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U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt visits Bell and Curtiss aircraft factories in Buffalo, New York

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.]

Date: 1940, November 2
Duration: 1 min 11 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Wendell Willkie, the Republican candidate for 1940 U.S. Presidential elections, during a campaign rally at Buffalo, New York.

Wendell Willkie, the Republican candidate for 1940 Presidential elections in United States, during a campaign rally at Buffalo, New York. Members of 'Willkie Youth Club' raise a banner. Supporters raise various banners during the rally on jammed streets. Huge crowd of supporters at the Buffalo cheer for him at the new memorial stadium. Mr and Mrs Willkie wave at the crowd.

Date: 1940, October 16
Duration: 26 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
President Franklin Roosevelt's motorcade in Buffalo, New York, during 1940 Presidential Campaign

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.

Date: 1940
Duration: 1 min 22 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Contrast between the lifestyle of hectic workdays and quiet Sundays in New York City in the late 1940's after World War 2.

"City Pastorale" shows citizens of New York hurrying about their business during workday on a street in New York City. Vehicular traffic and pedestrians. People riding on the subway. Views of workaday foot traffic along New York sidewalk. Macy's department store. Racks of clothes being wheeled along the streets and sidewalks. Scenes of New Yorkers in hectic activity. In contrast, are shown peaceful scenic views of New York City. Penthouse gardens. Clothes drying on a rooftop line. People entering a number of different churches in Manhattan, New York. A woman in a garden. A man and a boy sit and read newspapers in the garden. The young boy looks at the "funny papers" (comic strips). A man walks with a child on a sidewalk. Cars parked. People chatting on the sidewalk of a New York city street. The Chrysler Building and nearby skyscrapers. People taking pictures with handheld cameras at a playground. Families with babies. Children playing in a park. Quiet streets. Car drives beneath an elevated train. Men walk on a ramp. People relax on beaches. Older women gathered together on the beach talking, while boys play in the sand at the edge of the surf. A huge crowd seated in a baseball stadium and watching a game between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers, including a shot of Giants pitcher, #36 ( Mickey McGowan ?), throwing from the mound and, in another scene, Giants #23 (Clint Hartung ?) batting and striking out. Views of the fans watching the baseball game, including some men in suits and boys sitting together in the bleachers watching the game and eating ice cream on a stick. Visitors stroll through the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Date: 1948
Duration: 6 min 2 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Scenes of New York City buildings in 1939, and of the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair

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.

Date: 1939
Duration: 4 min 9 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Men work on U.S. Navy Curtiss airplanes as they are released for the Allies in Buffalo, New York.

U.S. Navy Curtiss airplanes are released for the Allies in Buffalo, New York during World War II. The airplanes parked at an airbase. Men working on the airplanes. An aircraft takes off and in flight overhead.

Date: 1940, June 10
Duration: 25 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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