Frido W. Kessler and his rocket-propelled mail plane. (Allegedly, the first scheduled mail-delivery rocket flight) Kessler is seen in his workshop with his test stand and apparatus. Launch of Kessler's first winged liquid-fueled (liquid oxygen and Kerosene) mail rocket plane on frozen Greenwood Lake, New York, February 23,1936. Launch team opens the nose to insert mail into the rocket-propelled glider plane (reportedly designed by German rocket pioneer Dr. Willy Ley). Kessler poses with a little girl, Gloria Schleich Quackenbush, for whom the plane is named. She holds a silver cup of snow. They are surrounded by a cluster of men. Photographic equipment is set up next to them. The girl, Gloria, empties the cup of snow onto the tail of the rocket plane, to Christen it "Gloria (I)." Launch team fueling the rocket from containers. A technician in fireproof protective suit lights fuel at tail of the plane. It flares up in flames and then settles down with normal rocket burn, and leaves the launch stand. (A second rocket plane is seen sitting on the ice near the launch stand.) The rocket glider only goes about 20 feet before falling onto the ice. Team members look over the stand and prepare to try again with Kessler's second plane, the "Gloria (II)." They load the mail (6000 letters and postcards) into the nose and set the plane on the launch stand. It launches very nose high, and strikes the ice near the stand. But the rocket motor continues to propel it across the ice until it takes off again and continues, a way in the air until flipping over and crashing on the ice. View of people surrounding the broken plane on the ice. (Note: The second attempt carried the Gloria II and its mail, about 2000 feet, far enough to cross the border from New York into New Jersey, constituting an interstate mail delivery, and making the letters and post cards worthy mementos of the event.)
1936: Rocket testing in Greenwood Lake, New York. A rocket experimenter working at mail-carrying 'rocket plane'. Rocket plane launched through a catapult. Rocket plane in flight.
A rocket airplane fails in the 1st mail test in Greenwood Lake, New York. A rocket designed to carry mail at a tremendous speed, is prepared for a launching. 'Gloria' written on the rocket. Men work with fueling tanks. The rocket on a ramp for launch. German-American rocket scientist, Willy Ley, wearing protecting gear, ignites the rocket. The rocket starts and flops on snow covered ground.
Experimenters place rocket plane (named Gloria), intended to carry postal mail, on a launch ramp. The rocket is ignited and the rocket aircraft rises but quickly falls to the frozen surface of the lake. It scoots along the ice.
Counting of votes after the 82nd Congress Elections. Men and women calculate the results. An Election Commissioner impounds and rechecks the voting machines. New York Republican candidate W Kingsland Macy smokes a pipe. New York Democratic candidate Ernest Greenwood. Newspaper headlines about Governer Democrat G Williams' win against Harry Kelly. Williams shakes hands with a supporter. The U.S. Capitol in Washington DC. The 82nd Congree in session. Former Governer of New York Democrat Herbert Lehmen returns to the Senate.
Crowd cheers and waves during New York Yankees and New York Giants game in the 1936 World Series at Polo Grounds IV in Manhattan, New york. Yankee manager, Joe McCarthy and Giants manager, Bill Terry on the field and they shake hands. Governor of New York State Herbert H. Lehman throws out first pitch, with Mayor La Guardia beside him. Babe Ruth, guest of honor, watches the match. Crowd cheer as the game proceeds. In next segment: Grover Whalen, President of New York World's Fair Corporation points out highlights of 1939 New York World's Fair on a preliminary model with the help of a stick, for visiting dignitaries. Footage from a September 1961 newsreel hightlighting stories from 25 years earlier.