The Mystery of the Enigma

This month, the much anticipated movie “The Imitation Game” with Benedict Cumberbatch will be released. The story is about Alan Turing, the British computer scientist who helped crack the Enigma coder during World War II and was instrumental to the defeat of the Germans by decoding their secret messages.

Although the film focuses on the British Bombe an electromechanical device designed by Alan Turing we should not forget that it took a number of scientists to crack one machine, the Enigma.

The  Enigma machines were invented by the German engineer Arthur Scherbius. The German military Enigma machine became a powerful weapon during WWII for all communications. They were used for enciphering and deciphering secret messages. Not all were used for military purposes, although the public interest and curiosity revolves around the military machines which can be found on display in museums around the world.

Framepool has rare footage of the military Enigma used in WWII and also from the film premiere of “The Imitation Game”.

Oscar Awarded Color Footage: Popular Science and other Color Series of the 40s

About 3 years ago I was contacted by Mary Riley about having Framepool represent their Oscar winning collections. We were of course floored!  With 5 Academy Award nominations and 2 Oscar wins, the Theatrical Short Subject Series were produced from 1935 to 1950 and premiered as one of Paramount Pictures biggest theatrical feature films of the day.
 

Never before seen footage of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Almost 25 years after the opening of the Berlin Wall, there are still new images of this historic event. Framepool has recently acquired great footage that was shot the day after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. There are real testimonials from the people of East and West Germany. The joy of this important moment in German history has been captured and preserved for posterity. These images can now be licensed for the first time at Framepool.

We have created a shotlist from the images seen in our trailer yet there is much more material from this event in our online-shop.

President Johnson On Vietnam

50 Years ago Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson escalated American involvement in the Vietnam after Congress passed the ‘Gulf of Tonkin Resolution’ giving the president power to use any degree of military force in Southeast Asia without having to ask for an official declaration of war. Thereby increasing the number of American troops from 16,000 advisors in non-combat roles in 1963 to over 550,000 with many in combat roles by 1968.

“It will be there when peace comes to us – and so will we. Not with soldiers and planes, not with bombs and bullets but with all the wondrous weapons of peace in the 20th century. And then, perhaps, together, all of the people in the world can share that gracious task with all the people of Viet-nam, North and South alike.”

Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson addression the association of American Cartoonist on the US policy in South Vietnam. Reaffirming the US policy and talking about a peaceful Vietnam, once the fighting can be brought to an end.

Bleu, Blanc, Rouge – Vive la France!

Maybe you already got an idea of the fact that there is something special about this video we made for Bastille Day, the French National Day. We used the colors from the French Flag as a theme for the video. To find the right shots to create this video we used our color search we added to our shop several months ago. This made it a lot easier to find the best shots with the colors we wanted to have in our clip. This is just one example where the color search supports the keyword search. It can help in many other scenarios where you search for shots that contain a certain color. Just try it yourself.

The Eagle has Landed – The flight of Apollo 11

The Apollo-Program was one of the most ambitious projects of the 20th century. But the moon landing was not only a big event for space travel, but also for Television. The live broadcast on July 20, 1969 broke many records for the attendance and the longest live broadcast. To remember this milestone in human history, we scanned and published this film about the moon landing made by NASA.

Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56 UTC. Launched by a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida, on July 16, Apollo 11 was the fifth manned mission of NASA’s Apollo program.

Apollo 11 effectively ended the Space Race and fulfilled a national goal proposed in 1961 by the late US President John F. Kennedy in a speech before the United States Congress, “before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”

D-Day To Germany

The film “D-Day To Germany” was shot from June to November 1944 by the cinematographer Jack Lieb, who was working as war correspondent for the newsreel News of the Day. Twenty-five years later, Lieb recorded spoken narration. Lieb shot silent color footage of the “Operation Overlord” with his own 16mm camera. His commentary create a unique, personal recollection of that momentous time. He had used a 35mm black and white camera to film war coverage for the newsreels and his 16mm home movie camera to shoot color film to show to his family back home. After the war, Lieb edited the color footage.

The film starts with images from London shot in May 1944. Lieb then joins a group of war correspondents at the south coast of England that will cover the invasion. Personalities such as Larry LeSueur from CBS, Wharton Becker, Jack Thompson of the Chicago Tribune, Scripps-Howard Newspapers’ Ernie Pyle, Larry O’Riley of Associated Press, Clark Lee of INS and Chicago Daily News’ William Stoneman, Edward G. Robinson, Bob Landry, Robert Capa and others appear. The correspondents made their way to Franc together with the 101 Airborne Division.

Lieb landed on Utah Beach after the fighting was over. He added some british footage, shot with an automated camera to his film, that shows the landing of the first troops in Normandy. The footage shows some moments when the war correspondents and soldiers had down time, but the job was not safe or easy. His correspondent colleagues Ernie Pyle and Bill Stringer, that you can see in the film, were killed. Jack Liebs film shows scenes from the liberation of Paris and the campaign in France and in Aachen. Lieb returned safely to the States, half a year before the fighting in Europe came to an end. The scenes from Berlin were added from newsreel clips to his film.

Jack Lieb ends his comment that one day we will learn how to avoid wars!

More archival footage can be found on our history youtube channel “Timeline” and at framepool’s stock footage shop.

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