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Flashback To The 'Awesome' Decade
Flashback 1980's stock footage takes a look back at fashion, lifestyles, and the bodacious trends of the 1980's. Our Public Domain Stock Footage titles touch on different happenings in the 1980's, so dust off your red leather jacket, put on your leg warmers and take a nostalgic tour back in time.
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ALVIN AILEY
FOUNDER - ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

This title is a one-way dialogue between Alvin Ailey, founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
(public domain films) 1985 COL 37 min
Public Domain Stock Footage Flashback 1980s
AMERICAN IMAGES 1986 - VOLUME 1
Home Computers, Logging Festival, Lower Back Pain, Music Group Menudo!, Behind The Scenes Of The T.V. Show 'People's Court' With Judge Wapner, Louisiana Bayou, Solar Energy.
(public domain films) 1980's 21 min COL
Public Domain Stock Footage Flashback 1980s
AMERICAN IMAGES 1986 - VOLUME 2
Milton Glaser - I Love New York Logo, Dance Troupe, Monterrey Aquarium, Lifestyle Of The Amish, Traveling Nurses, New York Drama School, The Making Of A CGI Movie.
(public domain films) 1980's 19 min COL
Public Domain Stock Footage Flashback 1980s
AMERICAN IMAGES 1986 - VOLUME 3
Vintage Newspapers, Whistling Contest, Exploring Earth From Space, Child Blindness Prevention, City Of New Orleans, Using Movies To Teach English, Americanization Of Refugees.
(public domain films) 1980's 18 min COL
Public Domain Stock Footage Flashback 1980s
AMERICAN IMAGES 1986 - VOLUME 4
El Miami Herald, Pritikin Center, Polar Bear Club, New York Mayor Ed Koch, Children's Art Carnival.
(public domain films) 1980's 18 min COL
Public Domain Stock Footage Flashback 1980s
AMERICAN IMAGES 1986 - VOLUME 5
Artificial Insemination, Graceland Home Of Elvis Presley, Trained Sea Lions, Key West Florida, Mount Rushmore.
(public domain films) 1980's 19 min COL
Public Domain Stock Footage Flashback 1980s
AMERICAN IMAGES 1986 - VOLUME 6
Hot Rod Trucks and Tractors, Artificial Ear, Older Cover Girls, Pat Oliphant-Cartoonist, Beale Street Blues.
(public domain films) 1980's 26 min COL
Public Domain Stock Footage Flashback 1980s
AROUND AMERICA: SATELLITE FILE #19 - 1983
Arms Control, Marilyn - An American Fable, Oriental Farming, Lech Walesa, Computer Equality In The Classroom, Mountain Heritage, The New FBI, The Amish.
(public domain films) 1983 22 min COL
Public Domain Stock Footage Flashback 1980s
AROUND AMERICA: 1989 - SATELLITE FILE #312
Celebrating 200 Years Of The U.S. Presidency, Life Skills For Mental Disabled, Illegal Saguaro Cactus Harvesting, The Hubble Telescope, Disney/MGM Studio Theme Park Opens.
(public domain films) 1989 COL 25min
Public Domain Stock Footage Flashback 1980s
COLORADO RIVER - A DESERT'S DREAM
The importance of the Colorado River and its beneficial effects along its banks, scenes of the Hoover Dam and how ranchers benefit from the Colorado River.
(public domain films) 1981 COL 27min
Public Domain Stock Footage Flashback 1980s
CUBAN REFUGEES - 1980
IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Cuban Refugees arrive in Key West and Miami Florida by the boat loads and recall their experiences and living conditions in Cuban under the regime of Fidel Castro.
(public domain films) 1980 COL 30 min (ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
Public Domain Stock Footage Flashback 1980s
DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 1984

Scenes from the 1984 Democratic Convention in San Francisco California. The Democrat Party nominated Walter Mondale for President and Geraldine Ferraro for Vice President.
(public domain films) 1984 COL 8 min
Public Domain Stock Footage Flashback 1980s
EXXON VALDEZ - AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER
March 23, 1989, the Exxon Valdez grounds itself in Prince William Sound and spews 10.8 million gallons of crude oil.
(public domain films) 1989 19 min COL
Public Domain Stock Footage Contemporary Tragedies And Disasters
F.B.I. HOSTAGE RESCUE TEAM
METHODS AND TRAINING

FBI training film demonstrating hostage rescue methods and capture of hostage takers. Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) members explain weapons and equipment used by the team.
(public domain films) 1985 COL 28 min
Public Domain Stock Footage Retro Travel
GRAND CANYON AND NATIVE AMERICAN DANCERS
A visual document of a horseback tour of the Grand Canyon and ending with a demonstration of Native American ritual dance.
(public domain films) 1985 22 min COL (SILENT)
Public Domain Stock Footage Retro Travel
HOLLYWOOD
A tourist-eye view of 1980's downtown Hollywood featuring Mann's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Sign and the Walk Of Fame.
(public domain films) 1985 9 min COL
Public Domain Stock Footage Retro Travel
MX MISSILE PROTEST 1983
Unedited footage showing the detention of a large number of civilians demonstrating at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
(public domain films) 1983 COL 17 min (SILENT)
Public Domain Stock Footage Retro Travel
NEW ORLEANS 1985
Slice of life moments from the City of New Orleans with street scenes, street musicians, plantation house and ferry boats.
(public domain films) 1985 19 min BW (SILENT)
Public Domain Stock Footage Retro Travel
NEWS STORIES FROM 1983
European Auto Sales And Auto Manufacturing In The U.S., Increasing Of Black Political Power, Medical Marvel PET Scan Window On The Brain, Tourist Boom At Alcatraz Prison.
(public domain films) 1983 COL 13min
Public Domain Stock Footage Flashback 1980s
SAN FRANCISCO AND CABLE CARS
Streetcar travel in San Francisco, California. Scenes of houseboats, Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline.
(public domain films) 1985 20 min COL (SILENT)
Public Domain Stock Footage Retro Travel
VOLCANOES - MOUNT ST. HELENS
Mountain and 230 square miles are dramatically changed within moments by an explosive volcanic eruption in 1980.
(public domain films)
1980 15 min COL
Public Domain Stock Footage Contemporary Tragedies And Disasters
WASHINGTON MONUMENT
AND NATIONAL AIRPORT

The Washington Monument as see from the tidal basin, while at the Washington National Airport planes take off and land.
(public domain films) 1985 11 min COL (SILENT)
Public Domain Stock Footage Retro Travel
• Additional Sections With Titles From The 1980s •
Energy And Environment ----- Environmental Education ----- Domestic Destinations
Historical U.S. Presidents ----- International ----- NASA Space Exploration