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World tensions after World War II. The Baruch Plan. The Berlin Airlift. The Korean War. The Cold War.

Speaking before United Nations Atomic Energy Commission (UNAEC) in its first meeting in June 1946, Bernard Baruch proposes international control of all atomic energy -- the so-called Baruch Plan. Low level aerial view of ruined post World War 2 European city. Goods including heavy equipment, locomotives, being loaded aboard ships to aid in the postwar recovery of Europe (The Marshall Plan). Workers in Western Europe making use of Marshall Plan materials to rebuild their national infrastructures. West European farmers restoring agriculture. View from overflying light airplane of parts of postwar Berlin in 1948. Blocked roads and empty railroad tracks leading from East Germany to West Germany, blocked by the Soviet Union. Barge traffic at standstill due to Soviet actions. U.S. C-54 transport aircraft flying supplies into West Berlin (The Berlin Airlift) during the Soviet blockade of that city. West Berliners watching U.S. transport aircraft bringing fuel, food and other essentials into the isolated city. A C-54 flying low over empty railroad lines, as it prepares to land in West Berlin. Supplies offloaded from a DC-3 ( AKA C-47 or British Dakota) equipped with unusual set of rear cargo doors. Supplies being moved on Tegel Airport with many C-54 aircraft in the background. Numerous C-47 aircraft operating at Tempelhof airdrome. An East German official opening a barricade as Soviet blockade of West Berlin ends on May 12, 1949, and supply trucks begin to move over roads again. Flags of Western nations flying on high flagpoles. Glimpse of Allied warships underway during World War 2. Formation of P-38 Lightning aircraft in flight overhead. NATO troops marching and NATO armor on parade. Flashes of heavy artillery firing at night. Korean refugees moving South in 1950 with the outbreak of the Korean War. View of UN Security Council meeting in the absence of Soviet representative. U.S. tanks firing guns and American infantrymen in conflict with North Korea in Korean War. American wounded on stretchers.

Date: 1967
Duration: 5 min 12 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Renewed tourism in Western Europe five years after World War II

Transworld Airways Lockheed Constellation airliner arriving from New York City and Shannon,Ireland. It taxis to parking ramp at Orly Airport, Paris, France. Closeup of another airliner shutting down on the ramp. Passengers walk across the ramp and under the tail of an Air France plane, on their way to the terminal building. They are greeted by a band of men in red huntsmen uniforms playing hunting horns. A railroad train in a picturesque setting. Patrons relaxing on a cafe terrace, at an Italian train station, as an electrified train pulls in. An excursion boat draws near to Chillon Castle On Lake Geneva Switzerland. More views of the castle, from its footpath. Ancient Greek ruins near the Mediterranean Sea. Saint Mark’s Basilica on St. Mark’s Square in the city of Venice, Italy. Many visitors walking in the square, and a flock of pigeons taking flight. The Palace of Versailles, viewed from behind statues in the garden. Chartes Cathedral, Chartres, France. St Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy. Views of Copenhagen, Denmark, including the Little Mermaid statue. A man rowing a boat on a lake in the Alps Mountains. Snow-covered mountains. Trains running in the mountains. Border guards of Italy and Switzerland on their respective sides of their mutual border at a train station. A train transiting the border. A volkswagen car and other vehicles being processed at a German border crossing.

Date: 1950
Duration: 3 min 14 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
People face a drought, factories are closed and black marketeers sell food after post-war period in Europe.

A documentary depicts life of people in the post-war ( World War II) times in Europe. Animated map of Western Europe. Ruins and debris of buildings damaged during the war. Two women walk past rubble. The damaged buildings. People cross a damaged bridge. A man at work during the construction of a bridge. Men make boats. Smoke comes out from a factory. A man in the factory makes a part of a machinery. Another man paints a machine part. A man fixing a machine part. Men at work in the factory. A man uses different equipment. A man and a woman eat food. A farmer ploughs a field with the help of horses. Boats in a harbor. Fishermen at a dock. A fisherman detangles a fishing net. People buy food from shops. They walk on a street. European people wait in a line for food because of drought. Food kept in a shelf. A coal factory. A steam locomotive moves on tracks. Coal miners dig out coal from a mine. The miners at work in the mine. A close up of a man digging coal. People walk in a line to get coal. A man distributes equal amounts of coal to the people. A power plant. A man operates controls. Different machines at work. A view of a city. People walk in a street. Men and women enter a food shop A woman feeds hens. A farmer sells his live stock. People in a city purchase food in black market. A woman buying food from a black marketeer. Women picking olives. A woman enters a shop and speaks to a man. A freight car moves on tracks. A freight car factory in Belgium. Men at work in the factory. A man checks the wheels of a freight car. The factory. Freight cars roll down. No men at work in the factory. A man sitting on a wall collects cigarette butts. Weavers in Holland dig a pitch.

