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U.S. President Eisenhower briefs press about his 2 1/2 week trip to nine countries during a press conference in Washington DC

U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower's 175th press conference in Washington DC, United States. Several correspondents from different nations arrive for the President's 175th press conference. Men prepare cameras mounted on tripod stands at the back of a hall. President Eisenhower with an official walks past the newsmen seated in the hall. The President makes an announcement of his two and a half weeks' trip starting from December 4, 1959. The newsmen taking notes. The President says that he would be visiting nine countries and would be making brief informal visits to Rome, Ankara, Karachi, Kabul and would be in New Delhi for the inauguration of the American Exhibit at the World Agricultural Fair on December 11. He says he will visit Tehran and Athens on his way to Paris for the Western Summit meeting. He gives details of the 3 main days. December 4 - when they would be developing legislative program for the coming year, December 11 - the beginning of the World Agricultural Fair, and December 19 - when he would be in Paris for a meeting. A newsman asks the President the purpose of this extensive visit. The President states the importance and need of being the first U.S. President to make an extensive visit to a strategic continent like Asia. He expresses his interest in visiting India and millions of people who are struggling to raise their standard of living. He says that he will visit Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and other nations on the way. The President further says that he hopes to build in that region of Asia and in many other parts, a better understanding of the United States. A correspondent asks the President whether Mrs. Eisenhower and his family members would be joining him for the visit. The President says that some of his family members would be joining him but may be not his wife.

Date: 1959, November 4
Duration: 5 min 7 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
King Mohammed Zahir Shah and Prime Minister Daud Khan celebrate Eid in Afghanistan.

Mohammed Zahir Shah, King of Afghanistan leaves his palace with cavalry marching behind him, for the celebration of Eid. King Mohammed Zahir Shah and Prime Minister Daud Khan are welcomed by officials of the Cabinet and Parliament. The King and his Party proceed to the mosque. People gather to recall in their prayers. The Islamic crowd bows down to pray. Soldiers and people pay homage to their king by saluting and raising the flags. After prayer King Zahir Shah leaves in his car for the palace. Afghans embrace each other to mark the celebration of Eid. Children take a ride on a rustic hand-operated ferris wheel.

Date: 1959
Duration: 3 min 47 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Afghani people and children celebrate Eid in Afghanistan.

Children take a ride on a merry-go-round during Eid celebration in Afghanistan. Group of people feast under a walnut tree. Cooks prepare barbecue on live charcoal. Musicians play 'Harmonium' and 'Tabla' . Afghani people dance as onlookers clap and cheer. Afghans take a leisure walk in the park. The Public Works Band in the park plays 'Gaiety in the Air' .

Date: 1959
Duration: 4 min 39 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
The Morrison and Knudsen construction company contracts to build dams in Afghanistan and commences operations

Film opens with camera panning over the rugged, arid regions of Afghanistan. Broad view of the city of Kandahar, where modern buildings are being erected. Street scene in Kandahar shows numerous pedestrians walking along a road. View of new homes and other buildings recently constructed. Scene shifts to agricultural activities and products. Men bring products to market carried on backs of donkeys. A man harvesting some type of crop in a valley farm. Houses in a valley farm. View of a river. View of camels grazing on semiarid land. Executives of Morris and Knudsen construction company are seen in their offices, discussing a contract to build dams and irrigation canals in Afghanistan. Next, are shown stacks of skins from new born Karakul sheep, which earn Afghanistan millions of dollars annually in exports, and would, along with other assets, pay for the project. Morrison and Knudsen engineers are seen working over plans for the project. Potential employees for the project are seen being interviewed. A field engineer is seen receiving his passport as he prepares to fly to Afghanistan. A uniformed officer enters an office building to present the first requisition for supplies to be obtained for the project. A man reads a Radiogram requesting supplies. A purchasing agent begins processing the requests. A woman types necessary requisitions and others work on the requests. A steam locomotive is seen speeding along a railroad, as supplies begin arriving at American seaports for shipment abroad. A freighter loading supplies for trans-shipment to Pakistan. Longshoremen use pikes to roll heavy timbers for loading. Forklifts move heavy crates for loading. A freighter crew loads large wooden crates by means of the ship's cranes. The supplies,including prefabricated structural items are loaded into the ship hold. A sea bird perches on a ship. View of the stern and wake of a ship carrying supplies for the Afghanistan project. View of Karachi, Pakistan (where Morrison and Knudsen maintain an expediting office). Local people walking and riding bicycles. A camel pulls a wagon heavily laden with cargo. Views of cargo being offloaded from a freighter. Men on the dock load cargoes into cars of the Pakistan Northwest Railway. A freight train heading North toward the Afghanistan border. Views from the moving train as it enters a tunnel. Views, from the train, of rural Pakistan.

Date: 1946
Duration: 4 min 6 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
The Refugee situation in Afghanistan.

Correspondent and host Harry Ellis in Washington DC broadcasts a bulletin about the refugee situation in Afghanistan. Soviet aircraft bombs on Afghanistan territory. Soviet helicopter MI-24 flies overhead. Situation in Afghanistan forces its people to leave their country. Afghan refugees camped on land in Pakistan. Doctor checks the Afghan patients. Epitaphs of Afghanis who could not survive. Afghan Refugees work in Pakistan. Afghan laborer breaks stones and another laborer fills grain into containers and then into sacks. Afghan Aid Medical Clinic where volunteer doctors give free treatment to Afghan Refugees. Doctor and nurses attend to the patients. Afghan Refugees camped in Afghanistan. Man watches over a grazing herd of sheep. Young Afghani children at a village school in Afghanistan.

Date: 1985
Duration: 6 min 31 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Views of celebration following a wedding ceremony in rural Afghanistan. Modernizing of Afghanistan

Families heading to celebration following a wedding in rural Afghanistan. Some ride a camel. But most are walking. Next, two men are seen waving kerchiefs as they dance to music provided by musicians in a circle around them. Closeups of musicians, singing and playing instruments. Several play Afghan guitars. Another plays a stringed instrument with a very long neck. View of an old man. The Arch of Triumph in the gardens of Paghman (in the hills near Afghanistan's capital of Kabul). View of the King of Afghanistan, Mohammed Zahir Shah, with an aide. The remainder of the film shows various gardens and architecture in the region.

Date: 1960
Duration: 1 min 9 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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