppressed minorities flee Germany as refugees (:30).  Polish Army mobilizes (:48).  Poland closes German border (1:00).  Great Britain and France pledge to assist Poland and summon reserves...
Topics: War, Europe, 1939, Castle FIlm, WWII, Germany, Invasion, Poland, France, Stock Footage, Periscope...
This color educational film is about different ways to weld. It was made by the Union Carbide Linde Division to encourage young people to pursue careers in the welding trade. No copyright but this is circa the 1970s.  Opening: a men welds, sparks fly, bright lights. Wire tube turns. A laser beam welds. Credit: WAYS TO WELD (:06-1:30). A man demonstrates gas welding. He ignites oxygen and gas through his torch. Gas welding is taking place, close on the flame. The welder is joining two pieces of...
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This color educational film was produced by Vincent H. Hunter, narrated by Gayne Whitman and photographed by Jack Patterson. It's about the care of sheep, harvesting of wool, and how western sheep mean a lot to the USA. No copyright but research puts this circa 1952 when it was produced as a "livestock film" by Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific Railroad presents "Western Sheep" (:12-1:08). Sheep in a herd. Sheep in the forest. A shepherd walks amongst the sheep. Close on...
Topics: Western Sheep, Wool, Sheep Ranching, 1950s, Union Pacific, Railroad, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown filmmaker, this color silent home movie shows close up views of the Chicago Railroad Fair circa 1949. The Chicago Railroad Fair was an event organized to celebrate and commemorate 100 years of railroad history west of Chicago, Illinois. In addition, the Fair highlighted important eras in American history and technological growth. It was held in 1948 and 1949 along the shore of Lake Michigan and is often referred to as "the last great railroad fair" with 39 railroad...
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This black and white 1940 travelogue film produced and directed by Armand Denis and his wife Leila Roosevelt for the Chrysler Corporation documents their 1939 expedition to Burma (now Myanmar), depicting landmarks and customs with an air of exoticism (TRT 31:48). Titles: “Dodge Division, Chrysler Corporation presents'' over automobiles driving through rugged off-road terrain. “Wheels Across India'' (0:10). Title card: “New England. Cows graze. A white colonial style home on a...
Topics: Wheels Across India, 1940s, Armand, Denis
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This short 1963 educational film from Film Associates of California gives viewers an overview of the role satellites play in relaying information across the world, specifically showing how the early satellite developments—focusing on the Echo, Telstar, and Syncom satellites—make it possible for the fast and continuous transmitting of communication signals across the planet. The film opens with a shot of a satellite moving in space and the first television broadcast ever relayed through...
Topics: 1963, Space Satellite, Communication Satellites, Stock Footage
Wings Over The Andes, narrated by Lowell Thomas, is a short film that documents the pioneering aerial photography expedition to Peru (specifically, to Peru’s Lost Valley) by geologist Robert Shippee and U.S. Navy Lt. George Johnson in 1931. The film opens with Shippee and Johnson loading supplies into small airplanes (possibly Bellancas) at an airfield in Peru. The planes take off and fly over the Peruvian coastal plain then over the snow-capped Andes Mountains. Footage from the planes show...
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This film "Within this Decade" draws its title from John F. Kennedy's speech, which challenged America to land a man on the Moon by the end of the 1960s. The movie presents a summary of NASA's progress and traces the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.   The film opens with shots of the Moon’s cratered surface (:25) and the title screen (1:25). Unmanned space crafts were tested and developed in NASA’s research centers (1:58). The footage shown was collected from unmanned space...
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This color educational film is about farmers who work on the land and was made in 1946. It was directed by Ernest Reid. This is a silent print, possibly made to be shown on a silent projector while a script was read to accompany it. The film follows a small, rural Canadian family as they problem solve how to keep a hardworking, recently married farmhand employed on their land during the winter months. The film gives pragmatic information that would have been highly valuable to the rural farmers...
Topics: 1946, Rural Canada, Farmers, Ernest Raid, National Film Board, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This film is from the series called “The World in Action” which was a monthly series from the National Film Board of Canada made to boost morale and show the Allied war effort during WW2. It focuses on the Netherlands as they were invaded by Germany in 1940. It is presented by United Artists (:08) and opens with footage of the Netherlands after they had been invaded (:43). The country was then divided by the barbed wires of concentration camps and under Nazi rule (:45). A newspaper follows...
