Development of the railroad transportation in the United States. Animated map depicts the network of railroads in America. Freight trains parked on railroads at a yard. Buildings in the background. Many different Pennsylvania line locomotives pass by, merging into montage of the logos of various railroad companies including Missouri Pacific Lines, Canadian Pacific, Illinois Central and New York Central. Freight cars reach the Hump operation in railroad classification yard at Enola, Pennsylvania. Railroad cars undergo an inspection during their course. Railroad cars are are uncoupled and they move on tracks with gravity. Man operates at control tower. Tower operator works on the teletype list of number of railroad cars. Close up of track switching and track braking. View of refrigerator cars, flat cars, coal cars, steel cars, tanker, container and merchandised cars. A flat car with farm tractors on board.
Luxurious facilities provided to the train passengers during journey in the United States. Train moves over the Rockville Bridge across the Susquehanna River above Harrisburg and Enola, Pennsylvania. Mountains in the background. Passengers relax on the reclining chairs during the journey. Attendant helps a woman to place her luggage. Child opens a push door. Women go to the washroom and apply makeup. Man uses the public telephone service. Woman and girl sleep in a master bedroom. Men work on the electrification speed operations at the power directed room.
The 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Delegates enter the convention hall. Posters of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman. A sign reads 'I'm wild about Harry'. Signs read names of different states in the U.S. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Alben W. Barkley delivers a speech at the convention as he talks about administration under democratic leadership.
A car arrives at the White House in Washington DC. President Harry S. Truman is presented a Jewish Torah by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, first President of the newly declared State of Israel. Exterior view of White House. Truman with Secretary of State, George Marshall, by the fireplace inside the White House. They discuss world affairs looking at a globe. An animated map shows the increasing Soviet Communist influence in Europe. April 3, 1948, President Truman signs the Economic Assistance Act, know as the Marshall Plan, as members of Congressional leadership look on. Sacks of grain being off loaded at a dock in Italy, as part of Marshall Plan aid. Scene shifts to October 6, 1948 with crowd gathered outside the Democratic Convention at Convention Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Convention delegates applaud during President Truman's address. Officials on stage. Truman talks about his sincere desire to promote peace throughout the world. Pictures of Franklin Roosevelt and Alben Barkley on stage. The White House. Truman seated at a table.
The 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Views of car and bus traffic on Broad Street in Philadelphia, with City Hall in the background. A sign hung over the street reads " Welcome, Democratic National Convention." A giant braying donkey head that can move is mounted above an entrance, welcoming Democratic Party delegates. A woman with a sign on her back that reads 'Ike' in support of U.S. Army General Dwight David Eisenhower. Posters and banners in support of General Eisenhower. Next scene shows delegates removing signs for Eisenhower and a group in support of Justice William Douglas holds up their signs. James Roosevelt (son of Franklin D. Roosevelt) gets off a train with his wife and smiles. A group of Douglas supporters walk behind him on the train platform. A large poster shows William Douglas and a a sign in a window reads 'Official headquarters'. Candidate Claude Pepper is seen talking with supporters. Women march with posters of Democratic presidential candidate Harry S. Truman. A man seated in a car. Statesmen including candidate Alben Barkley seen in discussion.
The Bryn Mawr College for young women in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fine arts, sculpture and painting studies at various classes. Students in chemistry, biochemistry and physics laboratories. Girls riding bicycles, a girl practicing archery, girls playing tenns. A girl dives into a swimming pool from a diving board. Class student government representatives during a meeting. (Here the narrator mentions the students planning assistance for relief operations in Europe...a clue to the estimated 1948 date of this footage). The student government members meeting with a faculty member. Couples dancing at a school dance. Girls study books and notes for final exams preparation. Professor guides a student of archeology. Girls practice concerts in chorus for graduation ceremony. Girls sitting on the lawns and outdoor patios of Bryn Mawr College, reading, talking, an knitting.