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1939 Tool and die workers strike against General Motors in United States

R.J. Thomas, President of the UAW (Union of Auto Workers) speaks to members of the Union's Executive Board. They are discussing the Tool and Die Makers, who are part of the UAW. Scenes of Tool and Die Makers at work in an auto factory. They decide to go on a strike against General Motors, if necesary. Walter Reuther, National Director of UAW General Motors department informs the press about the underlying facts and issues. Newpaper headline reads: Newspaper headline reads: "Plants reopen peacefully, " when the UAW initially fails to back the Tool and Die Maker's walkout. Workers demonstrate by shouting slogans, marching in protest and carrying banners with slogans. Scenes of rioting in the streets of Detroit, Michigan. Picketing workers are seen as General Motors experimental lab workers and then the engineers also join the strike. Soon it spreads nationwide. Strikers line up for refreshments as they walk the picket lines. The United Auto Workers, Congress of Industrial Organization (UAW-CIO) is now battled by General Motors Corporation. Union members line up at tellers windows to pay their union dues.

Date: 1939
Duration: 6 min 37 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Police guard the General Motors plant against striking tool and die workers in Detroit, Michigan

Large numbers of Detroit police guard the General Motors plant against striking workers at the Chevrolet Gear and Axle plant in Detroit, Michigan. They permit only four pickets in front of the plant. Police on horseback and with motorcycles and on foot. Workers protest and address a rally. Worker's children cross the police line and picket. The police finally relent and picketing continues unabated, closing the plant. Scene of Courthouse in Saginaw, Michigan, where General Motors obtained a Court Injunction against picketing. View of the Court order. Union members read and discuss the injunction.

Date: 1939
Duration: 2 min 31 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
View of banks, church, public park, Belle Isle, busy streets and Bob-Lo steamship SS Columbia leaving dock in Detroit, Michigan

In Detroit Financial District, people in front of First State Bank Building at 751 Griswold at Lafayette in Detroit, Michigan. (The building was designed by Albert Kahn and Corrado Parducci, and later housed the Olde Discount Corporation). Interior of First State Bank Building, Detroit. Street view of First National Building under construction at 660 Woodward Avenue in Detroit (for First National Bank and other tenants). Automobile traffic on streets of Detroit. People leave Sweetest Heart of Mary, Roman Catholic Church, located on Russell Street at the corner of East Canfield avenue, in a historic Polish parish. (The neighborhood at the time was predominantely Polish.) In the distance is another Polish parish and Saint Josaphat Church located on East Canfield at the corner of Hastings Street (which is now the I 75 freeway). Heavy traffic on a main boulevard. Children play in playground on swings and slides. People and pigeons in a park. Heavy traffic on a street. Large crowd on shore and others in canoes in water at Belle Isle. Crowd streams through gate at dock to board the steamship ferry "Columbia" of the Detroit, Belle Isle and Windsor Ferry Company, with sign "Bob-Lo Route" on the side. Boblo Steamship SS Columbia (designed by Frank Kirby) filled with passengers underway on the Detroit River bound for Bob-Lo Island in Ontario Canada.

Date: 1921
Duration: 3 min 8 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Baseball game between Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox, likely Memorial Day 1916

A baseball game being played at Navin Field, in Detroit, Michigan. Based on the uniforms, the size of the crowd, and the action seen in the clip, this is very likely the second game of a doubleheader played by the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox May 30, 1916, on the holiday then known as Decoration Day (now Memorial Day). Clip opens with shots of one White Sox player, two Tigers players hitting. Camera pans across packed stands. Tigers outfielder and Hall of Famer Ty Cobb (with split grip on bat) reaches out to get a hit. White Sox catcher Ray Schalk removes mask, gets ready for throw. Detroit player tries to score; Schalk receives the ball, applies the tag. Umpire's call is difficult to discern. Action shifts to an overhead view. Three White Sox players score on a hit, the last one sliding past an attempted tag by Detroit catcher Oscar Stanage. Detroit pitcher Harry Coveleski gets final out of the inning. Detroit player reaches first base on infield error. The next batter pokes a ball over first baseman for a single. Other Tigers players hit. The Tigers would win this game 9-8.

Date: 1916, May 30
Duration: 1 min 3 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Game 7 World Series baseball match between Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals in Detroit Michigan

Scenes from game 7 of the World Series in 1934: Detroit Tigers, of Detroit, Michigan play against the St. Louis Cardinals from St. Louis, Missouri, at Navin Field in Detroit Michigan. The players include Frankie Frisch, Mickey Cochrane, Dizzy Dean and Joe "Ducky" Medwick. The players playing the game. Notable persons watching the game include: Henry Ford, son Edsel Ford, Will Rogers and R Judge Landis (Kenesaw Mountain Landis), the first Commissioner of Major League Baseball. A large crowd of spectators watch the game in the stadium. Fans throw pop bottles and fruit onto the field in the 6th inning of game 7 after Cardinals star Ducky Wucky Medwick slides into the Detroit 3rd baseman Marv Owen. Medwick is removed from the game by Commissioner Landis. St. Louis Cardinals with its infamous "Gashouse Gang" win the game and the series. From a "25 years ago today" retrospective in a UN newsreel, dated September 24, 1959.

Date: 1934, October 9
Duration: 1 min 15 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Pedestrian and vehicular traffic on the streets of Detroit, Michigan.

Pedestrian and street car traffic at intersection of a street in Detroit, Michigan (1920). View of road with hairpin curves (1916). Views of City Street with pedestrians, buses and automobile traffic in Detroit, Michigan (1929). Heavy automobile traffic on Miller Road in Detroit, Michigan (1929).

Date: 1929
Duration: 1 min 49 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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