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.
Volcanic eruption and creation of island of Japan. Glimpse of map of Japan. Gardens and rivers. Two men demonstrate samurai sword techniques. Japanese soldiers advance through smoke carrying rising sun flag. Chinese suffering under Japanese military occupation. Two executed with rifles. Japanese soldiers waving weapons and red ball flags. A DC-3 aircraft flying over a Japanese Pagoda. Vies of Old Japan. Farmers at work. One manually turning a water pump with his feet. A man using a pole to propel a boat. Modern methods adopted in Japan for terraced farming. Japanese building railroads. Japanese modern locomotive on South Manchurian Railway. in 1934. A Japanese twin engine bomber taking off. The Japanese ocean liner, Asama Maru, in the 1930s. Glimpse of numerous ships in Tokyo harbor. Western style architecture in modern Tokyo buildings. Neon lights on the Grand Palace Hotel and other establishments in Tokyo. Industrial smoke stacks. Women at work in a silk factory. Finished product stamped "Made in Japan."Steel ingots being made in a Japanese steel mill using scrap iron imported from the U.S.A. Chinese victims of 2nd Sino-Japanese War. Japanese troops on parade. Fallen American Marines on shore of Tarawa Atoll in the Pacific in World War 2. Japanese high ranking officers reviewing troops on parade. Japanese warships underway. Troops parading beneath the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. American B-25 bombers on flight deck of the USS Hornet, headed to bomb Tokyo.A crew of Doolittle's Raiders standing by their plane. B-25 taking off from the Hornet. Formation of B-25s in flight. View from bomber of smoke rising from bombing of Tokyo below. Brigadier General Jimmie Doolittle pledging to repeat bombing of Tokyo. Supply train entering a Boeing Company defense plant. Workers being scrutinized as they enter the facility and punching in at a time clock. Poster in the plant picturing a B-29 bomber on a message in German describing it as an instrument for a "Destruction Battle against the Luftwaffe." Bold letters, above, in English read: "They're Promised-Let's Deliver 'em!" And, below, the words: "B-29, Super Bombers." Slabs of aluminum sheets fill a factory room. Overhead traveling cranes move them. Workers use heat and brakes to shape the aluminum sheets. Multiple views of the aluminum being machined and stamped to specifications. Wings being fabricated. Relatively unskilled labor using jigs to perform the work. Woman operating an overhead crane moving a wing in the plant. Views of plane parts moving across the ceiling via cranes. Women driving rivets into wings. Men and women employees working inside fuel fuel compartments of wings. A floor full of engine nacelles. A floor full of 2200 HP radial engines. A skeleton nose section being fabricated. Midsections and bomb bays being assembled. Workers crawling through the airframe during assembly. A woman working on a connecting tunnel. Sub-assemblies made by contractors arriving at the plant. More views of Boeing employees including young, old, men, and women, at work in the plant.
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.