Montage of Americana spanning parts of the 1950s and 1960s. Science and technology in the United States. Scientists work in laboratories and conduct various experiments. Scientists look into microscopes and treat patients with scientific medical equipment. People relax at a beach and amusement park. People watch a baseball game. Spectators from behind the fences watch bucking horses in a rodeo. Playing golf. Ten pin bowling. Motorboats race in water. Water skiing. View at a football game, horse race, basketball game, and Joe Louis boxing. Ice skating with sails. Swimming pool and high dive. 1940s fashion scenes: Juke box; Pegged pants; bobby sox;saddle shoes and dancing to an orchestra. People Square dancing, fishing, throwing horse shoes, playing shuffle board and lunching in backyard. Americans enjoying parks with lakes, swimmers, boaters and lots of park benches, where they sit and relax. Contrasting scenes of poverty in America: poor tenement and slum housing; bread line food relief for the poor; criminals being apprehended by police in paddy wagons; African American and some white American people demonstrate by the reflecting pool near Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, DC, during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Demonstrators holding signs protesting racism, low wages, and poor housing; and advocating civil rights. Travel by Americans: People boarding an Air France airplane, airport scenes and people boarding a Pan Am (Pan American) passenger jet airplane. Ground level shot between art deco sleek passenger railroad trains in motion. People unload luggage from parked passenger bus. Aerial views of American highways with traffic and lots of mostly 1950s era cars and trucks. View of RV trailer park or camping area. Scene from moving car of undeveloped land and then of city at night with many neon signs for hotels, motels, food, and businesses. Vintage American suburban scenes of families tending their neighborhood yards,cutting their lawns, and raking leaves.
Closeup of a freighter steaming past the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. Sailors riding on a commercial bus near the entrance to the U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia. Traffic at the road intersection.Sign identifying the base. Views of ships docked at the base. Flags flying outside the Headquarters of NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT). View of the great map room inside the headquarters. Officers from various NATO countries seated for a briefing conducted by A U.S. Navy Captain circa 1954. The most senior officers, including the first SACLANT, Admiral Lynde D. McCormick, step close to the map, where he speaks to the briefing officer. Closeup of the briefing officer moving images of aircraft over the map in the vicinity of the Portuguese Azore Islands. Closeup of straits of Gibraltar and then of Brest and Cherbourg on the coast of France; the Western approaches to the British Isles; the Norwegian coast; Iceland; Northern Labrador; the whole seaboard of Canada and the United States. View of waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Glimpse back to Admiral McCormick at the briefing map and then to a partially submerged submarine moving in water of the Atlantic. Narrator mentions subs of the 1960s. U.S. nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine launches a polaris missile. Final view of briefing map.erge.
A view of Place de la Concord looking towards American Embassy. Obelisk of Luxor in the background. 1940s and 1950s cars and trucks on the busy roads of Paris. Exterior of museum of Art de Métiers. Open air philately stamp market and flame at the tomb of an unknown soldier at the base of the arc of triumph in Paris. 13 July 1956.
Activities of the U.S. Army Military Police. (Introductory scenes, from 1950 : A U.S. Army truck collides with a VW Beetle automobile in Europe. Local onlookers speak with the man and woman from the car. Local police arrive on scene. U.S. Army Military Police arrive and help resolve the matter with local police. ) U.S. Army Military Police insignia of two crossed flintlock pistols. A Military Policeman at attention. Military Police (MP) directing trucks and amphibious vehicles at a beachhead in Normandy, France, in 1944. U.S. Landing Craft at the beachhead. MPs directing military traffic in Town of Canisy, France.
During 1961 in build up to Berlin Crisis: Barbed wire on border seen from West Berlin side (initial Berlin Wall). Russian soldier uses binoculars to watch an approaching jeep. Jeep stops because of barrier. Sign shows 'Achtung 500m Schutzstreifen'. Men carry a box through woods fleeing or escaping into West Germany before the border was fully closed. A man with his bicycle passing over a narrow path into West Germany, as another man passes over on foot. People in a canoe approaching a west German bank of the river or lake as they flee from east Germany. A street bus approaches and parks near an intersection with street sign for "Marienfelder Allee." Men, women, and children refugees with their suitcases on a street as they gather near a refugee processing center, before heading into West Germany. A bulldog tied. A mother feeds her baby. Young refugees on streets, refugees board bus. A map show allocation of German parts to France, United States, England and Soviet Union. Traffic on road in Berlin, with view of the bombed (from World War 2) Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church or the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, in the background. Many German civilian pedestrians walking on streets in busy West Berlin. 1950's and 1960's cars and trucks on busy Berlin streets. People in outdoor cafe restaurant. Telefunken building is seen.
Post World War 2 improvements and advances in travel and transportation. An ocean-going ship is seen plying the waters of an estuary. A white tower is seen with moving radar antenna on top. A lone operator is seen at radar screens in the control room. He wears headset and microphone. Narrator notes how radar helps navigation in crowded estuaries like the Scheldt and the Malin. Captain onboard ship ostensibly speaking to the radar operator. Another radar antenna rotating rapidly. A British European Airways Vickers VC.1 Viking airliner at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam. Glimpses of other airplanes with European airlines identifications including, Belgian,Polish and Scandanavian Airlines DC-3s. A Portuguese DC-6 parked, and a KLM airlines DC-6, named the Vliegende Hollander, taxiing. A Sud-Est SE-161 Languedoc 4-engine airliner of Air France, taxiing.View of control tower and related buildings at the airport. A person marking a carton for air delivery. A man loads parcels from his automobile trunk, into a Scandanavian Airlines DC-3 aircraft. Venue shifts to Orly airport in Paris, France, where a DC-6 airplane sits in front of a terminal building. Preparations to greet a dignitary, including uniformed brass band seated at an awninged pavilion, and a military honor guard. A DC-4 aircraft parked in nearby background. Party going out to greet the dignitary, who turns out to be the President of France, Vincent Jules Auriol, arriving on an Air France Lockheed Constellation airliner. A large contingent of Army troops are assembled in formation to honor the arriving President. He strolls across the ramp, accompanied by a General and an Admiral, among others. He climbs stairs of the pavilion as the band plays La Marseillaise (National Anthem).