Burning of Standard Oil Company tanks at Bayonne in New Jersey. Fire triggered by a lightning strike during a thunder storm, which caused Naphtha tank No. 7 of Standard Oil Company's plant to explode. People on street in Bayonne, with sky darkened by the heavy smoke rising high above the town. People evacuate area threatened by the fire. Horse-drawn wagons carrying goods, follow wheel tracks in the street. Several men with bicycles. Two men pull a wagon loaded with bedding and furniture.
American film actress Sandra Dee arrives in her hometown Bayonne, New Jersey. She visits her school. Exterior of the school building. People gather inside the building. They greet the actress who is featured in her new film 'The Snow Queen'. People cheering and applauding. She poses with her family for a photograph. Sandra seated in a car moving on a street. People gather around the car. She gives autographs to them.
Hotels and boardwalk of Atlantic City. Men, women and children walk (or "promenade") on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey in front of the Ritz Hotel. The Hotel Traymore is also seen in the background. Many tourists are seated in 3-wheeled small vehicles or Rolling Chairs to take a tour of the boardwalk and city, each vehicle pushed by a man on foot. The tourists are well dressed in early 1900's fashions. Large billboard high in the background reads "Fatima". Groups of women walk arm-in-arm. Boys take interest in the camera and play near by. Store front sign for Adams Baths among the shops in the background, located on the Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue.
View of a book entitled "Builders of Hawaii." A hand opens it to several different places, revealing photos of persons who played roles in the early development of Hawaii. Also revealed are pages from the newspaper "Commercial Advertiser" reporting that flags changed as "Hawaii becomes the first outpost of Greater America" and "Old Glory is the new flag of the Hawaiian Islands." (This refers to the establishment of the Territory of Hawaii, under the U.S. Hawaiian Organic Act of 1900.) A portrait of Sanford Ballard Dole is shown. (He was the President of the Republic of Hawaii, 1894-1900, and its first Territorial Governor, 1900-1903.) Views of the Hawaiian State Archives Building, on the grounds of the Iolani Palace, in Honolulu. A plaque honoring Captain James Cook. Views of visitors inside an exhibit that includes a reproduction of an early Hawaiian cottage.
Mix of period footage circa 1910, retrospective interviews in 1975, and some still images. European immigration in bad travel conditions to America. View from rail on deck of a ship in heavy seas. An elderly European immigrant recalls his experiences of the journey on ship to America. Ship in Atlantic Ocean. Picture of European immigrants on ship deck. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Early 1900s period footage of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island and disembarking from ship, then walking with luggage for processing at Ellis Island. Some immigrants peer across New York Harbor at the skyline of New York city. Scene change to 1975 and views of interiors of a no longer used building in Ellis Island. Names of persons carved on walls. A man shares his experience as an immigrant passing through Ellis Island, and then as an immigration inspector reviewing new immigrants as they arrived.
Demonstration of the American Air Force against naval vessels of battleship class operate from temporary bases. American airmen prepare 1100 pound bombs. Men assemble tail section of a missile. Airmen check two 1100 pound bombs attached beneath an unidentified plane. Airmen attach a 2000 pound bomb to underside of an aircraft. General Mitchell and an airman crouched beneath the plane look at the 2000 pound bomb. Navy cutter type vessel, the San Mihiel, anchored in sea. Observers on the San Mihiel include General Pershing, Davis, Admiral Shoemaker Assistant Secretary of War and General Patrick Chief of Air Service. Four of them stand on the deck of the cutter vessel. Battleship USS New Jersey anchored. Bombs strike near ship. Bomber flying 175 miles from Langley Field score five direct hits with six 100 pound bombs from an altitude of 11,000 feet. Views of bomb strike on USS New Jersey. A smoke curtain is dropped by a bomber from an altitude of 1000 feet. An aircraft in flight in line with the New Jersey lays a smoke screen across the water. Smoke curtain obscures sight of the battleship. Bomb strikes near and upon the battleship USS Virginia. Direct hits scored by 1100 pound bombs on the deck of USS Virginia.