Tourists seeing Alaska from train of the Alaska Railroad. View from interior of a sightseeing car of the railroad. Passengers stand about and look out at the scenery as the train moves along parts of Alaska. View from the train traversing rail line along a river in vicinity of Mount Mckinley. Snow on the ground. View to the rear showing rugged terrain over which the rail line passes along the edge of a river. Closeup of a building with sign reading "Anchorage" and noting 353 miles to Fairbanks and 114 miles to Seward. View from inside the train as it passes through a Snow shed (aka avalanche gallery) where the light creates interesting effects. View exiting the snow shed. Steep mountain sides with snow in that area. View looking back at a curved trestle and track already passed over. Change of scene to the waterfront at Seward, where the train has arrived. Commercial boats and ships in the water. View of a seaman climbing a rope ladder in rigging of a ship. A mountain overlooking the city
View from deck of the Alaska Steamship line SS Aleutian, cruising in Alaskan waters. A small iceberg to starboard. Landscape of snowy Mountains and islands. Vicinity of the Columbia Glacier, at Valdez in Prince William Sound. Passengers walking along covered deck. The ship making way along the inside passage through protected waters in Alaska. Passengers inside the ship's salon, where they can view scenery through large windows. Most are seated, conversing, smoking, playing cards, and generally relaxing. View of upper deck empty of passengers. Liveboats covered with tarpaulins line edge of deck. Scenery as the cruise continues, includes occasional villages near waters edge, and ubiquitious snowy mountains. Spectators looking up at the ship as it approaches a pier in Cordova, Alaska. On shore, a passenger rail car of the Copper River and Northwestern Railroad is seen along with a number of automobiles. Change of scene to upper deck, where camera pans across the deck and along railings, showing passengers strolling, and sunlit scenery.
View from SS Aleutian ocean liner, of the Alaskan Steamship Line, as it approaches dock at Juneau, Alaska. Sheer mountain face overlooks the docks. Large buildings of the largest Quartz Gold mine in Alaska, are stepped down the steep slope. The ship passes a building labeled "Juneau Cold Storage."After docking, the camera pans across many people on the wharf and a building labeled The Alaska Line. Various sorts of buildings line the waterfront area.
The SS Aleutian, flagship of the Alaska Steamship Line. Passengers appear small as they walk on the deck of this large ship. Some travelers sit under umbrellas. Others enjoy the sun. But all are dressed fairly warmly. A large smoke stack protrudes through the center of the deck. Masts and other timbers seem suited for loading and unloading freightl. A fishing boat makes way across a mirror-like bay. A powered fishing boat tows a line of 17 dinghies each having a mast for sail. View from high point on a wharf, of large fishing boats tied up at a cannery dock. Fishermen unloading a catch of salmon into a hole in the dock, where the fish enter a conveyer that moves them into the cannery processing area. There men use pikes to move and sort them. Next men are seen cleaning and fileting the fish by hand at work stations equipped with water supplies. They place the filets on trays above their work stations. Women are seen canning smaller pieces of fish and placing them into boxes. The fish are then processed by belt-driven machinery that packs and seals the finished cans that then pass by a quality control inspector. Final scene shows a building standing on many tall stilts, in the water. Several men stand on the nearby shore.
Thomas Edison with his original tin foil phonograph (recording and playing device), that was produced in December 1877. Edison stands near a NBC microphone and shows operation of his tinfoil phonograph, also referred to in press of the late 1800s as a Talking Machine. This footage was shot on the occasion of a recognition ceremony for Edison on October 20, 1928, where he was also presented the Congressional Gold Medal by President Calvin Coolidge. This original tinfoil phonograph had been given by Edison in 1880 to a representative of the English Patent Office who visited the Menlo Park lab. The machine had been exhibited in England. It was repatriated for this 1928 event by the South Kensington Museum in London. British diplomat Ronald Ian Campbell, partially visible on the left in this footage, presented the phonograph back to Edison. Today it is on display at the Edison National Historic Site in West Orange, New Jersey.
Sesquicentennial celebration of Captain Cook's discovery of Hawaii: (1778-1928) held in the Hawaiian Islands, August 15 to 21, 1928. Monmouth-class British armored cruiser underway en route to Hawaii. Royal Hawaiian flag draped on tripod of submerged tablet, marking the site of Cook's demise. (The inscription reads: "Near
this spot Captain James Cook, R.N., was killed, Feb. 14, 1779.") Smoke seen rising from naval guns on the British cruiser, in Kealakekua Bay, firing 21-gun salute. Camera pans over to the battleship, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) also firing her guns in salute. A group of British buglers plays "The Last Post," during the ceremony. U.S. Secretary of War, Dwight F. Davis and Territorial Governor of Hawaii, Wallace R. Farrington, step into a Hawaiian outrigger canoe for a short trip across the bay. Next they are seen stepping from the canoe, to a Navy launch tied at the dock in Napoopoo, and thence to the dock, itself. Change of scene shows Secretary Davis and Governor Farrington, with many other guests at a traditional Hawaiian Luau. There Secretary Davis is also seen delivering remarks to the gathering.