Worker wearing safety harness handles a twenty-ton glass disk in Corning, New York. The disk to be fitted into the world's largest telescope in California.
U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) celebrate their second anniversary in the United States. WAVES at a corn farm in Cedar Falls, Iowa as they detassle corn plants. The WAVES wearing U.S. Navy caps. They eat corn on the cob. At the Hunter College in New York : The WAVES parade as the Mayor of New York Fiorello H. La Guardia and officers review the parade. The WAVES carry the American flag as they march.
A film about youth in the United States producing food for war during World War 2, to aid the war effort. High school students seated in an auditorium. They are briefed by a man. A student talks to a teacher about a summer garden job . Students are taught to operate a tractor. A college girl operates a corn picking machine. A college girl drives a tractor. Tractor trolley loaded with corn. Women take out the corn from the tractor trolley. High school students pick orchard crops from trees in California. The students put the crops in crates.
The world struggle for oil is depicted. Use of components of oil in homes and in railroads in the United States is shown. A dramatization shows the effect of a kerosene lamp on social life. A woman seated in a chair near a table in a room. A kerosene lamp in a corner. A man opens the door of the room and walks in. The woman gets up and welcomes the man. They both walk to a seat and sit down. Another woman enters the room. The man stands to greet her. She increases the light of the lamp and then leaves the room. The man decreases the light of the lamp. The man and the woman talk. The 1893 replica of the 1831 DeWitt Clinton steam locomotive is shown in operation with its three carriage train, in New York City. The DeWitt Clinton was the first railroad locomotive to operate on the Mohawk & Hudson Railroad in New York. The reproduction seen here was built in 1893 by the New York Central Railroad for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. This footage was shot on July 17, 1921 when the DeWitt Clinton train was preparing for a trip to another exposition in Chicago. On this day it ran several times from 96th to 116th streets in New York City. New York Central employees are seen on the drain, dressed as passengers would have been in 1831. This replica was later displayed at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, and is is now on display at The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn Michigan. It was acquired by Henry Ford in 1934, in an agreement with the New York Central that it would continue to travel to events on occasion.
Newsreel titled 'Favorite Wins Trot Classic'. Civilians wearing hats move in to witness The Corn Tassel Derby harness horse racing in Goshen, New York. Horse race starts with participants giving tough competition to each other. Various trotting carts on dusty tracks during successive laps of the race. Yankee Maid wins the race and spectators rise from their chairs to cheer the winner.
Postwar ( World War II ) agriculture activities in the United States. Animated map of the United States shows areas where wheat, corn, dairy products, beef cattle, cotton, flax and lumber are produced. A woman works on a corn carrying conveyor belt. Two farmers unload hay stacks from a cart. A building. Officials and farmers attend a convention for increasing production. Women and children work on farms. A woman places bottles in shelves. Farm machinery is repaired. Cargo is loaded onto a ship. A farmer drives a tractor over snow covered farm land. A farmer uses new scientific machinery to grow hybrid corn and rust resistant wheat on a farm. Crops and cattle on farms. Insects on plants. Booklets to guide farmers to try new crops. Corn and pigs. Crates are loaded. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler with an officer. An officer rides a horse with troops.