Trucks of the 1919 U.S. Army Motor Transport convoy raise dust as they speed along a dirt road section of the Lincoln Highway, in Illinois. Scene shifts to soldiers standing around one of their trucks completely overturned in a ditch off a road near Fulton, Illinois. More than two dozen spectators stand above on the road embankment watching as soldiers prepare to rescue the truck. View from the embankment above, of soldiers working around the overturned truck. Next, local people are seen pulling on cable or hawser wrapped around a pulley (unseen) and thence to chain on front of the now upright truck. They move it through grass and shrubs, from the place where it fell. The steel canopy and canvas cover of the truck are flattened. But its engine, chassis, and steering wheel (manned by a driver) appear intact. A crowd watches from the road embankment in background.
The 1919 Motor Transport Corps convoy en route from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco, California. The Convoy of U.S. Army trucks is seen moving slowly, over the Lyons-Fulton Bridge across the Mississippi River at Clinton, Iowa. While crossing the bridge, the convoy is led by an open car displaying an American flag, followed by a bicyclist. Pedestrians walk along side walkway crossing the bridge in the opposite direction. The convoy of Army trucks driving along a highway after crossing the Mississippi. Sign at side of road reads: "Bay State." Sign on one truck reads: "Frisco." Trucks display logo of U.S. Army Corps of engineers. The convoy driving along a road parallel to a railroad line. Next sequence shows one truck attempting to pull another that has been mired down in mud, in Nebraska. After some effort, the truck is successfully pulled out of the mud.
Mine workers on the rail coaches with machine guns in their hands at Fulton County mines in Canton, Illinois. Men patrol. National Guard companies march on a road.
Soldiers ride the trucks of the 1919 U.S. Army Motor Transport convoy as they ascend the Blue Ridge mountains. An accompanying soldier on a motorcycle steers around the camera as he passes. Next, the convoy is seen driving down Market Street in the Village of East Palestine, Ohio, where welcoming flags and banners have been strung across the road, and local people watch from the sidewalks. Later the trucks are seen moving smoothly over a concrete section of the Lincoln Highway in Illinois. Telephone and power poles line the road on both sides.
Scenes from a test flight of Robert Fulton's "airphibian" in Danbury Connecticut. The two seater aluminum small coupe lands and its inventor, Robert Fulton, a descendent of steam boat inventor Robert Fullton, is seen. Fulton unscrews and removes the propeller. Then the fly hook wings and fuselage are removed to convert the plane into a car. Fulton drives the car (free of its aircraft parts) on a road, passing another car.
Glimpse of the U.S. Capitol dome. Members of Congress and associated staff and other persons are seen gathering in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC , on April 2, 1917,. for the first session of the 65th U.S. Congress of the United States (following a special session in March). Many people sit on the steps and others gather in clusters. Scene shifts to Jeannette Rankin, Republican representative from Montana, and the first woman elected to Congress. She and a man are trying to unfold a large American flag before the camera. Soon two more men help and they hold the flag spread out as Representative Rankin poses in front of it. Next, James Beauchamp "Champ" Clark, Democratic representative from Missouri (who would be elected Speaker of the House) shakes hands with James Robert Mann, Republican representative from Illinois, who served as House Minority Leader from 1911-1919. Elsewhere in Washington, Jeannette Rankin stands with suffragist Carrie Catt, in the back of an open car in front of the Washington D.C. headquarters of the National Woman's Suffrage Association. Rankin holds a bouquet of flowers. An American flag is displayed nearby. Next the car is seen pulling away, causing Rankin to fall back and sit, from where she was standing, in the back seat. Two more cars full of women follow. A cordon of police officers begins to move a crowd back, and two mounted policemen direct people away from the Capitol buildings. (Note: In this first session of the 65th Congress , on April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declaration war on Germany.)