President Woodrow Wilson and Mrs. Wilson arrive to inaugurate a military camp for training women of Chevy Chase, Washington. Women and military officers stand on the field. President and his wife arrive. They walk amidst the women and officers. They raise the flag.
Members of President Truman's administration and other politicians and celebrities play, with golfing professionals, at Columbia Country Club, Chevy Chase, Maryland, near Washington DC. Among the notables seen are: Margaret Truman, the President's daughter; General Omar Bradley; Senator Robert Taft; and singer-movie star, Bing Crosby, who sinks a putt and winks at the camera.
A film titled 'Dawn Strikes the Capitol Dome' depicts an impressionistic study of Washington DC on a typical day during the Great Depression in the mid 1930s. The U.S. Capitol Building. The Washington Monument. Vehicles driven on a street. A man crossing a wide street of Washington DC. Policemen control the traffic. A woman runs on a street. A horse drawn carriage on the street and a sign reads 'Thompson Dairy'. A man gets down from the dairy carriage to deliver milk bottles. Traffic on the streets. A woman sweeps a house. A man breaks apart a large ice block into smaller chunks. A man waters a garden. A train arrives at Union Station, with closeup view from tracks as locomotive comes to a halt just in front of the camera position. A Pullman car porter places a Pullman step stool on the ground and passengers exit the train. People board a street car or trolley car with sign indicating it is bound for Chevy Chase Maryland. A man in shabby clothing, possibly unemployed jobless seated on a pathway; he stands and walks off. People exit a city bus when it comes to a stop. Construction of a wide sidewalk and men at work building the sidewalk path. Equestrian statue of Ulysses Grant riding Cincinnati on Capitol Hill. A saddle goods and leather shop with a statue of a horse in front of the store. Construction of a building underway, and a steam shovel at work excavating. A Washington street and buildings on either side of the street. A sign reads 'Right Turn Now'. A policeman directs traffic. Elevated views of car and streetcar or trolley traffic on the streets of Washington DC. Another policeman controls the traffic. Many 1930s era automobiles are seen. Point of view shot from inside a moving streetcar or trolley on roads of Washington DC; view of street car driver and passengers riding in the street car. Civilians ride bicycles. A large wheel tricycle leans against a tree in the background. Men attached to ropes work trimming tops of a tree. Sport equestrian riders ride horses on a large green area with the Lincoln Memorial in the background. A person tees off a golf ball on the National Mall. A sign reads 'Do Not Talk to Guard'. Men dive off diving boards in a swimming pool. Children play and splash in the waters of the Columbus Fountain sculpture at Union Station. A sail boat underway on the Potomac River. A woman holds a pet parrot bird on her finger and talks to it. A sign reds 'Please Give The Garden A Chance' as a man walks right beside it. A man lying on grass beside the Potomac River. Brief view of the Lieutenant General George Washington equestrian statue at Washington Circle.
Maryland State Police motorcycle patrolmen at their post, with sign "Maryland State Police - Substation A". A police patrolman notices a moving violation by a motorist and gets on his motorcycle to pursue. The police officer pulls over the motorist and is seen writing a ticket for the woman driver in the car. A police officer on foot stands at a busy intersection and gives hand commands to control traffic at a bend on highway. Winter time views show a a big snow plow as it removes snow from highways during winters. Many 1920's and 1930's automobiles, including cars, trucks, and buses are seen on American roads and highways. A car passes on a bridge. Cars drive on a four lane. Next scene shows the Statue of Liberty as seen up close from an approaching boat. Final scene shows Bandmaster and United States Marine Corps band as they play. The conductor turns and takes a bow.
General Motors film entitled: "It's up to US," explains how to maintain private cars during World War 2, when all manufacturers switched to production of war materiel. Bugler, in U.S. Army uniform, blows reveille. Montage of American scenes, including homes and gardens; mountains; forests and lumberjacks felling a tree; an oil well gusher spewing crude oil; open pit mining operations; Niagara falls; flock of sheep grazing; workers picking cotton and it being delivered to a processing plant by horse-drawn wagon; a large log being cut into boards in a lumber mill; steel being manufactured for the war effort; a woman saving foods in a refrigerator; a man cutting his lawn; a woman vacuuming her carpet; a taking clothes from a washing machine; a farmer plowing with a tractor; automobiles on American road and in parking lot of a defense plant. A driver with worn and dented 1938 Chevrolet car parked in front of a home is assisted by another who drives up behind him in a 1941 Oldsmobile and gives him a push. Sign at a Chevrolet service garage reading: "Official O.P.A. Tire Inspection Station." A 1942 Chevrolet 2-door fastback car drives into the garage. Mechanic greets driver and begins routine service, including: adding distilled water to battery; draining oil from car up on hydraulic lift. Scene shifts to a mechanic lubricates fittings on a 1937 Chevy on a lift at a gas station. Scene reverts to the earlier garage where mechanic drains cooling system, and refills it. The mechanic removes the carburetor and services it on a bench. He checks distributor rotor and makes compression checks. He cleans and re-gaps spark plugs, and checks tires and brakes. Cars driving on a town street. Mechanic aligning wheels on 1941 Chevrolet. Animated illustrations of tire wear from alignment problems. Servicing air in tire of 1942 2-door Chevy. More animated illustrations of tire problems. Illustrated explanation of rotation for bias tires.
Several Keystone LB-5s (triple tails) and LB-5As (double tails) move across an airfield, circa 1928. Test bombing of captured German battleship, Ostfriesland, in 1921. Smoke arises due to bombing. A formation of four Martin NBS-1 bombers over the former USS Alabama (BB-8), in the Chesapeake Bay, on September 23, 1921. A white phosphorus bomb explodes atop the ship raising a huge white cloud. One of the Martin bombers flies low over the water drops a smoke curtain.