- Vintage patents for velocipedes, airships and conveyances of all varieties
- Newsreel footage featuring an early autogyro making a flyover of Washington DC
- The airship USS Akron appears in some stock U.S Navy footage
- A 44′ Motor Lifeboat shows its mettle in ”SHIPS OF THE COAST GUARD”
- The Vermont Bookwagon races to another book emergency in the educational film “The Day the Books Went Blank”
- Frames from the Apollo 11 Documentary Moonwalk One
- An animated Apollo 11 Flight Plan, and
- John Glenn blasts off aboard Friendship 7 in The John Glenn Story
Find more in the National Archives’ Online Catalog (OPA) →
- Search tip: to show only video items, filter your search with Refine By: Type of Archival Materials: Moving Images
- To show only still photos, filter with Refine By: Type of Archival Materials: Photographs and other Graphic Materials
- Patent Drawings make great source material for fun GIFs. Use “patent” in your search, or filter with Refine By: Type of Archival Materials: Architectural and Engineering Drawings
- Since the challenge is for public domain items only, be sure to check the “Use Restrictions” field in the Item Details. Most, but not all of National Archives holdings are in the public domain.
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