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The 1937 Memorial Day massacre of strikers in Chicago Illinois

Approximately a thousand striking steel workers (and members of their families) are seen assembled on an open field, intent on picketing the Republic Steel Mill in South Chicago, where they are organizing a union. Many hold picket signs. A line of armed Chicago policemen extends across the area, blocking their way. Police officials stand near a paddy wagon. View of strikers standing toe-to-toe arguing with policemen. The next scene shows gunfire erupting and the strikers running away from the police. Gunfire continues as the crowd disperses in panic. Policemen follow the fleeing crowd and continue firing their weapons and beating strikers with night sticks. Several Plumes of tear gas can be seen rising from the ground. Several injured strikers are seen on the ground. One appears to be dead. Dust and fumes obscure much of the scene. As the air clears, police can be seen continuing to pursue the retreating group of strikers. They arrest a black striker. Dead and injured strikers are seen on the ground. Police arrest strikers, some of whom are injured, and place them in paddy wagons. Police drag the body of one fallen striker from behind a wagon. Several strikers gather around the body. Police continue to arrest people, including a woman. Policemen watch as strikers place body of fallen striker into back seat of a car.

Date: 1937, May 30
Duration: 1 min 27 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Joe Louis wins the boxing heavyweight world championship by defeating James J. Braddock in Chicago, Illinois.

Joe Louis wins the world heavyweight boxing championship in Chicago, Illinois. A large crowd and a large number of vehicles are on the road in front of Comiskey Park. Police gathered at the stadium for the bout. Stadium sign : 'Comiskey Park, Home of the White Sox'. Spectators enter into Comiskey Park. View of enthusiastic celebration among a throng of people in Harlem on news that Joe Louis, AKA the Brown Bomber, had defeated James Braddock. Pan view from feet to head of Joseph Louis Barrow (Joe Louis), the heavyweight boxing champion of America, after winning the world championship crown on June 22, 1937 against James J. Braddock (opponent) in round 8 in Chicago. View of James Braddock (nicknamed "Cinderella Man") seated with his family in an interview after he defeated Max Baer for the title, but before the fight with Louis. Braddock asks his son, "Now that Daddy is champ, what do you want him to get for you." His son replies that he'd like a bike. Braddock answers, "A big bicycle" and his son says yes. View of Braddock alone, with a bandage on his left ear. (Audio present at end of clip only during Braddock interview.)

Date: 1937, June 22
Duration: 37 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
A film sketch about U.S. President Ronald Reagan and tracing his personal history and career leading to the Presidency in the 1980 election.

Opening scene shows U.S. President Ronald Reagan holding a little girl, and then standing with officials and Secret Service agents, as he prepares to enter a car. Closeup of him smiling. Closeup of President Reagan signing his autograph for spectators in a crowd. Next, Reagan and his wife Nancy are seen on November 4, 1980 waving to supporters at the Century Plaza Hotel, celebrating his election victory as the 40th U.S. President. The President elect says a few words of thanks to them. Views of the crowd cheering. Adopted son, Michael Reagan holds his son Cameron as he and his wife, Colleen Reagan, join Ronald and Nancy Reagan on the stage, followed by daughter Patricia Reagan and son Ron Reagan. The crowd cheers the President elect and his family. At this point the film begins showing images about Ronald Regan's life, starting with baby pictures; his parents; Tampico, Illinois, where he was born; Dixon, where he is seen in a school picture and with boyhood friends. A photograph of "Dutch" Reagan President of his High School Class. Reagan in photo with other members of the Eureka College football team, in Eureka, Illinois. The seal of the college. Pictures of Reagan with college classmates and teammates. Reagan posing in bathing suit when he was swimming team coach. Young Reagan, after graduation, as a sports announcer, sitting at a microphone labeled: "WHO" in Davenport, Iowa. The broadcasting tower of that radio station. A Track and field event taking place. Reagan posing with a pipe in his mouth, at the WHO radio station in Des Moines, Iowa. A baseball game in progress before a full stadium of spectators. In 1937, a Chicago baseball team is seen boarding a ship to a Spring training camp in California. (Narrator states Reagan accompanied them.) Aerial view of buildings at the First National Studios (home of Warner Brothers) in Hollywood. Ronald and Nancy Reagan, circa 1952, being applauded at a gathering when he was President of the Screen Actors Guild. Views of Reagan in U.S. Army uniform. A U.S. Army C-47 aircraft taking off from a field under attack, with fires burning and smoke rising (possibly during Japanese December 7, 1941 attack on installations in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii). U.S. Airmen standing on a ramp next to a Douglas C-47B-1-DL transport aircraft (tail number: 43-16145). What appears to be a ViP version of a B-50 aircraft parked on a ramp with an honor guard at the stairway. Ronald Reagan, in uniform, signing up for active duty. Later, Captain Reagan, U.S. Army Air Forces, is seen with other uniformed men at a gathering in Warner Brothers studios. The entrance of Paramount Pictures studios in Hollywood. A large group of studio employees walking between buildings. Reagan speaking, as President, of the Screen Actors Guild, at an outdoor gathering. Actor Robert Young and film industry executives stand nearby. Reagan, as Chairman of the Motion Picture Industry Council, addresses a dinner gathering of that organization. He is also seen testifying before he House Committee on Un-American activities Committee (HUAC) on October 23, 1947.

