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.
The Piccards go on a stratosphere flight in Dearborn, Michigan. Jeannette Piccards joins her husband Jean Piccard in a perilous journey into the stratosphere. Attendants help them aboard. Souvenir hunters strip the gas bag after its landing at Cadiz, Ohio. The Piccards begin their flight with the help of a large balloon. A plane flies in the background. 'Piccards stratosphere flight' written on the balloon.
Henry Ford is seen standing beside his Ford Quadricycle, outside of his Bagley Avenue workshop building. Next scene shows Ford seated in the quadricycle, the first vehicle he built. Henry Ford standing in discussion with another man and looking at the rear of a Ford vehicle, with Henry Ford pointing at part of the car. The two men then walk past a line of various Ford cars representing many model years, all parked in front of the then recently restored Clinton Inn (formerly Eagle Tavern) at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. Final scene shows Henry Ford again seated in his quadricycle.
The Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour for the Edsel B Ford Trophy at Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan. A map depicts the path to be followed by the aircraft through 11 cities, during the Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour for the Edsel B Ford Trophy, taking off at the Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan. Several people gathered on the airfield at night. Fireworks in the sky at Dearborn airfield. Radio airplane flights featured at the airfield.
Assembly line workers in the Ford River Rouge plant attach Ford car body to car chassis. Henry Ford and his son, Edsel Ford, examine a Ford Model 18, with a V8 engine. Next scene is outdoors, with Edsel Ford seated behind the wheel of the one millionth Ford V8 car, a Deluxe Fordor sedan, which rolled off the line on June 20, 1934. Henry Ford and another company official stand beside the sedan. Next scene shows the two millionth 8 cylinder Ford car driving on the road. Prominent Lettering painted on the car identifies it as the 2 millionth Ford V8, a 1935 model 48 sedan. A line of several more 1935 model 48 sedans follow on the road behind it. Final scene shows Edsel Ford and Henry Ford in a 1936 Ford Deluxe Sedan as it is coming off of the final assembly line.
Large group of spectators gathers at Ford airport, Dearborn, Michigan. A Ford-Stout 2-AT passenger and mail transport aircraft ,one of several having the name, "Maiden Dearborn" , which is written on its tail along with: "Ford Airport of Michigan." The Ford logo is painted on its fuselage, as is "U.S. Mail." The field is snow covered. Aircraft taxis out with"assistance" from well-meaning spectators who push on the empennage as the plane moves. The airplane taxis to end of field and takes off.