A dramatic portrayal titled 'These Thirty Years' depicts a man dying because his horse wagon is struck on muddy roads, and means of transport in Brookfield, United States. Dramatic portrayal shows 'Brookfield Post Office' written at the top of its entrance. A man arrives and sits near the post master at the post office. The two men talk to each other as few other men also arrive. The men ride a horse wagon on dark country roads. Two women stand outside their house and wait for them. The young man from wagon greets and talks to women. He speaks about the wagon struck on muddy roads and a man dying due to it. A poster about auction hung on a tree. The young man takes his horse to a pond and talks to a young woman there. They talk about roads as solution to future problems.
Woman explorer, Ruth McCombs Harkness, (widow of explorer, William Harkness) brought the first live panda (named Su-Lin) into the United States, when she returned from an expedition, on December 18, 1936. Here she is seen in the Brookfield Zoo, in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield, Illinois, where she is playing with a second baby panda (named Mei Mei) that she acquired in 1937. A large group of children, enjoy the antics as she plays with the baby panda. At one point, Mrs. Harkness lifts Mei Mei up close to the chilren. Next, she holds Mei Mei close to Su-Lin, as zookeeper Sam Parratt holds the larger panda. The two pandas nuzzle one another.
Scenes from 1934 film production about westward expansion of United States in last quarter of the 19th Century. Marias River flows through the mountains. Goats and bears in forest area. View of the Washington Monument. Engraved stone reads 'Farthest Point West on Captain Lewis trip up Marias River'. Car drives into portico of an old building in Washington. 'Children of a Common Mother' written on top of a monument. Engraved picture shows Lewis and Clark pointing towards land with boats next to them. View of the Columbia River flowing between mountains and a bridge. Aerial view of city of Portland. Steamer leaves harbor of Portland.
Teachers in Chicago protest pay injustice during the Great Depression, as they had not been paid for 11 months. 5,000 instructors joined by students and parents in a march and protest as they also complained about cuts in school services. Scenes from other labor strikes across United States in 1934 including shipyard and auto industry strikes. Striking workers marching. President Roosevelt intervenes in an automobile strike. President Roosevelt on Vincent Astor's yacht for a brief fishing holiday. Men in a factory or manufacturing facility punching timecards in time clocks. New automobile cars seen in production and rolling off assembly lines. Working men eat lunch beside their posts in an assembly line factory, during a break.
A newsreel titled "Universal five wins Olympics basketball final" shows a game between the company team from Universal Pictures and the McPherson Globe Refiners from Globe Oil and Refining Co. of McPherson, Kansas. The McPherson team is sometimes also referred to as the Oilers, or the Refiners. The teams are seen playing in the Olympics Qualifying basketball final in New York's Madison Square Garden. People cheer the two teams. Universal defeats the McPherson Globe Refiners to win the Olympics final. The win entitled the Universal Pictures team to name 7 players to the Olympic basketball team representing the United States in the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin Germany, and McPherson Globe Refiners was able to name 6 players to the team. These two teams beat out five U.S. college teams to earn the spots in the final and determine the makeup of the U.S. Olympic Basketball team. Players in the game in this video clip include Globe Refiners forward Francis Johnson, Centers Willard Schmidt and Joe Fortenberry, and Universal forward Carl Knowles. Universal beat the Globe Refiners by a score of 44 to 43. According to a Time Magazine article of April 13, 1936, the Globe Oil & Refining team, "...have perfected a technique called dunking with which they score by jumping up above the basket, dropping the ball into it." This may be one of the earliest references to dunking, now a staple technique in basketball. The same Time article further stated of the Oilers, "On the defense, they prevent opponents from scoring by batting the ball out of the basket." Again, the Globe Refiners were demonstrating play that later became standard in modern basketball. The idea for the Globe Refiners was a company promotion scheme, thought up in 1934 by Gene Johnson, the Sales Manager of Globe Oil who had several years experience coaching basketball. The Olympic team also included Washington State Huskey player Ralph Bishop. The USA went on to win the gold, defeating Canada 19-8.
Governor Horner and Mayor Kelly along with other dignitaries present at a function on the opening of a new zoological garden at Brookfield in Chicago, Illinois. Thousands of people present at the eve. Animals in the zoo such as lions, elephant, bears and crocodiles. A zoo-keeper with a bird in his hands.