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.)
A young woman opens ribbon and unwraps a gift package containing a vinyl RCA long playing record album disc of Romeo and Juliet. View she places the vinyl record on her phonograph turntable and starts playback. A film titled ' The sound and the story' shows the sound recording procedure at the Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. View of woman studying cover jacket of her new record album. Exterior view of Symphony Hall building in Boston Massachusetts in the mid 1950s. Interio view of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, circa 1956, in rehearsal under the baton of Music Director Charles Munch. The orchestra plays as a sound engineer of RCA (Radio Corporation of America) sits at a control panel. Close up view of meters on the recording console. Music being played is recorded on magnetic tapes. Close up view of reel to reel recording tape running on recording machine. Views of Maestro Munch, and various sections of the orchestra while they play. Stereophonic or stereo recording equipment configuration is shown. View of two early home stereo speakers. After the recording, Maestro Munch, smoking a cigarette, sits with the recording engineer and listens to the recording. Close up view of a RCA vinyl record spinning on a phonograph turntable.
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.
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.
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.