A lotus field in Grass Lake, Illinois. A lotus bed on a lake. A bow of a boat as it nears the lotus bed. A man and women in the boat. The women pluck lotus flowers. A young lotus seed in the field.
A film titled 'Dawn Strikes the Capitol Dome' depicts an impressionistic study of Washington DC on a typical day during the Great Depression in the mid 1930s. The U.S. Capitol Building. The Washington Monument. Vehicles driven on a street. A man crossing a wide street of Washington DC. Policemen control the traffic. A woman runs on a street. A horse drawn carriage on the street and a sign reads 'Thompson Dairy'. A man gets down from the dairy carriage to deliver milk bottles. Traffic on the streets. A woman sweeps a house. A man breaks apart a large ice block into smaller chunks. A man waters a garden. A train arrives at Union Station, with closeup view from tracks as locomotive comes to a halt just in front of the camera position. A Pullman car porter places a Pullman step stool on the ground and passengers exit the train. People board a street car or trolley car with sign indicating it is bound for Chevy Chase Maryland. A man in shabby clothing, possibly unemployed jobless seated on a pathway; he stands and walks off. People exit a city bus when it comes to a stop. Construction of a wide sidewalk and men at work building the sidewalk path. Equestrian statue of Ulysses Grant riding Cincinnati on Capitol Hill. A saddle goods and leather shop with a statue of a horse in front of the store. Construction of a building underway, and a steam shovel at work excavating. A Washington street and buildings on either side of the street. A sign reads 'Right Turn Now'. A policeman directs traffic. Elevated views of car and streetcar or trolley traffic on the streets of Washington DC. Another policeman controls the traffic. Many 1930s era automobiles are seen. Point of view shot from inside a moving streetcar or trolley on roads of Washington DC; view of street car driver and passengers riding in the street car. Civilians ride bicycles. A large wheel tricycle leans against a tree in the background. Men attached to ropes work trimming tops of a tree. Sport equestrian riders ride horses on a large green area with the Lincoln Memorial in the background. A person tees off a golf ball on the National Mall. A sign reads 'Do Not Talk to Guard'. Men dive off diving boards in a swimming pool. Children play and splash in the waters of the Columbus Fountain sculpture at Union Station. A sail boat underway on the Potomac River. A woman holds a pet parrot bird on her finger and talks to it. A sign reds 'Please Give The Garden A Chance' as a man walks right beside it. A man lying on grass beside the Potomac River. Brief view of the Lieutenant General George Washington equestrian statue at Washington Circle.
The U.S. Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois, during World War I. (now called Naval Station Great Lakes, or NAVSTA Great Lakes). Trucks and cars are driven through the main entrance gate. Sailors in uniforms walk in and out of the gate. A building near the gate. A sign on the building reads: 'US Naval Training Station, Great Lakes Illinois'. A flag flutters from a flag pole outside a building. Smoke from chimneys of a factory. Wide ranging views of many buildings at the training station from elevated and ground positions. View of barracks.
Visitors walking about on the ramp of the Ford Airport, in Dearborn Michigan, during the 1930 Ford Commercial Reliability Tour. Many are lined up by a fence, looking at a squadron of U.S. Army Air Corps Curtiss P-1 Hawk pursuit airplanes parked in the grass. Scene shifts to closer to terminal building where visitors stroll amongst a variety of planes parked on the ramp. Buildings of the Greenfield Village are seen in the background, especially the Clock Tower. In near background, the squadron of P-1 airplanes have engines running. Camera moves and focuses on those aircraft. A light plane is seen inflight overhead. One of the P-1s taxis on the ramp. Next, woman aviator, Nancy Hopkins is seen in the cockpit of her Viking Kitty Hawk B4 biplane, NC30V. She is wearing helmet and goggles, and appears to have just parked her airplane. Two men greet her (one wearing a cowboy hat, of sorts). She turns and smiles for the camera. Then she removes helmet and goggles and climbs down from the cockpit, to pose next to her airplane, displaying the number “22” on its fuselage. On the plane’s tail, is written,”Kittyhawk” in large letters, followed by “ Kittyhawk Flying Boat Company, New Haven, Conn.” Camera shows formations of U.S. Army P-1s in flights of three, airborne overhead. A solo stunt airplane is seen next.
A U.S. Army Reorientation film. Recreational facilities in New York City's Central Park. Aerial view of Central Park with skyscrapers of Manhattan seen flanking it. View of 59th street and park entrance. View of horse-drawn hansom cabs and the Seal Pool. People feeding pigeons. Children in park. Cart pony rides at the zoo. People watch zoo animals. Various lakes in park. People on boats in lakes. People fishing. View of Bethesda Fountain. Various statues. Weather station and Cleopatra's Needle. People enjoy concerts at Central Park Mall. President Harry S Truman makes an address in the park. People enjoy Square dancing with caller, dancing at the Tavern On The Green, playing tennis, softball game, basketball, football, horseback riding, winter sports, snowman, pitching horseshoes, playing checkers, laying-relaxing on benches and grass.
Aircraft parked in a row on the airfield during the 1930 Ford Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour at Ford Airport. Woman pilot, Nancy Hopkins,poses for the camera, wearing a leather jacket and a beret. Men in view behind her on the airfield. William Stout, an executive at the Ford Motor Company, converses with three men. Next, they are seen in front of a Ford Trimotor airplane. A squadron of U.S. Army Air Corps Curtiss P-1 Hawk pursuit planes is seen parked in a line on the grass. The Clock Tower at Greenfield Village appears in the background behind them. From a height above, the camera pans over spectators lined up on the ramp at edge of the flying field.