PAN AM AIRLINES WINGS TO ALASKA 1965 TRAVELOGUE MOVIE 60164



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This 1965 color film about Alaska is one of a series of Pan Am Airlines “Wings to” travelogues. It is produced by Henry Strauss Productions, who made many educational and corporate films. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator and the opening credits (:06-:50), followed by a montage of sights shown later in the film (:51-2:44). A Pan American Jet Clipper leaves Seattle for Alaska (2:45-3:08). A map of Alaska is shown (3:09-3:48). The Jet Clipper taxis and the passengers disembark down the jet bridge (3:49-4:08). The sun is shown never setting at various hours in mid-summer (4:20-4:42). The spring breakup of ice begins (4:45-5:18). A dog team pulls an Eskimo sled to the sea as the men get in a boat to hunt seals, whales, and white bears (5:27-6:29). Skins hang on the side of a house (6:59). The village celebrates in dance, song, and playing kilauts when a whale is caught. The festivities include a blanket toss (7:05-8:05). Totems of the Ketchikan Indians are shown (8:06-8:50). St. Michael’s Cathedral in Sitka is an Orthodox Church built in 1848 (8:51-9:07). New totems are built and painted (9:08-9:27). Children learn to perform the traditional dances in native costumes (9:28-10:08). Scenes of 1960s stores and houses are shown (10:13-10:54). Children participate in a sack race, swim, and eat at a festival on the Yukon beach (10:55-11:20). Men fish for salmon. The trawlers bring in a variety of fish to sell before leaving the dock (11:30-13:35). Some areas of Alaska are used for farming vegetables (13:47-14:00). Beautiful flowers bloom (14:03-14:14). The water is full of logs ready to be processed at the saw mill (14:32-15:00). A dredger digs for gold (15:01-15:19). Sternwheelers originally brought gold prospectors from San Francisco (15:20-16:20). Cancan dancers and piano players in vintage costumes perform in bars and restaurants (16:25-17:08). The stores in Juneau are shown (17:10-17:50). An airboat is used for transportation (17:52-19:00). Tourists take a steam train through the wilderness over the mountain pass where gold prospectors tried to cross (10:01-20:15). Cruise ships pass through calm waters and out to icebergs and glaciers (20:16-22:24). A helicopter is used to study the glaciers and to drop off skiers (22:26-23:18). What looks like a Grunman G-21A “Goose” takes off (23:20-23:30). Alaska is shown from a bush pilot’s view, spotting a dog team and a polar bear and cub below (23:40-25:00). Eskimos young and old are shown greeting the plane (25:01-25:50). Various people are shown fishing from shore (25:55-26:23). Various shots of Alaska scenery close the film (26:25-27:00).

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HOME MOVIE 1940s TRIP TO BISBEE & PHOENIX ARIZONA 61484



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This silent 16mm home movie shot in the 1940s starts with images of the Copper Queen Mine in Bisbee, Arizona at :29. You will also see images of the town of Bisbee including the Copper Queen Hotel at :41. At 1:31, the film appears to show the road to Douglas, Arizona with its gigantic copper smelter. The smokestack can be seen at 2:20. At 2:27 are leeching ponds for copper substrates. At 2:59, the filmmaker takes a drive up into the hills of Bisbee to a scenic outlook, and shoots the Lavender Pit. At 4:17 some of the mine’s apparatus is shown including hoists. At 6:00 a cattle ranch is seen. At 7:50, part of Central Avenue in Phoenix is shown, with a couple of churches including the First Church of Christ at 9:00. At 9:13 the Westward Ho Hotel is seen. At 9:20 a rodeo is shown. At 11:40 a citrus grove is seen with a tractor being run to till the soil. At 12:20 a cactus forest is seen in the desert. At 12:41 a sign for the Apache Trail is seen. The Apache Trail in Arizona was a stagecoach trail that ran through the Superstition Mountains. It was named the Apache Trail after the Apache Indians who originally used this trail to move through the Superstition Mountains.