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This black & white educational film is about the Paratroops of the United Nations Allied Forces who are fighting against the Axis powers. This film is circa 1942. Titles: United Artists presents The World in Action, Paratroops, Commandos From The Sky (:06-:54). Men on a plane parachute off the plane, parachutes as seen from the ground. Armies of the United Nations are ready to parachute: Poland, France, Russian, American, British, and Canadian. A plane takes off. Men stretch and then do...
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"230,000 Will Die" is a 1954, black and white film that opens with narrator Charles Cameron, M.D., medical director of the American Cancer Society, speaking to the camera. This groundbreaking film about medical research was presented by the American Cancer Society. Its purpose is to warn Americans to take early action on their cancer as it can be treated and save lives. To a modern audience, the film is notable because of what it does not focus on -- for example smoking is not...
Topic: Stock Footage
This short film, likely from the late 1940s or early 1950s, gives viewers a look at the arid landscape of the American Southwest and the critical roles the Colorado River and the Hoover Dam play in the flourishing economy and high quality of life in southern California. The film opens with a shot of a desert in the southwestern U.S. and a railroad line running through it. An engineer sounds the train’s horn as the train moves through the desert on its way to California. A truck pulls up to a...
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This 1970 documentary narrated by Frank McGee, gives viewers a look at the Apollo 11 mission as well as a brief history of early space exploration leading up to the 1969 moon landing mission. The film begins with Frank McGee talking to the camera about the beginning of mankind’s space exploration. Viewers see an illustration from a Jules Verne novel and clips from several early motion pictures showing people traveling to the moon (02:58). The film shows a photograph of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky...
Topics: We Came In Peace, NASA, Race, Apollo 11, Moon Mission, Documentary, Stock Footage
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This color educational/promotional film from Copley is about the history of the United States Military Academy at West Point on the Hudson River, and its contributions to the nation. It was part of the "Rediscovering America" series. It is hosted by actor William Shatner. Copyright 1974. It was directed by Ocee Ritch, written by Jim Gilbert and Ocee Ritch, filmed by J. Barry Herron, Dan Yarussi, Jay Skidmore and Ray Nankey, edited by Stuart O'Brien, and produced by Howard Matson and...
Topics: West Point, United States, Military Academy, William Shatner, Hudson River, Stock Footage,...
The Tide Water Associated Oil Company presents this late 1940s, black and white film called, "The Story of Federal, What’s Back of a Long Safe Ride." This promotional film for Federal Tires (an American brand, not to be confused with the post-WWII Taiwanese company) was presented by the marketers of Veedol, Flying-A Ethyl Gasoline and Tydol Motor Oil. It likely dates to 1948. The movie opens with 1940s cars quickly moving down dirt roads. Cars ride down the highway, 1:00. Men and...
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This color educational film, one in a series entitled "Wheat - The Staff of Life" is about the milling of wheat. It was apparently made by the General Mills, Inc. corporation. Copyright is 1947. Directed by Rand Kellogg and Frederick R. Jones, the film was released by Simmel-Meservey. Opening: WHEAT---THE STAFF OF LIFE (:07-:33). Title: The Milling of Wheat. A huge wheat processing facility, the General Mills factory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Samples of wheat are ground in a small...
Topics: Wheat, Staff Of Life, Milling Of Wheat To Flour, Flour, 1947, General Mills, Minneapolis, Stock...
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Produced by Crawley Films of Canada for McGraw-Hill Book Co, Inc., When Should I Marry? is a 1957 educational film that is part of the Marriage and Family Living series. Viewers watch as a young couple, Jim and Pat, meet with their minister, Dr. Hamilton, to discuss if they are ready for marriage. Dr. Hamilton tells them the stories of two couples that highlight only the negative hardship aspects of marrying young. The film opens with a shot of Jim and Pat walking through a park holding hands....
