Brief view of Mussolini in Italy wearing a tophat. Clip proceeds on theme of lifestyle of people in United States in the 1920s. Men on a street as cars move past them. A woman gets her make up done. A woman smokes a cigarette. Women in swimming suits at a beauty pageant. Federal agents smash liquor bottles and break up wooden barrels draining liquor to enforce prohibition. Gangsters killed in an encounter in the street. Gangsters being arrested on a gun point. Men and women perform Charleston dance. A bartender is seen mixing a drink. Men and women enjoy ballroom dancing at a night club. Closeup of a street sign for Wall Street.
Automobiles, pedestrians, and street cars, attempt to negotiate the completely uncontrolled intersection of South Broadway and 7th Street in Los Angeles, California, in the early to mid 1920s. Bank of Italy (later the Bank of America) occupies the northeast corner of the S Broadway and 7th Street intersection. Scene shifts to New York City where a mounted police officer controls traffic at a busy intersection. He stops traffic in one direction, allowing crowds of pedestrians to cross and cars and street cars to proceed in other direction. In a quieter city, cars are parked in center of roadway and along curbs. pedestrians move on sidewalks and traffic moves easily. In a major city, Police officer stands in center of street and stops traffic for very large group of school children waiting to cross. They all run across when he gives them the OK. At another location, a policeman is posted at an intersection with a signal device to indicate "Stop" and "go." Scene shifts to an intersection in city of Detroit, with "Stop" and "Go" signal at corner. A woman crossing the street is almost hit by a car, but pulled out of its way, by a Detroit City Policemen posted in the center of the street. In another town, a policeman is seen in an elevated post at center of a street, with "Stop" and "go" signals under his control. Sign at front of the post reads: "Drive Safely Walk Right." Truck (with cyclist hitching a ride on the tailgate) proceeds with other vehicles on the "go" signal.
America and Europe during post World War 1 period of 1920s Sketches: American workers in factories. The U.S. President Warren Gamaliel Harding converses with a friend. President with other officials signs a paper. President Harding dies and the Nation mourns. Pallbearers carry coffin of the President. Sketches depict the various scandals under the Harding administration, including the Tea Pot Dome scandal. Vice President John Calvin Coolidge becomes President. Several sketches of the President . Sketches of rich people in America. People in a car. Automobiles driven out of a Ford factory. Sketch of the workers building a road. Various labor saving electrical devices. Sketches depict a housewife relaxing and people becoming better off economically. Ordinary people gamble on the stock market. Various pictures of American farmers suffering, as demand for food falls in the wake of World War 1. Economic and financial crises affect Germany. Hyperinflation and riots occur in Germany. The unrest gives rise to future leaders like Adolf Hitler in Germany and Benito Mussolini, in Italy.
King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy arrives in Italy. People holding flags wait for the arrival of the King. Victor Emmanuel III in a car driven past a crowd standing on street sides. The King with other officials in the balcony of a building waves. The crowd gathered to welcome him.
King Humbert in Florence, Italy. People holding flags wait to welcome King Humbert of Italy. King Humbert with other officials arrives in a car. He initiates memorial for dead soldiers. He stands with officials. Italian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church Alfonso Maria Cardinal Mistrangelo blesses King Humbert. People stand near a planted tree. People plant trees.
Health education film from the early 1920's in the United States. Shows effects of gonorrhea and syphilis in the children of disease sufferers in the United States. Contrasting scenes of healthy children playing, and healthy happy 1920's families with wife, husband, and boy and girl children are shown. Opens with a sickly infant suffering from syphilis and birth defects passed on from the father. Girls born blind due to gonorrhea are seen playing with a ball. The disease has been passed on from the father to the mother. Constrasting scenes show healthy children as they climb a stone wall and tree. A girl holds flowers and boy and girl children gather nearby, all wearing early 20th century 1920s era clothing. A man proposes marriage to a woman as they sit on the steps of a house. He puts an engagement ring on her finger. Husband in suit enters a backyard. His son runs toward him happily to greet him. His wife and another child approach to greet him. Hammock in the background. Children play with their mother and father. Boys somersault on the lawn.