Subway train with Coney Island destination sign on its front, arrives in station. Coney Island in Brooklyn borough of the New York City. Sign reads ‘Coney Island Stillwell Avenue Exit’. Pedestrians cross a road. Crowded beach at Coney Island. People swim in water. People walking on the boardwalk. Parachute jump tower at the Coney Island. People enjoy thrill rides including Ferris wheel and roller coaster at Coney Island. Soldiers and sailors among those enjoying the rides. View of Coney Island at night.
Steeplechase Park stages its annual bathing Beauty contest for grandmothers at Coney Island in New York. Grandmothers in swimsuits participate in the contests. Judges mark the contestants. Mrs. Theresa Caffrey, aged 81, wins the contest.
Streets of New York city around the turn of the 20th century, showing horse-drawn vehicles and people, in dress of the times, going about their daily affairs.Transportation is primarily dependent upon the horse. A man and woman on the street pull a fire alarm and scene shifts to a firehouse with firemen responding to alarm, sliding down a pole and hitching up their horses and engines. The Horse-drawn fire engines rush down the street as spectators watch from the sidewalks. City street with merchants selling wares outside, in front of their establishments. Boys,wearing knickers (knickerbocker trowsers) playing stickball in the street. Horses pulling wagons underneath the elevated railroad train tracks, where a steam locomotive is pulling a passenger train. People gathering in front of a baseball park advertising a game between New York and Chicago. Scenes of amusements at Coney Island. Women gather to climb aboard an open train to an amusement.Views of the "Shoot-the-Chute" concession at Luna Park, with patrons riding down the chute in boats. Women patronizing a concession that offers camel rides. The beach at Coney Island, crowded with bathers, on its sands. City dwellers cooling off in water from a fire hydrant on the city street in front of their houses.
Steeplechase Park on Coney Island New York. Women and children sit on a rotating wheel of a ride called the Human Roulette Wheel. Many have slid from the center of the wheel and lie trapped at its outer edge until the ride is finished. Rocking bridge. Water ride, Steeplechase ride, with horses on steel tracks. Staircase from 'Golden Stand' to top of the slide. People slide down. 'Steeplechase' stand in background. People watch 'Human Pool Table,' where persons are seen coming out of a chute (slide) onto a table with rotating discs that shunted them about in all directions. Man at Steeplechase stand. Gents Toilet in background. People take a roller coaster ride. Men and women on Coney Island beach.
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.
American Jitterbug dancers seen at a contest in 1938. View of shoes, as wearers beat time to music. Stadium of people cheer for a dancing cinematographer. In contrast, Nazi troops seen parading by torchlight. Nazi flags everywhere and Nazi party ceremonies, overseen by Adolf Hitler, in Germany. Nazis burning books. "Attention Jews" with skull and crossbones painted on stores and business establishments. Nazi Storm Troopers intimidating Jewish businesses and advocating boycott. Glimpse of Heinrich Himmler, in foreground, and Hermann Goering, in center of group of Nazi officials. Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive bombers attacking Poland in 1939. German artillerymen firing heavy guns. A German railroad gun firing. German paratroopers jumping from Ju-52 trimotor transport aircraft. In contrast, patrons are seen descending in parachutes on the Parachute Jump ride at Coney Island Steeplechase Park, in Brooklyn, New York. Life Savers company sponsorship sign seen atop the parachute jump tower. People eating hot dogs, and firing guns at the shooting gallery on Coney Island's boardwalk. Germans march Polish prisoners of war. German troops entering Denmark and Norway. German troops passing a road sign for Chemin des Dames in Picardy, Northern France. Bomb exploding at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. American forces engaged in war against japan in the Pacific and against the Axis powers in Europe. U.S. soldiers throwing hand grenades. American wounded being carried on litters. People cheering liberating Allied forces in a European town. British soldiers on a vehicle displaying cartoon of Churchill. Soviet forces advancing in snow. U.S. steel and war plants in operation. Men and women working in American defense plants and war materiel factories, using drills, lathes, and power tools in the spirit of "Rosie the riveter." C.I.O. Poster to promote voting, during the war. Closeup of Sidney Hillman, President of Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Spectators line sidewalks to get glimpse of President Franklin D.Roosevelt (FDR) in a motorcade. Silhouette of two soldiers helping wounded comrade. FDR's funeral cortege. U.S. troops taking a break, in a war zone. American school children run into a field. An atomic bomb explosion.