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.]
uring the 1940 Presidential election campaign, President Franklin D. Roosevelt rides the streets of Buffalo, New York, in his limousine, a 1939 Lincoln V12 model 1708, special parade car, built for the President's use. Escorted by several motorcycle policemen, and followed by a car of Secret Service agents, it stops in front of the City Hall, at 65 Niagara Square, where a large welcoming crowd is gathered. The McKinley Monument is seen behind them in the square. Police and uniformed guards control the flag-waving crowd. The President, bundled against the wind in a cloak, makes some remarks recorded on a microphone of radio station WBNY. Several enthusiastic women supporters wave American flags at the front of the crowd. The next scenes show the Presidential limousine and escorts traveling along streets of the commercial district of Buffalo. Spectators line the sidewalks and cheer the President. A final sequence is taken from a car moving in the motorcade. It shows members of the Presidents party, and a police official waving spectators away from the motorcade.
From the Ford Motor Company produced film, "Scenes From the World of Tomorrow" documenting the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York City. View of buildings of the New York World's Fair of 1940. The Brooklyn Bridge. Aerial view of Manhattan Island, New York City. Skyscrapers of New York City including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. New York Harbor and ships in the harbor. View of the buildings of the New York Worlds Fair in the distance in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as seen from high in a skyscraper of New York City. The Fair's Trylon and Perisphere stand out. People walk along the sides of fountains and waterways at the fair. Crowds milling about, bands marching, dancers performing. Flags of many nations flying on the flag poles. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of George Washington, as the first President of the United States and a statue of George Washington. A bus moves on the street. Fountains and a small bridge near a waterway. Pavilions of nations of England, Japan, and Italy. The USA building and some of the buildings of U.S. States including Maine and Florida. Fountains and waterways of the fair. Woman and two girls eat ice cream cones. A Raymond Loewy - designed S1 experimental streamlined locomotive created for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Pavilions of American Telephone & Telegraph and of United States Steel Corporation, also of Westinghouse, Goodrich, Chrysler, and General Motors.
Test pilot Henry Lloyd Child makes a test flight record on Curtiss Hawk in Buffalo, New York. Propellers of the aircraft rotate as the engine starts. The aircraft taxis and takes off. The aircraft makes vertical dive during that test flight. The aircraft lands and taxis. Pilot Henry Lloyd Child disembarks from aircraft. An airman points to the peak on the recording instrument that shows record speed of 575 miles per hour.
A snow storm in Buffalo, New York. Snow covered roads around a square in the city. Vehicles moving on a snow covered path in front of a building. People on the path. Vehicles and men removing the snow from roads. A man uses a rake to remove snow from under a car. Buses and cars moving on a path with the sides covered in snow. Snow on trees lining the road. Snow covered street roads.
Crowd cheers and waves during New York Yankees and New York Giants game in the 1936 World Series at Polo Grounds IV in Manhattan, New york. Yankee manager, Joe McCarthy and Giants manager, Bill Terry on the field and they shake hands. Governor of New York State Herbert H. Lehman throws out first pitch, with Mayor La Guardia beside him. Babe Ruth, guest of honor, watches the match. Crowd cheer as the game proceeds. In next segment: Grover Whalen, President of New York World's Fair Corporation points out highlights of 1939 New York World's Fair on a preliminary model with the help of a stick, for visiting dignitaries. Footage from a September 1961 newsreel hightlighting stories from 25 years earlier.