Opening scene shows a voting booth with curtains closed. U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt (FDR) accompanied by his mother Sara Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor Roosevelt are seen preparing to vote in the 1940 Presidential elections. They stand together in front of a voting booth, with curtains open showing machine inside. There is much activity around and things seem a bit disorganized. (Other persons are voting and being assisted by volunteers, all unseen. But their conversations can be overheard.) At one point the President is amused, and almost laughs. President Roosevelt speaks with a man briefly, who helps him step aside, using his cane. At the same time, Eleanor Roosevelt helps her mother-in-law enter the open voting booth, and makes sure the curtains are closed. After Sara Roosevelt leaves the booth, Eleanor Roosevelt listens to brief comment from man assisting voters, and then enters the booth and votes. She is seen backing out of the booth.
Views of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, June, 1940. The hall is filled with delegates holding signs and placards, many for Senator Robert Taft. Several denounce the New Deal. The Republican presidential nominee, Wendell Wilkie, is seen. (The narrator mentions his untimely death in 1944, at age 52.) Scene shifts to cheering crowds in Times Square, New York and to Hyde Park, New York, where the Roosevelt family and associates stand as well-wishers cheer FDR's unprecedented election to a third term as President of the United States. Seen are Colonel House; President Franklin D. Roosevelt; son, John Roosevelt and his wife, Anne Clark Roosevelt; Ethel Du Pont Roosevelt and her husband, Franklin Roosevelt, Jr.; Sara Roosevelt, the President's mother; and his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt is seen platform beside the new stone Post Office in Hyde Park, New York. He speaks to a crowd gathered for the dedication of the Post Office. Brief view from across the avenue, then back to the crowd at the dedication site. The President speaking to the crowd. He then takes a trowel and ceremoniously applies mortar to the top of a cornerstone. Closeup of the corner stone shows names of current officials and the architect, including: Franklin D.Roosevelt, President of United States of America; James A. Farley, Postmaster General; John M. Carmody,Federal Works Administrator; W. Englebert Reynolds, Commissioner of Public Buildings; Louis A. Simon, Supervising Architect; and Neal A. Melick, Supervising Engineer. The year 1940 is also engraved.
From the Ford Motor Company produced film, "Scenes From the World of Tomorrow" documenting the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York City. View of buildings of the New York World's Fair of 1940. The Brooklyn Bridge. Aerial view of Manhattan Island, New York City. Skyscrapers of New York City including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. New York Harbor and ships in the harbor. View of the buildings of the New York Worlds Fair in the distance in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as seen from high in a skyscraper of New York City. The Fair's Trylon and Perisphere stand out. People walk along the sides of fountains and waterways at the fair. Crowds milling about, bands marching, dancers performing. Flags of many nations flying on the flag poles. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of George Washington, as the first President of the United States and a statue of George Washington. A bus moves on the street. Fountains and a small bridge near a waterway. Pavilions of nations of England, Japan, and Italy. The USA building and some of the buildings of U.S. States including Maine and Florida. Fountains and waterways of the fair. Woman and two girls eat ice cream cones. A Raymond Loewy - designed S1 experimental streamlined locomotive created for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Pavilions of American Telephone & Telegraph and of United States Steel Corporation, also of Westinghouse, Goodrich, Chrysler, and General Motors.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at Hyde Park, New York. The President drives his personal Ford Phaeton automobile along the original tree-lined driveway to his family estate, Springwood, in Hyde Park, New York. The President parks beside a tree on the drive. His daughter, Anna Roosevelt Dall, dressed in riding attire, steps forward and places a tape measure around the tree to measure it's circumference. The President participates in the measurement activity from the seat of his car.
"City Pastorale" shows citizens of New York hurrying about their business during workday on a street in New York City. Vehicular traffic and pedestrians. People riding on the subway. Views of workaday foot traffic along New York sidewalk. Macy's department store. Racks of clothes being wheeled along the streets and sidewalks. Scenes of New Yorkers in hectic activity. In contrast, are shown peaceful scenic views of New York City. Penthouse gardens. Clothes drying on a rooftop line. People entering a number of different churches in Manhattan, New York. A woman in a garden. A man and a boy sit and read newspapers in the garden. The young boy looks at the "funny papers" (comic strips). A man walks with a child on a sidewalk. Cars parked. People chatting on the sidewalk of a New York city street. The Chrysler Building and nearby skyscrapers. People taking pictures with handheld cameras at a playground. Families with babies. Children playing in a park. Quiet streets. Car drives beneath an elevated train. Men walk on a ramp. People relax on beaches. Older women gathered together on the beach talking, while boys play in the sand at the edge of the surf. A huge crowd seated in a baseball stadium and watching a game between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers, including a shot of Giants pitcher, #36 ( Mickey McGowan ?), throwing from the mound and, in another scene, Giants #23 (Clint Hartung ?) batting and striking out. Views of the fans watching the baseball game, including some men in suits and boys sitting together in the bleachers watching the game and eating ice cream on a stick. Visitors stroll through the Metropolitan Museum of Art.