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.
From the Ford Motor Company produced film, "Scenes From the World of Tomorrow" documenting the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York City. View of buildings of the New York World's Fair of 1940. The Brooklyn Bridge. Aerial view of Manhattan Island, New York City. Skyscrapers of New York City including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. New York Harbor and ships in the harbor. View of the buildings of the New York Worlds Fair in the distance in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as seen from high in a skyscraper of New York City. The Fair's Trylon and Perisphere stand out. People walk along the sides of fountains and waterways at the fair. Crowds milling about, bands marching, dancers performing. Flags of many nations flying on the flag poles. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of George Washington, as the first President of the United States and a statue of George Washington. A bus moves on the street. Fountains and a small bridge near a waterway. Pavilions of nations of England, Japan, and Italy. The USA building and some of the buildings of U.S. States including Maine and Florida. Fountains and waterways of the fair. Woman and two girls eat ice cream cones. A Raymond Loewy - designed S1 experimental streamlined locomotive created for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Pavilions of American Telephone & Telegraph and of United States Steel Corporation, also of Westinghouse, Goodrich, Chrysler, and General Motors.
Contestants in swim wears walk on ramp during "Miss Modern Venus" contest at Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, New York. Breasts of contestants are measured by judging men using tape measure. (A short clown tries to reach up and measure one tall contestant.) Bust sizes of several women being measured with tape measure. Winner Grayce Reilly poses after winning the contest. Winner's crown placed on her head.
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.