U-boats in action (Kretchmer) footage from November 1940
Arranging a Buffet Supper is a straightforward, step by step 1940's film on how a traditional American housewife can prepare a sumptuous meal for a large number of guests. As the film will tell the viewer, hosting a buffet supper for friends is not an easy feat, and a task that requires a great deal of organization. A dinner party begins with the invitation of guests, which can be made by telephone. Then the décor must be considered. A clean linen tablecloth is needed for the table and a small dish of fruit will make a good centerpiece. Some less common sense rules are also revealed. For instance, if candles are not to be the main lighting in the room, they should not be used as a centerpiece.
Oozing domesticity and traditional social conformity, every last detail is accounted for with the utmost consideration. The main entrée should be put in a pan and set on the table. The entrée should not require the use of a knife since the guest will not be seated at a table. All foods should be informal. Rolls should be buttered in the kitchen before being served, and kept warm under a napkin until guests can eat them. The entire meal should be on the table with the exception of the drinks, which should go on a separate table. The dinner etiquette is strictly defined. Not just a useful manual for hosting a traditional dinner party, Arranging a Buffet Supper is also an absorbing glimpse of 1940's social norms and family social values.
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Anyone At All! is a fantastic scary safety film from the 1940s. After getting through some car accident statistics, the film really gets going. A bunch of teenagers are having a surprise party for their beloved friend Larry. But as the kids keep waiting and waiting (while demonstrating reckless behavior!), Larry never shows because he's been in a fatal car accident. Larry's friends go on a crusade for teen driving accidents safety, responsible driving, and general goodness. Included are great scenes of post World War II American goody goodies working for the school paper and organizing cheesy parades, all in the name of stopping bad car accidents. But the film takes a turn after this, forgetting Larry's positive friends and their activities, and going more with scare tactics. Next the movie focuses on people who've become handicapped from car accident injury. People in wheelchairs, people who have been blinded, all are present and absolutely ranting about the dangers of automobiles and auto safety. After the community pulls together for driving safety and to prevent road traffic accidents, Anyone At All! closes with the words of the unfortunately injured, culminating in a haunting view of a shadowy, empty wheelchair. Anyone At All! is the perfect vintage safety film, with goofy fun thanks to dated behavior, plus a strong and still currently relevant message about auto safety and safe driving tips.
This film is from the safe driving genre (some fun educational videos), but it has many extras in it that make it a cut above average. Famous actor Jimmy Stewart narrates, introducing four unrelated people who are going to be filmed for one day. Stewart informs the audience that by the end one of them will die in a car accident. They each drive different cars or have different car safety features, any of which could lead to bad car accidents: one drives a hotrod, one has faulty brakes. The suspense is heightened effectively by knowing ahead of time that only one group will die, and guessing at which one. A fine example of 1940's melodrama, And Then There Were Four explores safe driving topics as well as the risk factors of driving. Of the many Jimmy Stewart narrations, this film about unsafe car dangers is highly entertaining.
South Dakota Saga is a Jam Handy promotional video shows and explains all the processes of the Homestake Gold Mining Company, based out of the Black Hills of South Dakota. A map of the state uses colored lights to point out where the different Black Hills gold mines and other gold mines of South Carolina are, along with the route of General Custer on his 1874 campaign through the state. The film paints an amusingly sunny picture of work conditions and the job satisfaction of the gold miners, "Happiness abounds and why not? They are happy, happy in the service of a company of which they are a part. Secure in the knowledge of constant stable employment.” Gold mining methods are examined in detail: black gold hills panning, dredging, using gold mining supplies and gold mining equipment. How to refine gold ore from concentrates also is explored. Gold ore processing, by using gold mining tools, is a major part of this gold mining video. South Dakota Saga is a shiny nugget of gold mining history that not only explains mining techniques but also reveals the life of a gold miner in the 1940s.
