Nieuport (Berquet bombing) aerolane, French model, and Lt. Clime ready for photographic flight. Issoudon, France, 23 May 1918. Signal Corps photograph from Harry Kidd's collection on Flickr.
"Historical Series"The footage was originally shot in 1918 and edited in 1936 for the "Historical Series" of the Signal Corps. We have shown Signal Corps films before in a previous weblog. This footage has new scenes that were not available to the public domain until recently. The final two reels are particularly interesting because these cover the photographic activities by the Signal Corps. Reel 3 features a parade at Columbia University in New York City where the Military School of Cinematography was located during World War I. Reel 4 shows how stereoscopic slides were prepared at Cornell University. Here the Signal Corps soldiers were trained in aerial photography. The instruction film shows how lantern slides are made and placed in an aerial camera. Aerial photos are shot, developed, and made into an aerial map.
We have uploaded reels 3 and 4 of this film to our YouTube channel.