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Ric Gillespie

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New online resource
« on: January 21, 2023, 11:41:27 AM »

We have just become aware of a great new FREE online resource for historic newsreel films.  The Sherman Grinberg Collection is the archive for Paramount and Pathe newsreels.
"The Film Library has more than 20 million feet of classic 35mm B&W film with content dating mostly from 1895 to 1957, just before the television era began. The archive includes the historic Paramount Newsreels, first called Eyes of the World (silent era) and later Eyes and Ears of the World (the “talkies”). It also includes the entire American Pathé newsreel library, which is America’s oldest collection (1895-1956), the Industry on Parade series, Allied Artist Scenic stock footage, and over 3,500 mid-century television and movie theater commercials."

The archive is easy to use.  Go to the homepage and click on “Browse Collection”.  To get, for example, newsreels about Amelia Earhart, type “Amelia Earhart” (with quotation marks) in the search box at upper right.  Hit “enter ”or “return” and you’ll see 70 clips, 25 to a page. Hover over a clip and you’ll see a summary of what it contains.  If you click on the four little boxes at the upper right of the page and select “table view”, you’ll get the clips with the summary information presented as a table.
In either format, click on the clip and it will play in a separate window.  The clips are watermarked and free to view for research or general interest purposes.  For a fee, the archive will license clips for commercial use.

In our intial browsing of the Earhart collection, we’ve discovered there are far more films and interviews than we knew existed and we’ve already come across new information. Clip Negative #6107, includes film taken aboard the Electra in flight on March 1, 1937, sixteen days before the first world flight attempt. Earhart is seen in the cockpit and Harry Manning is seen taking observations through the window in the navigator’s station. Although much was made at the time of the “bamboo pole” system for passing notes between the Electra’s navigator’s station and the cockpit, at the end of the clip Manning is speaking into, and listening to, what is obviously a speaking tube. Speaking tubes for communicating between crew stations were common, but there was never any mention of a speaking tube in NR16020.

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Re: New online resource
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2023, 09:17:38 AM »

I remember seeing this or a similar newsreel archive a few years ago that had many Earhart clips. Many were outtakes or raw footage, particularly interesting as they show her preparing to be filmed.

The speaking tube is interesting -- shows there is still new (to us) knowledge out there to be found. Perhaps they were trying it out that day, and didn't use it because the cabin noise level was too high to hear using it. "Truly punishing" were Ric's words to describe it.

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