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.
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.
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.
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.
Nazi soldiers at attention with guns drawn in Berlin during World War 2. U.S. soldiers on watch from damaged Berlin building. Man watching Berlin wall with binoculars while sitting in car. Pan American passenger airplane in flight after the war. Pan American passenger reading Time and other magazines. Aerial view of Berlin early 1960s. Pan American plane landing at Tempelhof Airport. Pan American passengers descending to tarmac under sign that reads, "Today Pan American has completed 93153 Transatlantic Crossings" Brandenburg Gate early 1960s. Drive through Brandenburg Gate in the 1920s. Drive through Berlin in the 1920s. Tourist bus flying American flag departs in Berlin 1920s. Berlin University 1920s. Early Nazis driving in Berlin streets. Hitler saluting parade. Hitler addressing Germans. Berlin in ruins Spring 1945 as tanks pass in front of Brandenburg Gate. Old starving woman walks on streets of Berlin amist ruins in 1945. Ruins of Berlin include Reichstag Building during 1945 battle. Women and children emerging from underground Berlin bunker in 1945, to a scene of devastation and rubble in the city. Ground view of the ruined Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche or Gedächtniskirche). Interior of ruined Reichstag Building. Potsdam Conference 1945, Map of WWII Europe. Berlin map, including official Berlin map with signatures showing Zones of Occupation. Germany allied control authority gathering including American, British, and Soviet representatives. French, American, Soviet flags in Germany. Rebuilding of Berlin mostly by women clearing rubble, using shovels, wheelbarrows and cleaning old bricks for reuse. Over crowded train in Germany post-WWII filled with civilian refugees abandoning the cities and heading to the countryside of Germany to resettle.