Date: 1950
Duration: 5 min 56 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Transportation progress in Europe during the nineteenth century and into middle of 20th century after World War 2.

A model Relief map of Western Europe, with country borders marked in red. Animals used in rural areas. Italian farmers transporting milk cans and other things by donkey. A farm wagon being pulled by a horse. Road through the Simplon Pass, in Switzerland (constructed by Napoleon to transport artillery between the Rhône valley and Italy). Views of the mountainous area. Sketch of early English steam railroad train and of others in other countries, embraced enthusiastically by the local citizenry . Illustrations recording construction of the Britannia bridge across the Menai Strait between the island of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales. (It opened March 5, 1850.) Relief map of Europe focuses on Basle (Basel)in Northwest Switzerland. A modern-day signpost showing directions to France, Germany, and Switzerland. Freight trains arriving and cargoes being transferred by cranes of the Canal Barge operating company, Schweizerische Reederei. View of open storage yards, rail lines and a river. Freight trains carrying various loads to many different European destinations. Wrecked transport facilities left from World War II.

Date: 1950
Duration: 4 min 10 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
American Cities in the 1950s

Americans listen to a chamber string quartet playing music on stage. Vintage views of various famous American cities in the 1950s. Sweeping wide views of American wilderness with mountains in distant background. Elevated view of a river in America. A railroad marshaling yard with skyline of Chicago Illinois in the distance. Close view of two railroad trains passing in opposite directions in downtown Chicago with skyscraper in background. A city street in downtown Detroit Michigan with 1950s cars on the road. View of the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis Minnesota and the city skyline in background. View of Saint Paul Minnesota with river, bridge, and some nearby factories. View of Saint Louis Missouri as seen from an anchored position on the Mississippi River. The city skyline of New Orleans from a distance. View of Pittsburgh skyline with the West End Bridge over the Ohio River in the foreground. People walk on the grounds of Liberty Island in New York, with the Statue of Liberty seen towering above. Aerial view of New York city's skyline, skyscrapers and New York harbor. Camera view panning from ground to top of Empire State Building in Manhattan. Aerial view of Washington DC and Potomac River. Ground view of Jefferson Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol seen together. Steps of Lincoln Memorial and view of statue of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln inside the memorial. An eastern American mountain view, witha lake or river in the foreground. View of Half Dome peak in Yosemite National Park seen from a moving vehicle. Elevated view of a dense forest in the western United States. Pacific coast scene of surf washing onto rocks in a rocky area with nearby cliffs and mountains.

Date: 1953
Duration: 2 min 51 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Communist rallies in Paris and east Berlin Germany for May Day, and simulated communist takeover in Mosinee Wisconsin

A "communist menace" in Europe (early during Cold War). The Local Communist Party demonstrates in Paris. A banner of Frederic Joliot Curie. Joliot Curie participates in the protest. Scene changes to Berlin. In Soviet sector, east German crowd marches in May Day parade celebrating Soviet leaders in the invisible line divided east and west Berlin (before Berlin Wall erected). View of crowd on other side in west Berlin staging its own demonstration against the Soviets and against a divided Germany. Civilians throw stones across the "line" and the police control them. Men form human chains to protest. Scene changes to community in Wisconsin where the effect of a Communist fifth column takeover is dramatized and recorded on film: The police put the protesters behind bars in Mosinee, Wisconsin. A Communists stop the operation of the free press and put the editor in jail. The Red Star newspaper headlines: 'Official Soviet Proclamation'. A sign: U.S. Post Office, Mosinee. Propaganda posters and banners of Soviet Union are posted. USSA price tag on a bicycle. The Soviet flag raised in the community. Soup line and blankets are distributed to the workers to the 24 hour Communism "experiment" in Mosinee Wisconsin.

Date: 1950, May 4
Duration: 3 min 2 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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