Standing in front of a statue honoring William McKinley at the Lucas County Courthouse in Toledo, Ohio, in 1920, two United States Civil War veterans in uniform read the 'New York Times' dated September 19, 1901. The headline reads 'Mr McKinley's body in his old home'. Cut to footage from shortly after President McKinley's death in 1901, with citizens, police and constabularies on horse back gathered outside the Milburn Residence in Buffalo, New York, where McKinley died. President William Mc Kinley's body is carried out of the house in a coffin. McKinley's funeral procession leaving the Milburn residence. Cut back to 1920 and the men standing beside the statue of President McKinley at the Lucas County Courthouse in Toledo, Ohio.
Start of a documentary production titled,"The Inheritance."
Introductory slate tells how in December, 1914, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (Union) was founded in a meeting at Webster Hall, New York City. It also describes how far and wide that union had grown in the ensuing 50 years.
An ocean liner is seen in the mist in New York Harbor. Fog horn sounds. The statue of Liberty is seen dimly through the fog. A commercial ship and a tug boat pass in front of Ellis Island. Views of building interior, Sign in boiler room reads: "U.S. Immigrant Station. Ellis Island. N.Y.H." Furnace door and thermometer and pressure gauges are seen. Large hall is seen. Camera pans through the empty corridors and rooms of the facility. The frame of an iron baby's crib sits in an empty room. View through window of Ellis Island proper, just outside, and of New York City buildings across the water. Montage of still photo images: Immigrants on the deck of a ship in 1901. Views of small children. A group of immigrants wearing the fez. Immigrants waving their hats as they see the Statue of Liberty. Broader view of the ship packed with immigrants. Interior of Ellis Island building with queue of new arrivals being processed. Immigration officers seated on high stools, checking documents of arrivals. Medical officer examines a boy with a stethoscope (screening for TB). View shifts to passengers arriving. They walk across the pier, carrying their belongings.
On November 2, 1940, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and party visit P-39 aircraft production line at the Bell Aircraft Company factory, 2050 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York, and P-40 production lines at the Curtiss Aeroplane factory, 2303 Kenmore Avenue, Buffalo, NY. Workers in the Bell plant pose around and inside fuselages taking shape along a production line for Bell P-39 Airacobra airplanes. In the Curtiss plant, view from rear, of Secret Service agent in coat and hat, standing on running board of an open Packard motor car carrying President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and his party as they drive slowly along an aisle in the factory, showing P-40 aircraft in various stages of completion. The President is barely visible in the back seat. (This is a 1939 Packard twelve, model 1708, special parade car, built for the President's use.) View from ahead of the President's car, as it proceeds along the Curtiss P-40 production line. (The President, in coat and hat, sits in the right rear seat.) As they progress along the production line, the aircraft seen are increasingly more complete. At the Bell plant, the motorocade passes a fully assembled P-39 on display. The President holds a desk model of the plane. The American flag and Presidential flag are displayed on the front of the car. The president is now seen without his hat. The car moves into a section of one of the factories that fabricates wing assemblies and other smaller parts. Closeup front view of the President and party as the car begins to exit the Bell factory on Elmwood Avenue. The building has "Bell Aircraft Corp." written on it. Employees are lined up outside the plant and applaud the President. [Note: There is a possibility that some scenes may be from other Buffalo-area aircraft factories that started production in 1942, including the Bell Plant in Wheatfield, NY (Niagara Falls) and the Curtiss Plant #2 at the Buffalo Airport.]
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson attend American Federation Labor conference in Buffalo, New York. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and Vice President Thomas Riley Marshall attend an American Federation of Labor conference in Buffalo, N.Y. (1917). President Samuel Gompers and Secretary Frank Morrison of the American Federation of Labor meet. The Labor Day parade in Buffalo. Troops and motorcars participate in the parade. Views of President Samuel Gompers and Secretary Frank Morrison. Hugh Frayne, General organizer of the American Federation of Labor, joins the group. They all take out their hats.
Buffalo Fire Department in action in Buffalo, New York. Firemen loaded onto large horse-drawn wagons accompanied by several pieces of firefighting apparatus, including two smoking steam pump engines. (Filmed by Edison Company, June, 1897) Note: The 1902 date on the Library of Congress leading title is in error.
Jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong in the United States. Armstrong speaking during an interview. He says that he was born in 1900, in "James Alley." (He was actually born in 1901.) A large crowd in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. A large float in the parade. highlights of Louis's life. Louis Armstrong's childhood home, shortly before it was demolished in the mid-1960s. In 1901, Louis Armstrong is born on August 4th, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Mary (Mayann) and William Armstrong. A photograph of Louis with his mother, Mayann, and sister, Mama Lucy (Beatrice), c. 1922. View of the French Quarter in New Orleans, with characteristic ironwork and porches. A horse carriage and a vehicle moving down a city street. A view of Louis Armstrong's teachers Bunk Johnson, Joe 'King' Oliver and others. Louis Armstrong says that he has played with all the best musicians. Louis Armstrong seated with a trumpet in his hand and other musicians standing beside him.