Topics: Marry, Mariage, 1960s, Social Guidance, 1957, Stock Footage
Produced by Warner Bros. in cooperation with the United States Army Air Corps and released in April of 1941, WINGS OF STEEL was directed by B. Reeves Eason from a screenplay by Owen Crump. It also features Herbert Anderson, Tom Neal & Ralph Byrd. Shot in Technicolor, WINGS OF STEEL tells the story of a sports champion (Douglas Kennedy) who is drawn to aviation to help his country in the war effort. The film features color footage of the B-17 at :41, and Stearman training planes at  1:18...
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Dating to 1966, "Wings to Great Britain" promotes Pan Am's trans-Atlantic service. It was photographed and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Henry Strauss. Strauss' body of work included a series of ground-breaking industrial and human relations training films produced for Pan American Airlines, GE and AT&T. He is the subject of the documentary "Man and the Middle Class". The script was written by Allan Sloane and the film was edited by Bill Buckley. Opening animated Pan...
Topics: 1960s, Pan AM, Travelogue, England, Scotland, London, Great Britain, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This silent newsreel was released by Kodak as part of their Kodascope Library in 1927. The contents were shot by veteran journalist Lowell Thomas, who reported from Egypt during WWI and helped Lawrence of Arabia come to international acclaim. At 13:00 a title card proclaims that "Allenby's army, made up of seventeen nationalities, marched from Egypt to Palestine." A view of the Black Watch is shown.   At :33, the Australian Camel Corps. is shown. At :56 Gaza is bombarded by artillery...
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This black & white educational silent film is about the New York Subway system. This was filmed during the transition from peepshow to nickelodeon type moving pictures. There is no copyright but this was filmed between 1904-1910 based on title cards in the film.  Opening titles: Wonderland presents Movie Museum (:06-:11). Going down the rails of a New York City subway. New York City's first subway was the Interborough Rapid Transit. Subway excavation. Smoke and debris from excavation...
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This industrial film "Working Together" from 1951 shows the firm Thompson Aviation Products and its TAPCO plant in Euclid, Ohio. The film is incomplete, in that it is missing the soundtrack, but the movie does give a good overview of the company as it operated in the late 1940s.  Thompson Products became more widely known to the world as TRW. The company was incorporated in Cleveland in  1916. Frederick C. Crawford became president in 1933 and espoused a philosophy of industrial...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Everyone’s green thumb is put to the test as the tree house detectives attempt to grow award-winning pineapple plants for the upcoming state fair. The tree house becomes a greenhouse as the detectives experiment with soil, plant life cycles, light, CO2 and even genetics to grow the perfect plant. Follow along with Kali as she visits the beautiful islands of Hawaii to explore a rainforest, a pineapple plantation and a volcano where she learns about volcanic soil. To license this film and get a...
Topics: NASA, ecosystems, biology
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The tree house detectives’ efforts to raise money with a car wash dry up when the city is hit with water restrictions. With the help of Problem-Based Learning (PBL), the entire group learns all about the water cycle, the water table, global climates, and much more to get the project flowing again. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
Topics: NASA, science, water cycle
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The Tree House Detectives are eager to win the Presidential Physical Fitness Award, but one of the detectives is not quite up to the challenge. They decide that it is time for a little research to learn more about being fit. They visit NASA to learn more about muscles, bones and physical activity and find out why fitness is the key to space exploration. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
Topics: NASA, physical fitness
Part 2: https://archive.org/details/63874-q-ships-reel-2-mos-vwr Created in 1928, the silent feature "Q-Ships" takes place on the high seas of the Atlantic in World War I. The "Q-Ships" in question were part of an English ruse to tackle the U-boat threat: normal looking merchant vessels were converted to carry weapons, in hopes of luring an unsuspecting enemy raider to its demise. The film presents an interesting look at the WWI battle for maritime supremacy, which preceded...
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Part 1: https://archive.org/details/63834-q-ships-reel-1-mos-vwr Love our channel? Help us save and post more orphaned films!   Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm   Even a really tiny contribution can make a difference. Created in 1928, the silent feature "Q-Ships" takes place on the high seas of the Atlantic in World War I. The "Q-Ships" in question were part of an English ruse to tackle the U-boat threat: normal looking merchant vessels were...
