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Frido W. Kessler's rocket-propelled mail plane launches on frozen lake Greenwood, New York, United States, 1936

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.)

Date: 1936, February 23
Duration: 2 min 31 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
Rocket plane launched through a catapult during its experiment at Greenwood Lake, New York.

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.

Date: 1936, February 23
Duration: 44 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Rocket plane designed to carry Mail is prepared for launch, but fails, in Greenwood Lake, New York.

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.

Date: 1936, February 23
Duration: 51 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
The 82nd Congressional Elections in United States.

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.

Date: 1950, November 17
Duration: 1 min 58 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Scenes of life and American lifestyle in many American cities in late 1940s; famous American landmarks.

Flags of various NATO member countries. Flag of NATO. Film 'The Atlantic Community' introduces the United States as a NATO member. American landscape views. American men,women and children walk to church. Memorial marking first settlements in America. Back Bay neighborhood along bank of Charles River in Boston. Side and front view of Old State House in Boston. Pedestrians and traffic with 1940s automobiles on busy streets of Boston. Exterior view of Faneuil Hall and flower market in Boston. Civilians walk in street and cars drive by. Sweeping views of Harvard University campus buildings. View of New York city. Empire State building. Manhattan Island New York City as seen from the water. Tall buildings and skyscrapers of Manhattan. Upward panning view from ground to top of Empire State Building in 1949. Busy street in New York city. American people at work including a man operating precision manufacturing equipment, a woman typing on a typewriter, and a man carpenter sawing wood. A seamstress sews clothing, an executive on the telephone in an office, factory workers at work; bricklayers working; women examine clothing designs, draftsmen at work on drawing plans. View inside a locomotive of the engineer operating a train at high speed. View from exterior of passenger train as it approaches and passes by. Aerial views of farmland and hay in fields under a dusk sky. Elevated view of American industrial factories and smoke pouring from chimney stack pipes. Cowboys with herd of cows at the foothills of Rocky mountains. American dam on a massive lake. View of the Mormon Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Mormon temple from a distant elevated position with mountains in background, and then a street level view of Salt Lake Temple with statue of Brigham Young in foreground and 1940s vehicles. Aerial view of Lockheed Constellation aircraft in flight. American landscape views. Mountains and oceans. Golden Gate Bridge. Niagara Falls view. Fort Montgomery. The Rainbow Bridge from U.S. to Canada.

Date: 1949
Duration: 5 min 12 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Famous astrologer, Belle Bart reveals her predictions for the year 1936 in New York, United States.

Belle Bart, famous astrologer at desk in her office, New York, USA. She speaks on her predictions for the Year 1936. She reminds viewers of her predictions for the year 1935. She says that the period of prosperity will extend from 1936-1943. She further says that although war is imminent in the far East, and that some nations will become eclipsed during this period, the general trend through 1943 will be "happiness and prosperity for all."

Date: 1936, January 3
Duration: 1 min 24 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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