British Diesel Locomotives in Action

Thanks to Ella’s Archives for posting this. This promotional film was produced in 1959 to educate the general public about the development of diesel, electric and steam engines in Britain. The film features many examples of motive power, both in England as well as locomotives exported to foreign countries, and includes scenes of the “Deltic”…

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The Glenn Miller Band Honors US Troops

In honor of International Armistice Day, celebrated in the US as Veteran’s Day, I thought I’d post a little Glenn Miller Band. Glenn Miller was an American bandleader, trombonist, composer and arranger, who left his mark on jazz during the swing era. His band entertained US troops in Europe during the war. The Glenn Miller…

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Steam locomotives: Power to Order

Building a new steam engine at the Doncaster works in 1941.

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College Girl Fashion in color – 1944

Via Glamour Daze A charming vintage fashion film in colour from 1944-1946. Featuring the students of San Francisco College for Girls, now the University of San Francisco, USCFA. Showing student fashions and hairstyles of young women at the end of World War Two. With credit to Skip Eisenheimer and all at AVGeeks. Be sure to…

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The Memphis Belle in Color (1944)

Memphis Belle is the nickname of a Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress during the Second World War that inspired the making of two motion pictures: a 1944 documentary film, Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress, and a 1990 Hollywood feature film, Memphis Belle. The aircraft was one of the first B-17 United States Army…

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Documentary: The Airships – Lift Off

Because I do love me some airships. This doc features some cheesy computer generated airships in flight, but does have a lot of original footage and is interesting enough to watch.

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Wilhelm Reich and the Theory of Orgone Energy

File this under “stuff THEY don’t want you to know”… I’ve recently become fascinated by all kinds of pesuedoscience, and read up extensively on Orgone Energy, one of the many forms of mystical “LifeForce-like” energies described by gurus and quacks alike throughout the history of mankind. Here’s a great documentary looking into the “science’ of…

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How it Happened – The Terrible Pandemic of 1918

The influenza or flu pandemic of 1918 to 1919, the deadliest in modern history, infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide–about one-third of the planet’s population at the time–and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims. More than 25 percent of the U.S. population became sick, and some 675,000 Americans died during the…

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Westinghouse – A Full Feature Documentary

Every day for five years I would stand at Newark Broad Street station in front of the big brick abandoned Westinghouse factory there and wonder what marvels had come out of it. Probably just washing machines, but still they are marvels. That building was demolished, and had been heaped into a pile I called Mount…

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Vintage Video: A day in the life of a rookie B-29 Flight Engineer

Another video for all you my old aircraft enthusiast friends. The Flight Engineer was responsible for everything from an extensive per-flight check, through managing engines and other critical systems in flight to ensuring that all necessary repairs and maintenance were preformed after landing. All aspects of an Engineer’s role are shown in detail in a…

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