The eve of launching Destroyer Escort, USS Currier (DE-700), at Bay City in Michigan, USA. View of the Defoe Shipbuilding shipyard. A ship upside down showing rolls. Men knock out support beams of USS Currier. Men work on ship. Men work on propellers of ship. Rope is cut. USS Currier slides down ways. Mrs Betty S Cruiser christens ship. Views of another ship hull upside down, under construction. Spectators watch the ship as it is moved upright by a giant crane and hook assembly. Spectators watch ship righted. Men work on this next ship in queue.
U.S. President Richard Nixon delivers a speech at Tri-City Airport in Saginaw, Michigan. Placards held by a crowd display welcome messages for President Nixon. President Nixon speaks from a podium. He summarizes problems which the people are facing in Saginaw Bay City and Michigan. He states that there is one way to keep down the cost of living and that is to keep down the cost of government. President Nixon says that only high production can cut down prices. He further talks about a health program which would provide health insurance to the citizens of the U.S. and that the program would not require new taxes. He also speaks about progress to be made in the field of education. Regarding welfare programs, he states that the country needs a welfare program where it is never more profitable for a person to go on welfare than to go to work. President Nixon says that people can always choose the right congressman.
Young man carves message on tree and kisses his fiancee. Scene of furniture being removed from a house during an eviction. Couple talks with an old bearded man who is in a rocking chair on a house porch. He shows them a newspaper advertisement for 'Sterling Homes' includes headline 'Come to Bay City at Our Expense.' Couple leaves with older man. Visitors tour offices where draftsmen draw plans for hundreds of variations of home designs, and the homes can be manufactured and delivered. Prospective buyers study pictures of home models, and blueprint plans. View of a lumber yard and sawmill by railroad tracks, where logs arrive for milling and use in homebuilding. They watch as new logs are offloaded from truck into pond, and as picker walks on logs in water and directs them onto belt for passage into saw mill. Massive log roughly 6 feet in diameter on feeder belt. Mill workers run beside it and jump on top of it. In a factory, women workers assemble boards and beams and affix using glueing under 10 tons pressure. Modular home pieces are packed and ready for shipping to buyer. Young couples and older friend get into automobile to view potential lots for their new house. Horse drawn land leveling equipment being used near new home sites. Carpenters assemble prefabricated home. A Vulcanite Shingle date calender shows the date to be Saturday, June 28, 1919. View of a completed home. Young man places a wedding ring on his new bride's finger at their wedding. She holds a bouquet of flowers.
Detroit Race Riot in Detroit, Michigan in June 1943, during World War 2. Police disperse crowd from the street. Army patrol walks down the street in a colored section of city. Two soldiers in front of the shop HH Bowles Radio Service, marked 'colored' on the store window. Five U.S. soldiers holding light machine guns patrol on the street. Soldiers cross street. White youths exit from patrol wagon and appear to be joking around. The youths pose in front of the patrol wagon. Police bus being driven. Views of army tent camp in a field. Firemen spray water on a burning automobile set on fire during the racially motivated riot. Smoke all around the burned vehicle. People stand on street and watch.
Views of various projects depicting man's creative engineering skills across the United States, including: The Indian Serpent Mounts, Ohio; Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Headquarters, Connecticut; Mackinac Bridge, Michigan; Green Bank Radio Astronomy Antenna, West Virginia; Tanker "Manhattan" in the Northwest Passage; Chicago's Marina Towers, Illinois; NASA launch complex 39, Florida with a rocket in place; Watts tower, California; John Hancock Building, Illinois; Washington Monument; Dworshak Dam while under construction, Idaho; Newport Bridge, Rhode Island; U.S. Steel building, Pennsylvania; Mt. Glory Arch Bridge under construction in Wyoming; Johnson Wax Headquarters building, Wisconsin; Boeing 747 Factory Building Complex, Seattle Washington; A model of the proposed New Orleans Super Dome in Louisiana; Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel; Dulles International Airport, Virginia; Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minnesota; Westinghouse Headquarters building, Pennsylvania; Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, New Mexico; Gulf Life Tower, Florida; Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Wisconsin; a paddle style River boat on the Ohio River; an artist depiction of the under construction Mobile River Highway Tunnel, Alabama; the Westinghouse Desalinization Plant, Florida; Model of master plan for the city of Gary, Indiana; Gulf Oil's "Big Brutus" crane at work on a dig site (The 160-foot tall coal shovel known as the 1850-B was designed and built by Bucyrus-Erie in Hallowell Kansas, for the Pittsburg & Midway, or P&M Coal Mining Company. It is the only one of its kind ever built. The mining company was purchased by Gulf Oil in 1963, and subsequently went under The Chevron Mining umbrella); Knights of Columbus headquarters building, Connecticut.
Vincent Lopez and his orchestra are on stage ready to perform. He stands by his piano, and begins to conduct. The orchestra starts to play. Mr. Lopez calmly seats himself at the piano and plays along with the orchestra, displaying notable flourishes as he plays. Sequence breaks and picks up with male vocalist now also on stage. Lopez stands, conducting vocalist and orchestra. (Note: Vincent Lopez and his orchestra performed at the Grill Room in the Hotel Taft, New York City, from 1941 to 1961.)