Documentary depicts the end of the 1920s good times in the U.S., leading into the Great Depression. Mildred Unger, age 10, performs a wing walker charleston dance while out on the wing of a JN-4 "Jenny" airplane in flight over Los Angeles in 1926.Four girls dancing on the top of a building higher than those around it, in Boston, Massachusetts. Amusement park patrons riding a roller coaster. People out driving through a park in their automobiles. Patrons enjoying themselves at the Steeplechase amusement park in Coney Island, New York. A crane piling old cars in a heap at a junk yard. But following the Wall Street crash of 1929, conditions change in America. Group of people receiving food assistance in a city. A man, woman, and baby, in a tent (probably migrant workers). The famous 1936 photo, "Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange, of migrant worker, Florence Owens Thompson, with two of her children. Men receiving food from a city soup kitchen. Dejected unemployed men.
Amelia Earhart seen in leather flight coat, dons leather helmet and goggles for a photograph. She poses with Pilot Wilmer Stultz and flight mechanic, Louis Gordon. At daybreak the adventurers row towards Fokker F. VII b-3 trimotored seaplane, and board for their first leg of transatlantic flight (to Trespassey, New Foundland). Their seaplane, named "Friendship," takes off and buzzes the port as they depart from Boston, Massachusetts. (Note: the Fokker seaplane was initially built for the Byrd Antarctic Expedition.)
Race riots in Boston, Massachusetts sparked by dissatisfaction with welfare system. African American rioters on the streets in the Roxbury section in Boston. They smash glass, set buildings on fire and loot stores. Mobs throw rocks and bottles at the Boston police. Firemen work to extinguish fires in burning buildings. A rooftop sniper wounds a fireman as he extinguishes a fire. Boston police arrest a rioter.
Boston Fish Pier at the coast of Boston, Massachusetts. Buildings at Boston Fish Pier. Flag of United States flies above the Fish Pier building. The views are as seen from aboard a vessel approaching the Boston Fish Pier through the harbor.
Scenes from baseball World Series game 1 in 1916 with the Boston Red Sox versus the Brooklyn Robins (later the Brooklyn Dodgers). View from stands during first four innings of play (Boston Red Sox ultimately rallied with 4 runs in 9th inning to defeat the Brooklyn Robins). A large crowd of 40,000 gathered at Braves Field in Boston, with the game played there instead of Fenway Park so that more fans could attend. Game in progress. Men watching from the stands. Crowd waving hats and cheering. Scenes include: 0:04 Top of the 2nd inning double play by Boston after hit by Brooklyn's George Cutshaw; 0:11 Bunt single by Boston's Larry Gardner and Lewis advances to second base; 0:25 Sacrifice bunt by Boston's Everett Scott; 0:32 slate text on film reads, "In the third Duffy Lewis, famed for breaking up World Series' games drives a two base hit sending Hoblitzel home with the first run; score 1-0." (spelling should be Hoblitzell). This play is then seen; 0:40 Same play seen from different angle in the ballpark; 0:52 A play from before the previous play -- this is a triple by Hoblitzell with no one on base; 1:05 Top of the fourth inning: Go ahead run is at 3rd. Cutshaw hits a fly to right field. Harry Hooper catches the ball and throws out Zack Wheat at the plate. Men in stands cheering and waving hats.
Henry Ford works on historical preservation project. McGuffey readers are seen. Sketch of Ford family farm in Springwells, Michigan. View of homestead at the farm, that Ford restores. He examines the farm's steam engine. The historic Wayside Inn, in Sudbury, Massachusetts, which Ford purchased to construct a community of historic buildings. View of the restored Botsford Inn,Detroit, Michigan, that Ford bought in 1924.View of Eagle Tavern, in Clinton, Michigan,before,and,after its purchase and restoration by Henry Ford. Concerned about need for additional buildings to house artifacts, Henry Ford consulting with Detroit architect,Robert O. Derrick (with mustache) and two other men. Derrick's plan for the Henry Ford museum is unrolled. It borrows from Independence Hall, Congress Hall, and the old City Hall in Philadelphia.Views of the Clock Tower and museum, as completed in 1929. A pictorial map of the Edison Institute Museum and Historical Greenfield Village, in Dearborn, Michigan. View of construction begun in 1927. Thomas A. Edison laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, that Ford acquired for Greenfield Village. On a windy September 17, 1928, Thomas A. Edison steps from a car, and pauses before entering the doorway of his restored laboratory, in Greenfield Village. Henry and Mrs.Ford step from their car to quickly join him in the building.Edsel Ford and his wife, also follow. Inside the building, Edison officially open the site by starting a steam engine in the laboratory. Ford and Edison converse (Ford speaking close to Edison's ear, because he is hard of hearing). Later, Edison, in a cornerstone ceremony, imbeds, a shovel contributed by Luther Burbank, and then writes in cement of the cornerstone.Newspapers show coverage of the formal dedication of the museum and Greenfield village, October 21, 1929. Workers rushing the Village toward completion for that event. The Smithcreek Railroad depot is moved to the Village. Workers preparing installation of the depot.