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This film from 1930 depicts the 25th anniversary of Warner Brothers Studio and features a Mr. and Mrs. Warner Brothers Pictures hosting a dinner with guests in attendance whom were under contract at Warner Bro’s at the time. Mrs. Warner Bro’s is to be played by Beryl Mercer (:15) with Ottis Skinner as her husband. Their daughter, Little Miss Vitaphone is played by Betty Jane Graham. The film opens with a shot of a three-tiered cake with ‘25th Anniversary Jubilee’ written on it (:25)....
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The Warner Brothers film depicts John Litel as Patrick Henry as he makes an argument for colonial independence to the Second Virginia Convention on March 23rd, 1775 at St. Johns Church in Richmond, Virginia. It won the Academy Award for best short subject in 1937. The second segment of the film is an excerpt from the 1937 Vitaphone film titled “Romance of Louisiana”. A tax poster from the British Parliament is seen (:09) on a building with men inside debating the mobilization of Virginia...
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This silent, color home movie footage shows a wedding, as well as a visit to Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean in 1939. It's possible that the trip served as the unknown couple's honeymoon. The man shown at the beginning of the film, Charlie Wiman, is believed to have been Commodore Charles Wiman of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, and master of the yacht Patolita shown in the film. More importantly, Wiman was also the president and owner of the John Deere Tractor Company in Moline, Illinois,...
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This black & white educational film is about how electricity is distributed from power stations in a modern community. This film is from 1939 and was presented by Westinghouse.   Opening titles: "SUMMER STORM" (:09-:41). A shirtless boy walks down a city street during a hot summer day in August. A dog and a man are asleep outside as are some people in the park. Children get ice cream from the ice cream truck. Other girls run through a sprinkler in a yard. A man fishes. His...
Topics: 1939, Summer Storm, Electrical Grid, Power Distribution, Stock Footage
Created by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the months leading up to Pearl Harbor, and through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science's fledgling "Research Council", SAFEGUARDING MILITARY INFORMATION was shown to U.S. troops in early 1942. It features a truncated notice at the head by Major Gen. Dawson Olmstead, who as Chief Signal Officer during the major portion of World War II presided over a momentous buildup of the Signal Corps. With as budget that grew from nine million...
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Released just two months before Pearl Harbor brought the American nation to war, ROOKIE REVUE is a cartoon set on an Army base.  Here, a bugler uses a jukebox to play reveille. In formation, one private has a great deal of trouble remembering what comes after "3"; after he gets it, he decides not to go for the $32 question. In the mess hall, the machine gunners machine gun their food while the bombers catch falling biscuits. The infantry marches for miles - past a "next time,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War, World War II, Warner Bros. Entertainnment, Cartoon
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Dating to 1941, this black and white, silent film from Castle "War in the East  British-Greek Victories" chronicles the Italian victory in Ethiopia in 1936, and shows some of the early successes that the Greek Army achieved against Italian forces, and British successes in North Africa -- in particular the Battle of Bardia -- in 1940-41. While largely forgotten, both of the campaigns shown in this film had meaningful impact on the war. In particular, Greece's defeat of Mussolini's...
Topics: 1941 WWII, Newsreel, British Victories, Libya, Greek, Italian Army, Ethiopia, Greece, Stock Footage
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Released in November of 1942, PATTERN FOR VICTORY shows scenes of the first year after American entry into World War II. It was produced by Paramount News. The film begins with Pearl Harbor, and civilians hearing the news of the bombing of the fleet by Japanese aircraft. President Roosevelt is seen addressing Congress on December 8, 1941. Men register for service and women operate machinery in war plants. Scenes on the American home front include gas rationing. Prime Minister Winston Churchill...
Topics: 1942, WWII, World War II, Pattern, Victory, Pearl Harbor, Stock Footage
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Made in 1942 and nominated for an Academy Award, this MGM short is entitled DON'T TALK. It was part of the so-called "Crime does not Pay" series, and focuses on industrial sabotage during wartime. After a valuable shipment of manganese is blown up at a material plant, the FBI try to find out how information on the manganese shipment was found out. They get a lead on one of the plotters, Beulah Anderson, who as a waitress in a café gets to pick up all kinds of scuttlebutt from the...
