Franklin D. Roosevelt seen, well-dressed, in overcoat and hamburg hat, as a successful New York lawyer, in 1910, when he decides to run for a seat in the New York State Senate. He is seen greeting supporters outside his family home, Springwood, in Hyde Park New York, after winning the election. Very brief glimpse of Eleanor Roosevelt. Governor James M. Cox of Ohio, Democratic Party candidate for President, is seen with Franklin Roosevelt,Assistant Secretary of the Navy, whom he selects as his running mate, in 1920. View of Eleanor Roosevelt being recognized in the Democratic National Convention at the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Views of Franklin Roosevelt driving in an open car and speaking before crowds during the campaign of 1920. One crowd is notable for the preponderance of straw boater hats worn and waved by the men in the audience. Scenes of family life, after defeat of the Cox-Roosevelt ticket. Eleanor Roosevelt with children: Anna Eleanor;Franklin Delano Jr. II; Elliot; James; and Anna's dog, in 1921, at their summer retreat on Campabello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), seated in a wicker chair in front yard of the Campobello house, smoking a pipe and writing on some papers. FDR standing with a cane.His mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, seated and conversing with FDR. Eleanor, with them, knitting as they converse. Political aid,Louis McHenry Howe.FDR posing with cane, alone, and with wife, Eleanor. Mrs. Roosevelt hosting a gathering at Springwood, to promote FDR's political future. Eleanor speaking at a political gathering.
World War I scenes of U.S. Army airplanes in action at the front. A picture of U.S. Army Major Henry A. (Hap) Arnold and California Forester Kurt Dubois, who, together, started the fire patrol practice by United States Army aircraft in1919. Army flyers lined up on a field. Army Curtis JN-4 (Jenny) airplanes in flight as smoke rises from the forests below. Weighted messages with ribbons attached, being dropped by pilots while in flight to inform about a forest fire. Later on after the installation of radios a pilot sends a message on a radio set in case of a forest fire. In 1920s, Crawler tractors used to skid logs out of the forest. In 1925, tractor with a blade was developed and used to build forest roads. In 1932, a Bulldozer being used to create firebreaks during a Southern California fire. A fire plow in operation.
Documentary depicts the end of the 1920s good times in the U.S., leading into the Great Depression. Mildred Unger, age 10, performs a wing walker charleston dance while out on the wing of a JN-4 "Jenny" airplane in flight over Los Angeles in 1926.Four girls dancing on the top of a building higher than those around it, in Boston, Massachusetts. Amusement park patrons riding a roller coaster. People out driving through a park in their automobiles. Patrons enjoying themselves at the Steeplechase amusement park in Coney Island, New York. A crane piling old cars in a heap at a junk yard. But following the Wall Street crash of 1929, conditions change in America. Group of people receiving food assistance in a city. A man, woman, and baby, in a tent (probably migrant workers). The famous 1936 photo, "Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange, of migrant worker, Florence Owens Thompson, with two of her children in California. Men receiving food from a city soup kitchen. Dejected unemployed men.
Shows several aviation "firsts" accomplished by U.S. Army Air Service aviators in the period from 1918 through 1924. A close formation of biplanes in flight. President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson chat with Major Fleet, Officer in charge, on the occasion of the first air mail flight, inaugurated on May 15,1918 between Washington DC and New York.The mail is loaded into the Curtis JN-4 aircraft. Pilot in the cockpit. The aircraft takes off and in flight. Air Service. Mention of aviators helping spot forest fires. Smoke rising from forest fires and mountain ranges. In 1920, U.S. Army Captain St. Clair Streett is seen with some of his Squadron who flew four De Havilland DH-4 aircraft 9,000 miles, from New York City to Nome, Alaska. Two of the men play with pet dogs. Their itinerary is painted on the side of one of the aircraft, along with the names of pilot and mechanic (C.E. Crumline and J.E. Long). In 1923 the first non stop coast-to-coast flight was made in the Fokker T-2 aircraft. . A sign on the aircraft reads 'Army Air Service non stop coast to coast'.First Lieutenants Oakley O.Kelly and John A. Macready board the aircraft, at Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York, on May 2, 1923. Their Fokker T-2 in flight. Their arrival at Rockwell Field, on Coronado Island (San Diego) California. In 1924, Lt. Russell Maughan is seen boarding his P-1 Hawk airplane at Mitchel Field, on Long Island, New York, and taking off , bound for Crissy Field at the Presidio, San Francisco, California. His goal is the first dawn-to-dusk, coast-to-coast flight. Views of his P-1 Hawk airplane flying over Manhattan, New York City.
Health education film from the early 1920's in the United States. Shows effects of gonorrhea and syphilis in the children of disease sufferers in the United States. Contrasting scenes of healthy children playing, and healthy happy 1920's families with wife, husband, and boy and girl children are shown. Opens with a sickly infant suffering from syphilis and birth defects passed on from the father. Girls born blind due to gonorrhea are seen playing with a ball. The disease has been passed on from the father to the mother. Constrasting scenes show healthy children as they climb a stone wall and tree. A girl holds flowers and boy and girl children gather nearby, all wearing early 20th century 1920s era clothing. A man proposes marriage to a woman as they sit on the steps of a house. He puts an engagement ring on her finger. Husband in suit enters a backyard. His son runs toward him happily to greet him. His wife and another child approach to greet him. Hammock in the background. Children play with their mother and father. Boys somersault on the lawn.
Automobiles, pedestrians, and street cars, attempt to negotiate the completely uncontrolled intersection of South Broadway and 7th Street in Los Angeles, California, in the early to mid 1920s. Bank of Italy (later the Bank of America) occupies the northeast corner of the S Broadway and 7th Street intersection. Scene shifts to New York City where a mounted police officer controls traffic at a busy intersection. He stops traffic in one direction, allowing crowds of pedestrians to cross and cars and street cars to proceed in other direction. In a quieter city, cars are parked in center of roadway and along curbs. pedestrians move on sidewalks and traffic moves easily. In a major city, Police officer stands in center of street and stops traffic for very large group of school children waiting to cross. They all run across when he gives them the OK. At another location, a policeman is posted at an intersection with a signal device to indicate "Stop" and "go." Scene shifts to an intersection in city of Detroit, with "Stop" and "Go" signal at corner. A woman crossing the street is almost hit by a car, but pulled out of its way, by a Detroit City Policemen posted in the center of the street. In another town, a policeman is seen in an elevated post at center of a street, with "Stop" and "go" signals under his control. Sign at front of the post reads: "Drive Safely Walk Right." Truck (with cyclist hitching a ride on the tailgate) proceeds with other vehicles on the "go" signal.