Launching of submarine USS Searaven (SS-196) at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine. A woman holding a bouquet of flowers prepares to Christen the boat. She is handed a champagne bottle. People cheer. Spectators in a space marked 'Observation Space'. [ In preparation for launch of another submarine, a sign at adjacent ways in shipyard reads ' U.S.S. SEAWOLF submarine ( SS-197 ) keel laid 27 Sept. 1938 Launching 15 Aug. 1939 ' .] The submarine SS-196 proceeds down the ways into the water, with many persons on her deck. Tug boats move to her sides.
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.
Sequence 1; The launching of the USS V-1 (later Barracuda SS-163) on July 17, 1924 from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Sequence 2; Two surrendered German U-Boats, most likely the U-117 (L) and the UB-148 (R) circa 1918/19. Sequence 3; The USS S-19 circa 1925 either looking to moor or pulling away to sea. Sequence 4; U.S. "L" class submarines ay Bantry Bay, Queenstown, Ireland circa 1918 World War 1, American submarines had to place an "A" before there name to avoid confusion with the British "L" class submarines. L to R are L-11 (bow), L-1, L-10, L-4 and L-9.
Army Day demonstrations at Langley Field outside Hampton Virginia: A long line of U.S. Army Air Corps P-36 aircraft of the 8th Pursuit Group with engines running. Those closest to the camera display the logo of the 36th Pursuit Squadron "Flying Fiends." View of Langley Airfield tower and terminal buildings in background. The P-36s taxi out, one-by-one, for takeoff. Tail number of the first one is: PH-80. Flight of three perform a formation takeoff. Brief instant view of foreign officers in white uniforms standing with American airmen at Langley Field main terminal. View of radial engine running on a Boeing 247 aircraft. Men in truck loading cargo and baggage through open nose hatch of Boeing 247 aircraft. Airman closes and secures the nose hatch. View inside control tower. Operator gives pilot of Boeing 247 clearance to takeoff when ready. Scene changes to new setting and terrain. A Boeing 247 on takeoff roll with snow on the ground. Formations of Boeing P-26 airplanes in flight. Explosions below them in desert as they fly overhead. Two P-26s dive and drop bombs, respectively. Smoke rises from bomb explosions.
Exterior view of Lowell Observatory building in Flagstaff, Arizona. People exiting a main building of the Arizona State Teachers College. Color film scenes from the annual Native American All-Indian Pow-Wow parade circa 1939 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Citizens line the parade route street and native American Indian Men in traditional regalia walk and dance traditional Indian dances on the streets of Flagstaff, Arizona during the Pow Wow. People watch on the sides of the parade route. A native American Indian Apache tribe woman with her young baby in a traditional wrapping. Close-up of an old Apache Indian woman who leans on a cane. The elderly native American woman then smiles and laughs. Cattle herds on a field. Apache horsemen and cowboys on horses work among the herd. Close views of cattle and calfs. Cowboys rope and lasso cattle. View of a burning fire and brands heating in the fire. Cowboys turn a cow on its side and cowboy brings a hot brand to brand the cattle.
A 1939 Ford commercial advertisement, in technicolor, promoting the balance and performance of the 1939 Ford Automobiles. A motor boat is seen pulling a man on an aquaplane, in a harbor. A woman balances on the shoulders of a man aquaplaning. They are successful, but both fall off the aquaplane, close to the shore. They are met by three friends and they all get into a 1939 two-door sedan and drive away. They pass a wood-paneled station wagon parked at the side of the road.