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Dating to 1942 and then re-released in the post-WWII period, "American Anniversary" is a patriotic short film directed by Oscar winner Leslie Roush. The film was funded by the National Association of Manufacturers and produced by Paramount Pictures. The film shows 20 years in the life of an immigrant named Joe Karnak, who arrives in America uncertain of his place in society and future. Over the course of the film he becomes a substantial contributor to his community. According to a...
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Made by Ted Eshbaugh, who made six or more cartoons for various studios in the 30s and 40s, CAP'N CUB is a WWII propaganda cartoon that ballyhoos the U.S. Army Air Corps.   The cartoon starts out cute, but soon turns very politically incorrect by post-war standards. Cute little Cap'n Cub reviews a weapons parade, but wants more "planes, planes, planes!". A full production sequence follows, and the completed planes go off to fight the Japanese, and goes from cute to dark very quickly...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, 1943, WWII, Cartoon
Made in 1943, this silent home movie shows the induction services for draftees held at the University of Arizona in Tucson during WWII. It was one of several films made to document selectees, who include (based on the names shown) many hispanic Americans and perhaps some native Americans. Exactly why these movies were shot is unclear, but what they do underscore is the level of sacrifice made by citizens around the USA during the war. The film begins with a title card stating that...
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This film, created during WW2 shows how three inventions have made major contributions to the U.S.A.’s war effort. It shows the use of celluloid which lead to the booming plastic’s industry, Edouard Benedictus’ innovation of using a thin layer of collodion on glass to prevent shattering and the silk of spiders which is the best material used for the cross hairs in periscope sights and bomb sights. The film is a part of a series hosted by John Nesbitt that were produced from 1938 to 1949...
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This 1943 War Department training film (T.F. 31-1231) shows the four training stages that parachutists go through at the Army’s recently established Parachute School at Fort Benning, GA. The film opens with parachutists jumping out of Douglas C-47 Skytrains. New recruits stand at the school’s training grounds (00:48). The film recaps Stage “A” Training: the men do physical training, including ab exercises, pushups, tumbling (02:25), and relay games. Men climb ropes in a gymnasium...
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This black & white educational film was made to educate viewers about prejudice and discrimination. It was released twice, in 1943 and 1947. This has a copyright of 1947. Opening titles: War Dept Educational Film - DON'T BE A SUCKER (:07-:19). Henry rides on a  train with three men, they play cards. Joe plays around on his wife with another woman. As Joe leaves the bar with the other woman, a  guy knocks out Joe and he and the lady go through the pockets of the unconscious Joe. A man...
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This film takes a look at the 2nd Battle of Guam in July through August of 1944. It involved U.S.forces moving to recapture Guam which had been captured by Japan in 1941. Guam was under 1,600 miles from Tokyo and Manila (:32), another reason the U.S. wanted to recapture it. Japan used the island to guard their vital sea lanes. After the fall of Saipan, Guam was pointed to as the next target (:43). US convoys make their way towards Guam (:52). Pre-invasion bombardments carried on hitting shore...
Topics: 1944, War Department, WWII, World War II, Guam, Stock Footage
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Dating to early 1944 and prior to the D-Day invasion, this WWII newsreel prepared by the Office of Strategic Services assesses enemy strength, and looks at grand strategy, production and logistics, showing what has been accomplished so far -- and what sacrifices will need to be made to ensure victory. Opening titles:(:07-1:20). September 12, 1943, German paratroopers free Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in the Gran Sasso Raid. The German Fallschirmjäger led by Major Harald Mors and Waffen-SS...
Topics: 1944, War Department, Gran Sasso Raid, Axis Military Strength, WWII, Newsreel, Stock Footage
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This film is a part of the series titled ‘Weekly Digest’. It shows various footage from WWII fronts including construction of the airstrip on Green Island, footage of the pilots of the first all African American fighter outfit and captured German soldier interrogations in Italy. The footage was prepared by the First Army Air Forces Combat Film Detachment (:22). The first segment takes viewers to Green Island off the coast of the Solomon Islands in March of 1944 (:32). A new airstrip here...
