Slate indicates that 200 million gallons of gasoline are used annually in the United States for power (in 1925). View of a busy city street, possibly New York City, circa 1925 with motor vehicle traffic, pedestrians and many tall buildings. Many early automobiles seen. A worker tests flash point of kerosene. Lighted candle in stuck block of paraffin (wax) showing wax or parrafin as a byproduct of petroleum. Slate indicates that petroleum provides motor fuel, common light, a lubricant for machinery and other important by-products.
Scenes from Central Park in New York City, United States. Families with children are seen throughout the park. Families relax under shade in the park. A family seated in a garden. A pram (stroller, carriage) in the foreground. A child seated on his father's lap on a park bench. Children laugh and enjoy. A happy and smiling boy. Families take children to watch the animals in the Central Park Zoo. Chimpanzee climbs on a bar. A Panda bear eating a bamboo shoot. A sleepy looking hippopotamus with his head lying down. Elsewhere in New York City as evening approaches: Vehicles on the street and passing under the Washington Square Arch. Skyscrapers in view. Evening in New York City. The Brooklyn Bridge is seen from ground level. Lights on the buildings and skyscrapers of New York at night.
World's Heavyweight boxing championship at Madison Square Garden in New York, United States. People outside the garden to watch the bout. German Boxer Max Schmeling walks in and people gathered around him. People purchase tickets for the boxing bout from a counter. A hand holds two tickets of the bout which reads James J Braddock vs Max Schmeling. Large sign at the Madison Square Garden Bowl advertising the boxing match. Sweeping views of the empty Madison Square Garden Bowl arena in Long Island City. Only one spectator seated in the stands.
Some restrospective scenes with William Jennings Bryan, assembled after his sudden death in Dayton, Ohio, shortly after the celebtrated "Scopes" trial in 1925. Bryan speaking in front of a residence. (Slate notes he ran for Presidency three times, and was Secretary of State in cabinet of President Woodrow Wilson.) Bryan wearing a cloak and hat, walking on a rainy day, in a city. Automobiles parked at the curb in the background. He smiles, stops and removes his hat to pose for the camera. Next, a closeup of Bryan, bareheaded. Scene shifts to New York City, in 1924, where Bryan stands with his brother, Charles W. Bryan, former Governor of Nebraska, who was nominated as Vice-Presidential candidate during the Democratic Party Convention. William Jennings Bryan conducting one of his weekly Bible classes and Sunday Sermon, to a large outdoor audience, from a stage, in Royal Palm Park, Miami, Florida. Closeup of him gesticulating as he speaks. Bryan and members of his family standing on the bayfront balcony of his residence,“Villa Serena," on the occasion of a visit by former U.S. President Warren G. Harding, who stands behind several Bryan grandchildren
A newsreel titled "Universal five wins Olympics basketball final" shows a game between the company team from Universal Pictures and the McPherson Globe Refiners from Globe Oil and Refining Co. of McPherson, Kansas. The McPherson team is sometimes also referred to as the Oilers, or the Refiners. The teams are seen playing in the Olympics Qualifying basketball final in New York's Madison Square Garden. People cheer the two teams. Universal defeats the McPherson Globe Refiners to win the Olympics final. The win entitled the Universal Pictures team to name 7 players to the Olympic basketball team representing the United States in the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin Germany, and McPherson Globe Refiners was able to name 6 players to the team. These two teams beat out five U.S. college teams to earn the spots in the final and determine the makeup of the U.S. Olympic Basketball team. Players in the game in this video clip include Globe Refiners forward Francis Johnson, Centers Willard Schmidt and Joe Fortenberry, and Universal forward Carl Knowles. Universal beat the Globe Refiners by a score of 44 to 43. According to a Time Magazine article of April 13, 1936, the Globe Oil & Refining team, "...have perfected a technique called dunking with which they score by jumping up above the basket, dropping the ball into it." This may be one of the earliest references to dunking, now a staple technique in basketball. The same Time article further stated of the Oilers, "On the defense, they prevent opponents from scoring by batting the ball out of the basket." Again, the Globe Refiners were demonstrating play that later became standard in modern basketball. The idea for the Globe Refiners was a company promotion scheme, thought up in 1934 by Gene Johnson, the Sales Manager of Globe Oil who had several years experience coaching basketball. The Olympic team also included Washington State Huskey player Ralph Bishop. The USA went on to win the gold, defeating Canada 19-8.
United States Army Air Service personnel demonstrate parachute jumps at Mitchel Field in New York. A sergeant on a plane with a parachute on his back. The sergeant jumps from the aircraft. He opens the parachute and lands without mishap. A view of the sergeant dropping from the aircraft. The second jump from the aircraft. A delay in opening of the parachute. The sergeant lands safely.