Redwood Saga examines the history of the logging industry as it pertains to the beautiful California redwood forest. The film includes breathtaking footage of these lush landscapes in the 1940s, where trees spanned upwards 350 feet in the air. But this is not a nature appreciation film, because the next thing seen after the beautiful redwood forest footage is the measuring and preproduction process used to transform the beautiful trees into wood products! Axe wielding workers take pride in scaffolding the giant trees and cutting them down. The many steps of the lumber production process are documented, from chopping to moving to manufacturing the end product: specialty wood products like furniture for American homes. Included is tons of interesting information about the logging industry: images of forestry equipment and forestry supplies, such as booms, donkey engines, and flatcars are filmed, and the millponds where the lumber is stored is shown in great detail. As the narrator says, “The Redwood trees of California are probably the oldest living trees,” making this film a valuable historical documentation of logging in the redwood forest, an industry now clouded with environmental concern.
This 1940 film discusses how to avoid the spread of disease and ill-health by taking better care of the body, keeping water supplies clean, exercising, and eating a healthy diet. This film does use typical scare tactics to get people to think about their personal care habits. It also mentions sewage disposal, vaccines, and staying away from people who are sick as ways to promote health.
A fascinating piece of the history of gardening, this Encyclopedia Britannica produced film from the 1940s introduces children to the art of gardening. Included is priceless footage of cute kids gardening with children's garden tools. The film discusses every part of preparing, planting, maintaining, and harvesting from a vegetable garden. As interesting as it is to see what the pervasive opinions on gardening were in the 1940’s, the film also includes information on the types of soil needed for vegetable gardening, as well as gardening supplies and gardening tips. Really, knowing how to plant a garden hasn’t changed too much in the last few decades. The little children in the film get to explore weeding, planting, and how to manage garden pest control. With beautiful shots of vegetable garden layouts, this is a fun film that illuminates gardening history.
An amazing vintage film that illuminates the history of communications, Telephone and Telegraph is a phenomenal historical experience. As the film reveals, telegraph jobs were similar to those in the growing telecommunications field of the 1940s. There is stock footage of a late 19th century Western Union office and a Bell telephone, as well as a lot of great video of analog equipment. Most interestingly, the film also reveals the gender roles of the era when it divides the available telecommunications jobs up by sex, saying that some jobs just weren’t open to "girls." Men were encouraged to get a college degree, which would help them in their careers as engineers, couriers, executives, installers and others. Women, on the other hand, are told that they could work as operators, clerks, or secretaries. This vintage film illuminates the history of telecommunications like no other!
This 1940’s vocational film explores the ever important field of nursing. Choosing a nursing school, what qualifications the school requires, state licensing examinations, choosing a specialty, private nursing, and public health nursing are all examined in detail. Many fascinating scenes showing women training in laboratories, practicing on each other, treating patients, and taking tests are shown. The film comments that men can be nurses too, but are generally employed by psychiatric hospitals and heavy industries. Overall, this film illuminates what nursing was like in the 1940s in an engaging manner.
The 12th of January was the first day of real action for F19. To get an idea of the situation the unit commander flew a recce mission to Kemijärvi-Salla area. After the mission orders were given to harass the road traffic. At 9.00 hrs nine Gladiators took off from Kemi and flew to OSCAR base at Olkkajärvi in order to refuel for a support mission. Because of the extremely cold weather only four Gladiators started at OSCAR with four Harts at 12.50 hrs. The Swedish pilots wore face masks because of the cold breeze on their first war mission.
The group found enemy road traffic west of Märkjärvi. The Harts attacked using bombs and the Gladiators strafed the cars with effective results. From Märkjärvi the formation headed to a Soviet air base, which woke up immediately, when the Swedish aircraft showed above the base. Fighters scrambled from the ice base and AAA started to shoot. Lt. Sterner and ensign Jung hit the barracks and the HQ building with their fire. Ensign Mörner hit a fighter taking off from the ice. Also another fighter was destroyed on the ice. Ensign Iacobi shot down an I-15 off the tail of his buddy.