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PINCERS ON JAPAN is a 19-minute 1944 Canadian documentary film, made by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). The film was directed by James Beveridge, who also produced and directed a similar NFB documentary, LOOK TO THE NORTH. In 1943, Alaska and the north Pacific have become a theatre of war as Japanese forces threaten. For over a decade, Japan had begun training for warfare in a subarctic region, (00:03:45:00) and had targeted the Aleutian Islands where they had maintained a foothold....
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This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Ordnanceman” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with a camera scan of SB2C-3 Helldivers. A group of Aviation Ordnancemen lift up the tail of a fighter and put a stand underneath it to hold it up. The wing guns are aligned using targets on the wall. The sailor waves his hand to indicate the direction the other sailor should make the adjustment (:15- 1:15 ). An...
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Directed by Will Jason, "Safety Sleuth" is a 1944 short written by Joe Ansen, starring Dave O'Brien, and produced by the War Department Safety Council. It features a re-enactment (at the end) of the famed "Bricklayer's Accident".  Produced during the war when efficiency was key, "Safety Sleuth" focuses on the fact that were 2 million injuries in American factories during the first year of the war. A group of "safety sleuths" work to fix various problems...
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This 1944-1945 black-and-white military propaganda film contains various segments including dramatic aerial bombing footage. Romania switched to the Allies in 1944. Soviet troops repair a blown-up bridge as troops and military equipment cross into Romania (:10-1:40).  Siret looks abandoned. Soviet tanks pass through Botosani. Inhabitants return in ox carts past marching soldiers.  A cannon is towed (1:41-2:27).  The Citadel explodes as bombs are dropped. A soldier runs past bombed-out...
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Combat Bulletin No. 55, produced in 1945 by the Army Pictorial Service, gives viewers a look at Germany’s surrender to Allied forces, the fall of Rangoon, the development of the Allied base on Iwo Jima, captured Japanese weapons, and the heavy damage the USS Franklin sustained on 19 March 1945. The bulletin opens with additional surrender films. Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, commander of the British and Canadian 21st Army Group, reads the Instrument of Surrender at Luneburg Heath. The...
Topics: 1945, War, Combat Bulletin, V-E Day, Germany Surrenders, Germany, Raid, Japan, Stock Footage
Filmed during the World War II election season of 1944, This Historic footage does a brilliant job of walking viewers through the structure of the federal government and the election process. Important moments like the conventions, presentations to the public, public debate and of course voting are all explored. The footage focuses mainly on the process only noting details of the Roosevelt win almost in passing, but the excitement of his supporters is vividly captured. A must watch for any...
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“The District of Columbia” was the very first episode in the 1940s motion picture series created by Carl Dudley Productions, “The Screen Book of Knowledge  -- This Land Of Ours”.  It dates to 1945 and presents a travelogue view of historic buildings, monuments, architecture and transportation in and around that nation's capitol Washington, D.C. A boy opens the “Screen Book of Knowledge” (0:07). Opening credits (0:10). Slow zoom on a color-coded map of the United States into a star...
Topics: 1945, Washington DC, Travelogue, Educational FIlm, US Capitol, National Mall, Stock Footage
This Soviet propaganda film recounts the events of 1945, as the Red Army resumed the offensive against the Fascist Wehrmacht, pushing the Germans out of Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, and Poland. The film ends before the final battles in Germany, with a gaunt-looking President Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin meeting at Yalta. Notably, the film contains rare footage (at  10:06 ) of FDR smoking a cigarette. This was the type of material that would never...
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Made in late 1945, THE ARMY NURSE is a short documentary propaganda film commissioned by the US military to highlight the role and contributions of army nurses.   The film opens with a combat scene in the summer of 1945, when the war becomes a million men old (presumably the Battle of Okinawa) one of the soldiers is show getting wounded and the scene goes woozy. The narrator notes "This is the time for you to decide what you're gonna be: a soldier that gets injured and dies, or a soldier...
Topics: 1945, WWII, World War II, US Army, US Army Nurse, Stock Footage
This 1945 black-and-white combat bulletin highlighting the European Theater of Operations has multiple segments. A formation of Douglas DC-3 (Dakota in the RAF) flies over Belgium. A damaged plane slowly descends and crashes; it’s crew parachuting down. Tanks pass over bridges. The convoy approaches Nijmegan, Netherlands. The bridge over the Waal River remains intact as British engineers remove the charges Germans left behind (:15-2:31). British and American air forces in North Africa plan...
