Mechanical History

Mechanical History

Old classic videos from 1917 and up to 1965.

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Mechanical History
  • Stillman Fires Collection: Tacoma Fire Dept

    Footage of the Tacoma Narrows bridge wobbling and eventually, collapsing.

    from Stillman Fires Collection.

  • Inside Story of Modern Gasoline refining 1946

    Combination animation/live-action film showing how gasoline is refined and used. With striking images of gas stations, auto travel, and automobiles.
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    Describes (in partly animated form: you know, "talking gasoline drops," etc!) the refining of gasoline, it's chemical breakdown, etc; excel...

  • Plane Talk 1965

    Shows the varied forms of communications used by commercial air carriers in confirming reservations, preparing aircraft for flight, monitoring aircraft in flight and maintaining air-to-ground contact. With good imagery of passenger airline operations at the moment when air travel was just becomin...

  • Sailing Along

    Plymouth Division, Chrystler Corporation presents Sailing Along, produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc.

  • Twin Peaks Tunnel Construction and Opening

    San Francisco, California: Twin Peaks trolley tunnel during construction; steam shovels / trucks / Streetcars at opening / construction under the hills

  • ROR - Rocket on Rotor 1955

    Documentary on the installation of rocket engines to rotary blades on helicopters to make them go faster.

  • Automotive Service by Holmes 1940

    Impressions of the different jobs in automotive service and suggestions on training leading to entrance and to advancement in the trade.
    Views of an ancient car, contrasted with scenes on busy streets and highways, illustrate the commentator's statement that with the growth of the automobile ind...

  • Aurora Stunt and Drag Race Set Commercial

    Television commercial for Aurora Stunt and Drag Race toy cars.

  • Autobiography of a Jeep 1943

    Describes the designing of the Jeep to meet military needs of being compact, light weight and maneuverable over rough terrain

  • Amazing History Of The Nazi Haunebu Flying Saucers

    Amazing History Of The Nazi Haunebu Flying Saucers

  • Amazing Inventions Of Da Vinci - A Man Ahead Of His Time - Documentary

    Leonardo da Vinci - Writer, Mathematician, Inventor, Artist (1452–1519) Leonardo da Vinci was a leading artist and intellectual of the Italian Renaissance who's known for his enduring works "The Last Supper" and "Mona Lisa."...“Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold w...

  • First Private Atom Power Plant Opens 1957

    Vallecitos Atomic Electric Power Plant, the first licensed nuclear power plant, opens at Pleasanton, Calif. on November 25, 1957.