But there was a high price to be paid for the success; after the attack Sterner's and Jung's Harts collided in the air probably because of a shot steering wire. Jung's Hart lost an engine and fell to the ground tail first. In the other Hart Jung commanded several times his navigator, Lt. Zachau to parachute, but he couldn't escape from his position. Sterner was saved by his parachute. Also Jung's navigator, Sgt. Sunsten couldn't escape from his position. At 500 m (1.700 ft) altitude Jung parachuted out. The Hart continued its dive tail first, straightened at 50 m (170 ft) and fell to the woods in normal position. Sgt. Sunsten climbed out unharmed while the enemy fighters strafed the Hart.
The other aircraft spread and ensign Fänström's Hart strayed away from them. While he was flying south three enemy fighters attacked and Fänström dived down to the treetops. At 50 m (170 ft) he got engine trouble and had to land on a frozen swamp. The wing spars had been shot so that he had been in the risk of losing his upper wing. Fänström and navigator Hanson escaped to the woods while the enemy fighters strafed their aircraft. After a while they returned to their aircraft, took their survival skis and headed back to the Finnish lines. A Finnish patrol found Sunsten a week later. Sterner and Jung were captured by the Soviets. Zachau had died in the aircraft. The attack had been a success, but the price was high - three of the four bombers (75%) had been lost during the first mission. The fighters were still intact.
The Swedish volunteer unit, F19 operated in northern Finland for 62 days during the Winter War. The Finnish and Swedish pilots had made several squadron visits between the two countries prior to the war so there were already very good ties between the air forces.
With the money that was collected in Sweden Gloster Gladiator Mk.II (J.8A) and Hawker Hart (B.4) aircraft were bought. The latter ones were license-manufactured in Sweden (ASJA and CVM). The Gladiators were built in Britain during 1937-38. An old Raab-Kazenstein 26 (Sk.10) trainer was acquired as a liaison aircraft and Junkers F.13 as a transport plane.
Swedes had already ordered more modern aircraft from the USA and they were partly on their way to Sweden - 120 Republic EP-106s, which were the export version of the Seversky P-35. Only 60 of the ordered aircraft arrived in Sweden and they were designated J.9.
The project to assist Finland with a Swedish unit progressed: Capt. Bjuggren (later the executive officer for F19) traveled to Finland on the 13th of December 1939. He flew in a Junkers Ju-52 transport plane to Turku (Åbo). The Junkers was loaded full with the ammunition for the fighters. A government car took Bjuggren from Turku to Helsinki for discussions with the Finnish Air Force HQ. Talks progressed so that already on the 15th of December it was decided that the Swedes would take part in the Winter War.
On the afternoon of the 15th Bjuggren met the Commander-in-Chief of the Finnish defence forces, Marshall Mannerheim and Mannerheim suggested that the Swedish unit would operate in northern Finland where there were too few Finnish units. It was decided that the Swedish troops would be ready for operations on the 10th of January 1940. The flying units would support the Swedish-Norwegian volunteers on the ground in their operating area.
After Capt. Bjuggren returned to Sweden things developed fast. The new volunteer unit was formed already on the 19th of December. Major Hugo Beckhammar was selected to be the commander of the unit. Capt. Björn Bjuggren was the executive officer and the commander's aide was Lt. Gregor Falk. Major Beckhammar gave his first orders to the new Flygregemente 101 unit on the 22nd of December.
On the 25th of December Lt. Swartz and ensign Rissler traveled as base officers to meet Gen. Wallenius to discuss the basing issues. They contacted Hamilton, whom the Finns had already sent to northern Finland to prepare the arrival of the Swedish squadron. Three days later the squadron commander and his staff traveled to Finland. The rest of the personnel traveled on the next day
The pilots were waiting at Barkaby with the aircraft, which received green camouflage paint and a large yellow identification letter on the rudder. The engines were checked, radios adjusted and the machine guns aligned.
On the last day of December Capt. Bjuggren traveled again to Finland to get the final orders. He visited the Finnish LLv 10 (Squadron 10) on the 2nd of January 1940. The squadron flew Fokker C.X dive bombers and Capt. Bjuggren wanted to study the tactics before he returned to northern Finland.
The ground personnel arrived in the Kemi area in early January. Kemi became the main base for the squadron. The first air raid alert was on the 3rd of January and gave foretaste for the Swedish unit of what they were about to experience - this was no exercise.