Building of the railroads in the United States. Scenes from the Juniata Locomotive Shops in Altoona, Pennsylvania, serving the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR). Crane in factory moves a casting and places it in position. Driving wheels are balanced,checked and tested. Workers manufacture freight and passengers cars. Workers do welding work. They melt iron for casting. They prepare molds and undergo heating and cooling work. Grinders and automatic lathes at work. A worker operates automatic machinery which compresses molten metal for railroad parts, including a large compressor forming the driving rod for a locomotive. Finally the locomotive is painted. A completed T1 locomotive, designed by Raymond Loewy, is sent to the locomotive test plant where it undergoes a test run on the dyno. Experts watch movement of the train. Instruments record the vital data for the engineers.
The 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Delegates enter the convention hall. Posters of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman. A sign reads 'I'm wild about Harry'. Signs read names of different states in the U.S. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Alben W. Barkley delivers a speech at the convention as he talks about administration under democratic leadership.
A car arrives at the White House in Washington DC. President Harry S. Truman is presented a Jewish Torah by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, first President of the newly declared State of Israel. Exterior view of White House. Truman with Secretary of State, George Marshall, by the fireplace inside the White House. They discuss world affairs looking at a globe. An animated map shows the increasing Soviet Communist influence in Europe. April 3, 1948, President Truman signs the Economic Assistance Act, know as the Marshall Plan, as members of Congressional leadership look on. Sacks of grain being off loaded at a dock in Italy, as part of Marshall Plan aid. Scene shifts to October 6, 1948 with crowd gathered outside the Democratic Convention at Convention Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Convention delegates applaud during President Truman's address. Officials on stage. Truman talks about his sincere desire to promote peace throughout the world. Pictures of Franklin Roosevelt and Alben Barkley on stage. The White House. Truman seated at a table.
The Bryn Mawr College for young women in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fine arts, sculpture and painting studies at various classes. Students in chemistry, biochemistry and physics laboratories. Girls riding bicycles, a girl practicing archery, girls playing tenns. A girl dives into a swimming pool from a diving board. Class student government representatives during a meeting. (Here the narrator mentions the students planning assistance for relief operations in Europe...a clue to the estimated 1948 date of this footage). The student government members meeting with a faculty member. Couples dancing at a school dance. Girls study books and notes for final exams preparation. Professor guides a student of archeology. Girls practice concerts in chorus for graduation ceremony. Girls sitting on the lawns and outdoor patios of Bryn Mawr College, reading, talking, an knitting.
The 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Artists in colorful costumes parade on a street. A sign reads 'World premiere of tap roots'. A sign reads 'Democratic National Convention'. Cameras record the convention. A woman smiles as artists perform. A sign reads 'We are all mild about Harry'. A man addresses the delegates. Posters of Harry S. Truman. Banners read 'Illinois farmers for Truman'.
The 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A man announces the results of voting at the convention. U.S. President Harry S. Truman wins the race for the presidential nomination. Truman and Alben Barkley as his running mate appear on a dais. Truman delivers a speech as he accepts the nomination. He says that his main concerns are high prices and housing. He also announces to call a session of the Congress.