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AMERICAN AIRLINES 1970s STATE OF ARIZONA TOURISM PROMOTIONAL MOVIE 51344



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There is no voice-over in this colorful look at various aspects of Arizona life, sponsored by American Airlines. The footage extends from the mid-1960s to the early-1970s, presented in internal segments while instrumental music plays. A cowgirl on a galloping white horse (:18) segues into a 1970 Corvette Convertible (:38) driving through the desert on Route 88, the Apache Trail, and past the Superstition Mountains (:44). The fun moves to a speed boat (:58) pulling a water skier. The camera shifts its view to the Red Rock State Park (1:23) where a cowboy on horseback leads cattle (1:40) up a slope. On the famous movie location Old Tucson, the sheriff kicks two men out of the saloon, resulting in a shootout in which the good guy wins (1:54-2:43). The shift is to the Sky Harbor Municipal Airport in Phoenix, where an American Airlines Astrojet B727 taxis, which came on the scene in 1973 (2:43-2:56). Back in the car, we drive up close to Gammage Auditorium (3:16) in Tempe, one of the Frank Lloyd Wright sites. A woman rides a Honda C50 Step-Thru Super Cub (3:52) past The Heard Museum in Phoenix (3:56). Arizona is also known for golfing (4:14-4:34) following by outdoor evening dining.
A flock of sheep struggle downhill through the red sand to reach water (5:27-6:02), driven by cowboys on horseback. Riders stop to eat as pancakes sizzle on a campfire grill and homemade biscuits brown up in a cast iron pot (6:04-6:25). A group fishes out on the lake (6:29) while swimmers enjoy the pool, including women dressed in bikini styles popular in 1964 (6:35-7:59). A man and a woman bird watch (8:00) as children saddle up for a horseback ride through the Grand Canyon (8:12-9:12). A bird’s eye view of the Hoover Dam shown how great the span is over the Colorado River. On the border between Arizona and Nevada, Hoover Dam provides powers to both states plus California (9:14-9:29). Water skiers make a splash (9:33) as an artist sits painting the scenery (9:47). A 1967 Chevy Bel Air (10:27) pulls up to mansion. The church bells of Mission San Xavier del Bac in Tucson call people to worship (10:50-11:20).
The scene shifts to the Crystal Palace in Tombstone (11:23-12:14), followed by actual tombstones. The greyhound races provide a sharp contrast (12:23. In the 1970s, Arizona had more than five of these racetracks. A reverse montage of places we’ve already seen begins as 12:23, eventually closing back on the sun and sky (13:44).

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GOODYEAR AIRCRAFT IN WORLD WAR II K-CLASS BLIMP BARRAGE BALLOONS TIRES 54704



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This circa 1942 Goodyear Aircraft black-and-white newsreel opens cold with footage of a US Navy K-class blimp (K-3) emerging from a hanger for a trial flight as the narrator explains how the airship is meant to patrol coastlines as a watchful eye against enemy attack. The airship heads skyward near mark 01:00 as naval and Goodyear personnel watch and the narrator explains how it can be used to look for “any enemy that menaces our shipping or our men of war.” The narrator goes on to describe the airship as “distinctively Goodyear” as the naval vessel maneuvers past a Goodyear blimp at mark 01:30. At this point the building of a bomber and airplane plant in Goodyear, Arizona is seen. Goodyear was established in 1917 with the purchase of 16,000 acres (65 km2) of land by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company to cultivate cotton for vehicle tire threads. World War II was important to Goodyear in the 1940s as the current Phoenix Goodyear Airport was built, but after the war, the economy suffered. Goodyear became a town on November 19, 1946. At the time, it had 151 homes and 250 apartments, a grocery store, a barber shop, beauty shop and a gas station. At mark 02:50 we see footage titled “Building Barrage Balloons” and are taken to a Goodyear facility in Akron, Ohio, where they are made, and at mark 03:39 visit the “Goodyear Coal Mine” in Cadiz, Ohio. After following the coal mining process, the film continues with “The Dixie Plant” at mark 06:46 where employees enjoy some fishing in an employee-made lake and golfing on an employee-made green until mark 08:20 when we learn about “Balloon Houses” — as a Goodyear balloon form is used to create a house in Washington, DC. These were actually designed by the architect Wallace Neff. Mark 09:15 recalls an “Army-Navy Visit” with top brass from both ranches of the military speaking to employees about the war effort. A “New War Tire” — one made with reclaimed rubber — is introduced come mark 10:48 followed quickly by a look at the company’s 1941 Christmas Party starting at mark 11:20. Admiral Towers, chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics is seen at 10 minutes. The spliced film ends abruptly and features another opening at mark 11:48 with a look at rubber collection from Pacific locations and at some of the experiments to create synthetic alternatives. Rubber in national defense is seen — tank treads are seen at 17:00, gas masks production is seen at 17:00, and so on.

Incidentally, Wallace Neff’s first bubble house was built in Falls Church, Va., where it was used as housing for defense workers and other people displaced by the war. The following year, it was used as company housing for the Goodyear Rubber Co. — which manufactured the giant balloon used in the construction process — in Litchfield, Ariz. Neff also built similar houses in Mexico, Africa, South America and the Middle East.

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