Topics: 1945, WWII, ETO, Combat Bulletin, Holland, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational/propaganda film is about the battle of Saipan during World War 2 in the Pacific between the USA and Japanese forces. The copyright is 1945.   Opening titles: U.S. Navy Training Film nonclassified, PACIFIC FIREPOWER (:07-:36). The Marianas Islands. Tanks ride in Saipan. Saipan is the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands. Cities on the island are shown on a map. Aslito Airfield, renamed Isley Field in name of an American flyer - P-47 planes land on the...
Topics: WWII, World War II, 1945, Saipan, Pacific Firepower, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1945, this home movie shows life aboard the USS Blackford (APB-45), a Benewah-class self-propelled barracks ship that was in service with the United States Navy during the waning days of World War II. It was apparently shot by photographer's mate R.E. Markell between August of 1945 and April of 1946.  The film begins somewhere off the Sea of Japan with shots of sailors scrubbing the ships' deck (:41), eating sandwiches (:55) and sunbathing. At 1:00 two Japanese floating mines are...
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Produced in 1945 by the Treasury Department, "Peace Comes to America" contemplates the financial implications of the end of the war, and the responsibilities the government has to take care of its veterans -- including wounded vets -- as they transition back to "normal life."   The film begins with President Truman's declaration that Japan has surrendered and then shows the immediate aftermath around the world and the homecoming of millions of American men.  It then...
Topics: Newsreel, World War II, End Of WWII, Guam, G.I. Bill, Film, Potsdam Declaration, Demilitarization,...
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“Wings for this Man” is a 1945 film produced by the U.S. Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit, narrated by a pre-presidential Ronald Reagan. It promotes and lauds the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black / African American military aviators in the U.S. armed forces, formed during World War II. They formed the 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Forces. The film opens with Bf-109s in the skies (0:25). These are enemy fighters, with the...
Topics: 1945, Tuskegee Airmen, African American Pilots, Ronald Reagan, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1947 by Warner Bros., "The Power Behind the Nation" is a patriotic film that stresses the indispensability of good, solid, American workmanship. It was made about the "America that all Americans love" and "takes up the story of the pioneering that made America what it is today."  Features great images of the heavy industry of the 40s including the automobile assembly line, chemical plants, fishing industry, textile industry, railroads, steel industry,...
Topics: 1947, Warner Brothers, Patriotic Film, Industry, Railroad, Stock Footage
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Advantages of AC Welding, presented by Westinghouse and produced by B.K. Blake Productions, is a short film from 1951 promoting the advantages of AC output welding. The film opens with a shot of welding equipment ( 00:22 ) and men welding ( 01:14 ) as the narrator reviews the ability to weld all kinds of steel with AC welding. AC welding allows for high quality work whether it is vertical welding ( 01:45 ), overhead welding, horizontal welding, or flat welding. AC welding accommodates light and...
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This incredible black & white educational/promotional film is about women in the U.S. Air Force and the traing & jobs they can get while in the USAF. This was made in 1951, when women were not allowed to serve as pilots but were instead relegated to other jobs -- some of them quite technical in nature such as air traffic controller. (The roles women were assigned in this era was a bit of a reversal from WWII when the Women's Air Service Pilots or WASPs ferried planes around the world...
Topics: 1951, Women, Air Force, US Air Force, USAF, Stock Footage
Whats in The Bag, is a color film on how fertilizer is made. It was put out by The National Plant Food Institute which was only called by that name between the years of 1955 and 1969. This movie was probably made in the late 1950’s based on the dress being worn at the end of the film. Director: Malcolm H. McVickar.  Bags on a conveyor belt introduce What’s in the Bag! Followed by credits (0:07-0:47). Farmer on a tractor with a disc working the ground (0:48-0:53). Tractor and combine...
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This color educational film is about the Riverside 500 stock car race in Riverside, California. This was made in 1964. Opening: Riverside, CA race track. Cars drive by very fast. The cars drive by a corner. Racer Dan Gurney takes off his helmet. A car is tipped back onto its right side as a tow truck leaves. A man tightens a bolt on a guardrail. A man fixes a guardrail as people walk by. A driver observes a damaged car. A car races down the track, as they hit a turn the car hits a rail and...
