Overview from a height of the sprawling Kaiser shipyard in Richmond, California, during World War 2. Cranes moving and workers in hard hats at work. Derricks at the waterfront and large hangar-like structures. Sections of ships' superstructures being assembled in open areas of the yard. Several large cylindrical fuel tanks. Several Victory ships tied up at a pier, being outfitted. One is the "Boulder Victory" which was built by the Permanente Metals Corporation, in Yard 1, and launched on August 31, 1944. It was commissioned October 12, 1944 as the USS Boulder Victory (AK-227).
College football 1944 Rose Bowl game between the University of Southern California and the University of Washington, held in Pasadena, California. A crowd in the stands. The game in progress. USC Trojan's quarterback Jim Hardy throws three touchdown passes in the highlights. The USC Trojans win over the University of Washington Huskies by a score of 29-0.
A documentary on The United Nations Conference on International Organization that continued from April 25, 1945 to June 26, 1945 in San Francisco. A plane in flight and ships are seen in San Francisco Bay. Aerial views of Golden Gate Bridge. People on streets on San Francisco, with streetcars, buildings, pedestrians, and mid 1940's cars vseen. Aircraft parked at a USAF Base as delegates from 50 countries arrive. Delegates like Jan Christian Smuts from South Africa, Vyacheslav Molotov from Russia, U.S. secretary of State Edward Stettinius arrive in San Francisco. Delegates register for the conference. United States flag on a building. Interior of the War Memorial Opera House serving as the initial meeting hall. Delegates seated. U.S. President Harry S. Truman addressing the general assembly remotely, as delegates listen through radio speakers in the opera house. Narrator recalls words of Franklin Roosevelt and recorded audio of Roosevelt is heard where he urges continuation of the work first begun by the defunct League of Nations. View of various working committees and smaller groups of the organization meeting during the Spring of 1945. Representatives debate and review concepts initiated at the Dumbarton Oaks conference in Washington DC in 1944. Delegates addressing those assembled and signing documents that create the United Nations.
Republican national convention of 1944 in Chicago, Illinois. A banner in support of Governor Bricker of Ohio as a Republican Vice Presidential candidate. Pictures of Governor Thomas Dewey for the Presidential nomination. Representative Joseph Martin, Chairman of the Convention. Statesmen eat and discuss around a table before the convention. Wendell Willkie at desk. Cars outside the convention hall as people arrive. Delegates from various states across United States arrive at the convention. Newsmen at typewriters as they send out news about the convention. Cameramen record the proceedings at the convention. National Chairman Harrison E. Spangler opens the convention and invites Governor Earl Warren of California for delivering a keynote. Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York at desk as he is elected as the Republican Presidential candidate.
Views of The Great Atlantic Hurricane lashing at northeast United States areas (after having already hit the North Carolina Outer Banks), and views of the aftermath and early cleanup following the storm. Regions shown include Atlantic City, Long Island (where it came ashore as a category 3 hurricane on September 15, 1944), New York City suburbs, and parts of New England. High surf flooding boardwalks and coastal cities. Trees bent over and snapped in high winds. People walking with difficulty in the high winds. Streets of towns submerged in water. Coastal docks destroyed and large boats scattered high onto shore areas. Trees, poles, and wires downed over roads and homes. Entire homes moved off of their foundations and placed down the street. The "Great Atlantic Hurricane" was the first example of a named hurricane by the Miami Hurricane Warning Office, which later became the National Hurricane Center. The name was meant to reflect the hurricane's size and intensity.
Comedian Bob Hope introduces Judy Garland on the radio program 'Command Performance U.S.A as it is being recorded at a Hollywood studio in Los Angles, California. Judy Garland sings 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow.'