John E. Allen, Inc. is a motion picture stock footage library. Our collection dates from 1896 to the 1980s, holding over thirty-five million feet of 35mm and 16mm film. Categories of special interest include the following:
Kinograms: 1915-1931. Original negatives, prints, trims and outs of a major newsreel which had camera crews covering news in the U.S. and abroad.
Telenews: 1947-1953. Original negatives, prints, trims, and outs. A Syndicated film service for television news programs patterned after theatrical newsreels. Covered news from all over the world.
World War I: Approximately 250,000 feet of 35mm newsreels and documentaries of the time, covering various aspects and views of the War. U.S. and European titles include: "The German Side of the War", "On the Italian Battlefront" and "France in Arms".
World War II: Approximately 100,000 feet of 35mm materials. Miscellaneous newsreels include some "Wochenschau" and Soviet films.
Conflicts: Aside from materials covering WWI and WWII, we have footage from the following conflicts: Spanish-American War, Mexican Revolution, Russian Revolution, Hungarian Revolution (1919-1920), Sino-Japanese War, Spanish Civil War, French-Indochina War, Korean and Vietnam War. We also have materials related to several independence movements in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Industry: 1910-1980"s. 350,000 feet of 35mm materials covering a broad range of businesses in the U.S. and worldwide.
Transportation: 1900"s-1980"s. 150,000 feet of 35mm materials related to all types of transportation: Autos, Aviation, Ships, and Railroads.
Educational / Ethnographic / Travel / Nature: 1910"s-1970"s. Approximately 800,000 feet of 35mm film, almost exclusively black & white. Materials from almost every country in the world, including such subjects as: Native Americans in North and South America; Early Polar Exploration; Early Everyday Life in Europe, China, Japan, Brazil, etc.
Features: 1905-1980"s. Negatives and prints, shorts, and feature-length comedies, westerns, animation, and other genres. Particularly strong in the silent era.
Stills, posters, and lobby cards: Over one million, exclusively pertaining to feature films and the Motion Picture industry.