The Best of the Historic Stillman Fire Films

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The Best of the Historic Stillman Fire Films

The Historic Stillman Fires Collection is a rare and unique look at firemen training and public education films from over 50 years ago. The Stillman collection is the largest collection of fires and fire management in the world. A majority of the footage is silent and in black and white, but a few of the films have sound and color. For your viewing pleasure we have re-mastered and re-organized the collection into smaller wonderful sub-categories including: New York Fires, Fires from around the World, Ships on Fire, Demonstration Fires & Fireman Training, and everyones favorite, The Best of the Stillman Fires Collection. The entire Stillman collection is a must have for any true fire lover.

Included Films:

Tacoma Bridge Collapsing

Tacoma Bridge Collapsing

Produced: 1940s

Length: 4 Minutes

Unquestionably one of the most famous bridges in history (for all the wrong reasons), the Tacoma Narrows bridge gave birth to one of the most fantastic events ever captured on film. This movie details the bridge construction, the bridge use, and finally the fantastic bridge collapse. Probably the worlds most dangerous bridge during its use, the Tacoma Narrows bridge cost six million dollars, took one year to build, and was the third longest in the world at the time. A beautiful suspension bridge, it received the name Galloping Gerdie because it would rock on windy nights. Then one day, the galloping became intense. In what is now a basic high school physics example, the bridge experienced resonance and shook and jostled with an as yet unforeseen force. Bridge structure designs would never be the same, as the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse was an absolute disaster. This is precious video that can be appreciated by all.


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Chief Kenlon’s Ride

Produced: 1940s

Length: 3 Minutes

A fire alarm sounds, and the men spring into action! Fire trucks go racing down the snow covered streets of New York City, dangerous streets, forcing citizens out of the way. Even still, some sidewalk driving is necessary! Arriving at the five alarm fire, smoke pours from every opening. This is just the beginning of this fine firefighting film.On the Governors Island, the barracks were consumed in fire. Nothing but rubble was left from the fire. Only small parts of the foundation remain. The expansion of a skyscraper bursts into flames in the Netherlands. Battling the blaze will require firemen gear and fire fighting tools used to perfection. Part of a shopping section of 5th Avenue in New York catches fire. Not all of the firefighters will survive


Five Fires

Five Fires

Produced: 1940s

Length: 11 Minutes

This great Stillman Collection Fire video shows smoking hot footage of fires in a hotel in Chicago, Weekawken Pier, San Francisco, a barrack in Tokyo, a post exchange in Yokohama, some pulpwood in Canada, the Staten Island Ferry in New York. The film contains graphic footage for its vintage date, including burn victims and the recently deceased. But the main focus of this explosive film is on the flaming carnage that demolishes all it comes in contact with.


Japanese Fire Department Demonstration

Japanese Fire Department Demonstration

Produced: 1940s

Length: 1 Minutes

This films shows lots of fireman on tall ladders being raised straight up into the air.


Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Produced: 1940s

Length: 5 Minutes

The Stillman Fires Collection contains this gem: footage of the wreckage caused by a plane crashing into the Empire State building in 1945! The incredible video of this dramatic destruction is made only more otherworldly since the attacks of September 11th. All the terrifying aspects of real life firefighting are shown in (sometimes) gory detail. This is an amazing short film about vintage fire fighting and one of Americas most identifiable symbols in the midst of tragedy.


New York City Fires 1

New York City Fires 1

Produced: 1940s

Length: 10 Minutes

Various fires fires from around New York from the 20s – 50s


Ships Fires Reel 1

Ships Fires Reel 1

Produced: 1940s

Length: 5 Minutes

Two large tanker fires and a sail boat fire in San Fran. First tanker fire has amazing picture quality for the day. Really great stuff here.


Ship Fires Reel 2

Ship Fires Reel 2

Produced: 1940s

Length: 3 Minutes

A really large ship on fire at a New York dock.

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