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.
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.
Grandmothers at a beauty contest at Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, New York. Old women in black swim suits by the pool side. Mrs Matilda Gebhard presented the winner's trophy.
Scenes from the New England Hurricane of 1938 (or Great New England Hurricane) (or Long Island Express) (or The Great Hurricane of 1938). Hurricane hitting U.S. Eastern Seaboard on September 21, 1938. The Coast from New Jersey to New England felt its effect. Cars and people drenched with water in streets. Policemen wade through hip deep water. New York is whipped by 70 mile-an-hour winds and the raging sea pouring tons of water far inland. A man retreats from a dock as waves pour water on him. Outcome of hurricane shows broken ships, downed trees, and devastation at the water front in coastal areas including Atlantic City, New London Connecticut, and Long Island. Firemen in New London Connecticut battle fires. Aerial view of destroyed shoreline and beached boats in New London. Broken cars crushed by fallen trees. Crowds gather to look at damage as a lone sentry guards against looting. Boats along the Atlantic Coast are destroyed. A boat is seen on a road in front of Merkel's Delicatessen. View of a train that was derailed by the hurricane on Long Island. Shot of a car that was carried far off a roadway and impaled on an upright beam.
Steeplechase Park's 25th annual Modern Venus Contest (bathing beauty parade) at Coney Island, New York. One Hundred and twenty five girls compete in Steeplechase Park's 25th annual Modern Venus Contest Girls in bikini parade by a pool. Male judge uses a measuring tape to measure the bust size and waist size of a female contestant. Nineteen year old brunette Elissa Winston wins the competition. Elissa Winston poses with the trophy.
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.