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by W C Fields; Mack Sennett; RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
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Three short films starring W.C. Fields: The Dentist (1932) The Golf Specialist (1930) The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933) 57 minutes. Black and White.
Topics: vhs, comedy, black and white, wc fields
Source: VHS Panasonic AG-1980>Panasonic DMR-E30>CDR via OSX
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This 1960s color film is about WABCO Motor Graders (LeTourneau-Westinghouse) and made by WABCO Earthmoving Equipment, Peoria, IL. The film opens with motor graders in action along the side of roads, including a 440H. A closeup of mud rolling in front of the blade from the operator’s point of view is shown (:04- 1:54 ). Preventive Maintenance. The Operator’s Guide is shown for the Models 666 and 777; the H and NH series; In-Line 71 Engines Detroit Diesel; Model 330, 330H, and Model 440. The...
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Dating from 1957, "Behind the Ticker Tape" tells the story of the American Stock Exchange (now NYSE), showing how securities sales have evolved over the years, and giving a profile of the ASE at the height of its activity.  NYSE MKT LLC, formerly known as the American Stock Exchange (AMEX), is an American stock exchange situated in New York City, New York. AMEX was previously a mutual organization, owned by its members. Until 1953, it was known as the New York Curb Exchange. On...
Topics: Wall Street Crash Of 1929, Stock Exchange, Ticker tape, American Stock Exchange, Stock, NYSE, Wall...
This 1945 color cartoon “The ABC of Hand Tools” is presented by General Motors and produced by Walt Disney Productions in Technicolor. Hand tools are panned. Primitive Pete is a caveman who misuses each tool depicted (:50-2:13). Proper use of the ball and face sides of a ball-peen (ball-pein) hammer is explained (2:25-3:35). Hammers shown are brass or copper, raw-hide face, plastic tip, and claw (3:49). The claw hammer is used to hammer nails and the claw end to remove them. Shown are how...
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Dating from 1959 and released in Technicolor this Walt Disney film, made with the cooperation of the United States Department of Defense, uses music and animation to speculate on the use of space satellite technology (with a coordinated defense network) as a means to modify weather. “Eyes in Outer Space” (1959) was part of a series of short films, including “Man In Space,” “Man And The Moon,” “Mars And Beyond,” and “Our Friend The Atom,” exploring the world of the future....
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Made by the Walt Disney Company during WWII for the U.S. Navy, ICE FORMATION ON AIRCRAFT was part of a series of films and booklets in the "Aerology Series" produced by the Bureau of Aeronautics Training Division, Navy Department, Washington D.C. for Naval Aviation Cadets. (The film was later re-made after the war, with the graphics updates to reflect more modern aircraft.) Each section of the film deals with a type of ice and its ramifications for aircraft. The film features flight...
Topics: Walt Disney, US Navy, Ice Formation, WWII, Animated Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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"Camouflage", is one of a series of animated movies made by the Walt Disney Co. in support of the U.S. war effort.  Between 1942 and 1945, during World War II, Walt Disney was involved in the production of many propaganda films for the US government, some featuring well-known Disney characters including Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. The widespread familiarity of Walt Disney's productions benefited the US government in producing support for the war.    In "Camouflage", the...
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“This is an Official Film. Its showing is limited to those persons authorized to attend War Department theaters under Army Regulations 210-390 July 10, 1942.” With that, this black-and-white film —“The War: A Current Information Film for the Armed Services #10” — begins as a medley of “The Army Goes Rolling Along,” “The US Air Force Song,” and “Anchors Away” play with the opening credits. Produced by the War Department, the Army Service Forces Special Service Division,...
Topics: War Bulletin, War Dogs, Stock Footage, 1942, USAF, US Air Force, War Department
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This “restricted” United States War Department Film, produced by the US Army Signal Corps, is “one of a series of war film communiques released by the War Department for showing to men and women workers in America’s industrial arsenals. Photographed by army cameramen, the scenes you are about to see are the war as it is.” So begins this film, made in late 1943, which at mark  00:48  takes us to a reassembly and automotive service yard in the Mediterranean Sea, one of the many...
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