A man stands on bridge over Almendares River waving fish for sale at cars driving between Miramar and Vedado, Havana. Distant view of bridge and river below. Children sitting at edge of a pond in Havana’s Biltmore neighborhood, with a woman standing near them. Gardens around the pond. Swans and ducks swim in the pond. View of Monument, to the Victims of the USS Maine, with the Hotel Nacional de Cuba in the background. View of local market. People and horse carts in the market. People purchasing fruits, other items and foods, including live poultry.
The involvement of the American soldier in the history and growth of the United States from early 1900s until roughly 1938 before World War 2. Scenes of Washington DC and Mount Rainier. Two Confederate and one Union Uniformed veterans of the Civil War walk together in the Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia. U.S. Soldiers marching during World War I. U.S Cavalry riding in parade during World War I. Views of cities and towns in which U.S. Army posts were established, in the United States. Army troops and cavalry creating trails and paths, and eventually railroads, in wilderness areas of the United States. View of the Presidio Army Base and the Golden Gate Bridge, California. Subtle references to U.S. Army accomplishments, curbing Mississippi River floods (Corps of Engineers) and conquering Yellow Fever (Army Doctor Walter Reed) with views of: point of view shot from moving railroad train in a Colorado canyon; a side wheeler River boat on the Mississippi River; a sugar cane field in Cuba. View of locks in the Panama Canal. Statue of World War I soldiers
Scenes of activity around the Iglesia de la Cathedral in Old Havana, Cuba. People entering and leaving the church. A man standing with a loaded cart. Military officers relaxing at table under tree in Old Havana. Soldiers marching into the ancient "Castillo De La Fuerza" (Castle of Strength) in Old Havana. A military officer walking in the area of the military garrison Castillo De La Fuerza located on the water in the port of Havana. Street scenes of Old Havana showing the Prado Promenade, with automobiles, pedestrians and a little black dog. Views of spectators crowding the Oriental Park Race Track, Marianao, Havana, Cuba. Horses and riders seen in various phases of horse racing: Going to starting gate, and finishing a race.
On July 4th Cubans celebrate the American Independence Day in Havana, Cuba as a sign of U.S. friendship. People in colorful dresses during a parade. A crowd on the streets to watch the parade. A Battleship Maine Monument. People gather near the monument and hold posters. They hold the flag of Cuba and march.
Casino de la Playa Orchestra performing at the Casino La Playa in Havana Cuba. Various musical instruments are played and the orchestra is led by conductor Guillermo Portela . Cuban dance music in which singer Miguelito Valdes, here seen playing the maracas, is featured. (Later, in 1940, Valdes was hired by Xavier Cugat as a singer.) People seen sitting behind the musicians. Nighttime illuminations on buildings. Patrons dining and dancing.
Casino de la Playa, a night club in Marianao Beach, Havana, Cuba. People sitting at tables. A man and a woman give a dance performance. Lights focused on the center. Audience cheer the dancers. Musicians of the Casino de la Playa Orchestra under Guillermo Portela play Cuban dance music. Men and women dance. A young Walfredo de los Reyes seen playing trumpet. Trombone, saxophone, and clarinet players also seen in close ups.and maraccas player and singer is Miguelito Valdes who would later be Xavier Cugat star singer in the early forties