Monthly Archives: September 2013

Project Blue Book: Spotting UFOs in the Film Record

This week, we’ll be taking a look at Project Blue Book, via the National Archives’ film holdings. Project Blue Book was not the United States Air Force’s first investigation into the reports of unidentified flying objects. It wasn’t even the … Continue reading

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Images of the Week: Washington, DC Roads

This week I’m posting photographs from the Bureau of Public Roads and its successor the Federal Highway Administration.  These images relate to the Washington, D.C. area and are just a few examples of what can be found in the series … Continue reading

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The Sailor and the Seagull: FMPU Veterans Animate Re-Enlistment Efforts

For the last two weeks, we have been sharing films of the First Motion Picture Unit. This week, we’ll take a look at an animated film produced for the Navy by former members of the FMPU. This post was written … Continue reading

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Images of the Week (9/20/2013)

The two photographs posted this week come from the series “Photographic File of the Paris Bureau of the New York Times, ca. 1900 – ca. 1950″ (306-NT). I guess you can say the theme this week is historic golf courses. … Continue reading

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A WWII Training Film in Action: Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter

As a follow-up to last week’s post on the Army Air Force’s First Motion Picture Unit (FMPU), this week I am focusing on a title that is arguably the most significant training film produced by the unit. Considered as a … Continue reading

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Images of the Week: Airscapes

Photographs posted this week come from one of my favorite series, “Airscapes” of American and Foreign Areas, 1917 – 1964″ (18-AA). Click on the images below to view higher resolution versions. Local Identifier: 18-AA-138-5. Washington, D.C. – Keystone Bombardment airplanes … Continue reading

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The U.S. Military Goes Hollywood: Behind the Scenes with the First Motion Picture Unit

I have to admit, I didn’t know about the U.S. Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit until 2007, when the Motion Picture Preservation Lab was tasked with making theater prints for a special program at the Pacific Film Archive. … Continue reading

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From Top Secret Vault to Open Stacks: Declassification of Moving Images

Have you ever wondered how moving images and sound recordings get declassified? The process isn’t as simple as you might think. Because our records are media based – film, video or audio – the review process takes a few extra … Continue reading

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