Date: 1980
Duration: 5 min 54 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
American explorer, Ruth Harkness, brings a new baby panda to the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago,Illinois

Woman explorer, Ruth McCombs Harkness, (widow of explorer, William Harkness) brought the first live panda (named Su-Lin) into the United States, when she returned from an expedition, on December 18, 1936. Here she is seen in the Brookfield Zoo, in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield, Illinois, where she is playing with a second baby panda (named Mei Mei) that she acquired in 1937. A large group of children, enjoy the antics as she plays with the baby panda. At one point, Mrs. Harkness lifts Mei Mei up close to the chilren. Next, she holds Mei Mei close to Su-Lin, as zookeeper Sam Parratt holds the larger panda. The two pandas nuzzle one another.

Date: 1938, February 22
Duration: 34 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Models display clothes for to be brides at a fashion show in Chicago, Illinois.

A fashion show in Chicago, Illinois. Models display the dresses from Dame Fashion for to be brides during a fashion show at Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Models display bridal wear, gowns and swim suits at the fashion show.

Date: 1937, May 12
Duration: 53 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt addresses citizens of Chicago; scenes from 2nd Italo-Ethiopian War and Spanish Civil War

U.S. President Franklin D Roosevelt warns of an increasing danger of armed conflict. Roosevelt's motorcade on the streets of Chicago. A large crowd gathered to get a glimpse of the President. Confetti rained on the motorcade. Soldiers salute as the motorcade passes by. Policemen on motorbikes lead the motorcade. People gathered at the venue to hear the President's speech. A board advertises candy bars 'Baby Ruth, Butterfinger" in the background. President Roosevelt with officials on stage. He addresses the crowd. Excerpts from his speech are interspersed with scenes of war and conflict elsewhere in the world during the late 1930's. Roosevelt talks about peace, unjustified interference into affairs of other nations, aerial bombings, naval attacks, and war. Scenes of war carnage during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935-1936: Ethiopian soldiers on horseback cross a bridge, Italian forces fire artillery from a hill, aerial view as aircraft drop bombs. Italian soldiers pass a burning, smoldering building and overtake an Ethiopian position, with many Ethiopian soldiers lying dead. Ethiopian citizens in area of a war torn village. Bomb damage and war casualties on the street. Italian soldiers collect dead bodies and load them onto a truck. A ship quickly sinking after attack by a submarine. Scenes from battle during the Spanish Civil War in 1936 or 1937. Spanish nationalist and rebel soldiers engage in a battle in a village. Spanish prisoners are marched. Nationalist soldier fires machine gun from a balcony emplacement. Dead body on a road. Soldiers behind a barricade fire at opposition and carry wounded on stretchers. President Roosevelt concludes his speech with, "America hates war. America hopes for peace. Therefore, America actively engages in the search for peace." People applaud.

Date: 1937, October 5
Duration: 3 min 23 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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