Exterior view of the The Chicago Coliseum in Chicago Illinois, at 15th and Wabash. U.S. flags decoratively displayed on the building as it hosts the 1916 Republican National Convention. Republican convention delegates parade on the streets near the Coliseum. The men hold the U.S. flags. A crowd gathered outside the coliseum. View of then Senator Warren G. Harding, the convention chairman, talking. Vehicles parked on the side of a road. Several dignitaries outside the building. A woman talks to an unidentified elderly delegate or attendee. Women suffragettes holding umbrellas in the rain moving on a road as they appeal for women's suffrage. The Presidential candidate Charles Evans Hughes. Charles Evans Hughes moves with other officials along a road. An official shakes hands with him. Closeup view of Charles Evans Hughes nodding his head.
Delegates to the Republican National Convention are seen walking along the sidewalk, on their way to the Coliseum in Chicago. They carry small American flags. Some carry valises. Closeup of Ohio Senator Warren G. Harding (future President) who would give the keynote address at the convention. He doffs his hat and speaks toward the camera.
Other key Republican figures are also seen. Rainy street scene outside the coliseum, where taxis are lined up and many delegates are walking along the sidewalk carrying umbrellas. Signs mark "entrance F" and "Press" entrance. Crowds of people carrying umbrellas form two wide columns on opposite sides of a rain wet street, each column walking in opposite direction from the other. One group includes many women in dark raincoats with white dresses showing below them. A live baby elephant (Republican mascot) stands in the street, covered with a blanket displaying the word "Votes."
Pedestrians walk, vintage automobile cars and trucks pass by, and horses pull carts along "grand canyon" of Chicago at LaSalle and Jackson streets intersection. Buildings and shops can be seen in the background and flanking the Chicago city streets.
A baseball game being played at Navin Field, in Detroit, Michigan. Based on the uniforms, the size of the crowd, and the action seen in the clip, this is very likely the second game of a doubleheader played by the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox May 30, 1916, on the holiday then known as Decoration Day (now Memorial Day). Clip opens with shots of one White Sox player, two Tigers players hitting. Camera pans across packed stands. Tigers outfielder and Hall of Famer Ty Cobb (with split grip on bat) reaches out to get a hit. White Sox catcher Ray Schalk removes mask, gets ready for throw. Detroit player tries to score; Schalk receives the ball, applies the tag. Umpire's call is difficult to discern. Action shifts to an overhead view. Three White Sox players score on a hit, the last one sliding past an attempted tag by Detroit catcher Oscar Stanage. Detroit pitcher Harry Coveleski gets final out of the inning. Detroit player reaches first base on infield error. The next batter pokes a ball over first baseman for a single. Other Tigers players hit. The Tigers would win this game 9-8.
Buildings, bridges and monuments of historical importance in Chicago, Illinois. View of bridges over the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, Illinois. In the Wacker historic district, close-up view of the Heald Square Monument featuring George Washington, Robert Morris, and Haym Salomon. Lion sculpture and entrance area of the Art Institute of Chicago. Tourists viewing displays and artwork inside the Art Institute. Exterior view of the Museum of Science and Industry. People entering the museum. A woman with her woman in a stroller or pram, drags the stroller backwards up the steps of the museum.
Film opens with hazy aerial views of Chicago Illinois. Scene shifts to views from vehicle driving on Chicago highway. A road sign reads"Des Plaines River Rd exits 1/2 mile ahead." A Boeing 727 commercial airliner is seen overhead with wheels down as it descends to land. Some 1960s cars drive past. View back, of the airliner descending above the highway, and of truck and cars passing the camera vehicle. Overhead road sign reads "Chicago Downtown 15 Miles." View of the Chicago skyline of buildings on Lake Michigan waterfront. View from slow moving aircraft of the Wrigley Building; the Michigan Avenue Bridge across the Chicago River; and the Tribune Tower. Camera continues to pan to East and then at building with "United Insurance" written near its top. Camera then swirls downward to river and bridges directly below and then back up from street and down again, ending on avenue near building displaying two American flags.