Group of farmer girls who are helping with farm tasks and farm production on the American home front during World War I. The girls meet Governor Lowden in Libertyville, Illinois. Illinois Governor Lowden sits on a tractor. He milks a cow. Farmer girls pose for a photo.
Scenes from the 1917 baseball World Series. Game 1 in Chicago, Illinois. A large crowd gathering at Comiskey Park to watch the game. Fans lined up in front of sign for bleacher seating with sign "Bleachers 50 cents". Scenes from the field before the game. Managers Pants Rowland of the White Sox and John McGraw of the Giants reviewing ground rules. Pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Slim Sallee during warm-ups. White Sox dugout is seen with Happy Felsch on the far left, John "Shano" Collins beside him, then Fred McMullin and Reb Russell (just past the big baseball). Joe Jackson and Nemo Leibold may be standing outside the dugout, with Eddie Cicotte in the background and Chick Gandil and Byrd Lynn in front of Cicotte. African American man on the Giants bench around one-minute mark may be J. L. Mackall, the team's trainer. Manager John McGraw is sitting in front of the dugout, with Art Fletcher on his right and Red Murray on his left. Scenes from the game in progress, and view of cheering fans in the packed stadium. At about 1:43: Bottom of the 3rd. Single by S. Collins, and Cicotte is thrown out at 3rd base. The next play seen is a double by McMullin scoring S. Collins, who had taken 2nd base on the throw that got Cicotte out. At 2:13: Top of the 5th inning. Single by Sallee scoring McCarty from 3rd base. White Sox win game 1 over the Giants by a score of 2 to 1. Scene changes to New York, with Giants fans jammed in the streets of New York City watching the large scoreboard being updated during the game, mounted on the building of the New York American Newspaper offices. Cars and trucks pass slowly by in the area jammed with baseball fans.
Jeannette Rankin, Republican member of Congress from Montana, and first woman representative elected in the United States, is seen standing with women's suffrage movement activists in Chicago, Illinois, just before America's entry into World War 1. The leading slate mentions her forthcoming participation in a special session of Congress (referring to the Joint Session of Congress on April 2, when President Wilson will ask for a declaration of war against Germany). Rankin holds a bouquet of flowers and stands with another woman wearing a large corsage of flowers. A dozen women suffragists stand behind them. The building behind seems to be a hotel, containing several mirrored doors. Several men passersby walk past the camera while it photographing the group. Jeannette Rankin moves forward and another woman helps her to step into a vehicle (unseen).
Glimpse of the U.S. Capitol dome. Members of Congress and associated staff and other persons are seen gathering in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC , on April 2, 1917,. for the first session of the 65th U.S. Congress of the United States (following a special session in March). Many people sit on the steps and others gather in clusters. Scene shifts to Jeannette Rankin, Republican representative from Montana, and the first woman elected to Congress. She and a man are trying to unfold a large American flag before the camera. Soon two more men help and they hold the flag spread out as Representative Rankin poses in front of it. Next, James Beauchamp "Champ" Clark, Democratic representative from Missouri (who would be elected Speaker of the House) shakes hands with James Robert Mann, Republican representative from Illinois, who served as House Minority Leader from 1911-1919. Elsewhere in Washington, Jeannette Rankin stands with suffragist Carrie Catt, in the back of an open car in front of the Washington D.C. headquarters of the National Woman's Suffrage Association. Rankin holds a bouquet of flowers. An American flag is displayed nearby. Next the car is seen pulling away, causing Rankin to fall back and sit, from where she was standing, in the back seat. Two more cars full of women follow. A cordon of police officers begins to move a crowd back, and two mounted policemen direct people away from the Capitol buildings. (Note: In this first session of the 65th Congress , on April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declaration war on Germany.)
John Philip Sousa's U.S.Navy Band of the Great Lakes Naval Training Station leading a World War I Liberty Loan parade on a city street (possibly in Chicago, Illinois). Behind them two cars are seen and other marchers carrying signs. One sign reads: "Chip In." Numerous spectators line the sidewalks. View from above of the band in formation for a concert. John Philip Sousa and his wife, Jane, pose in front of a residence. He wears the uniform of a Lieutenant in the Naval Reserve. (Note: During World War I, the Navy asked Sousa to train bandsmen at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. On May 31, 1917, at the age of 62, he accepted a commission as a Lieutenant, in the U.S.Naval Reserve and organized a new band at the Great Lakes Center. His fame attracted so many band recruits that he was able to form several Navy bands for other Navy bases and units.)
A U.S. arms manufacturing in World War 1. Hundreds of workers seen at shift change, waiting for their respective trolley cars passing on tracks between arms manufacturing plant's buildings. Women at work on metal working machines in an arms factory. Racks of Browning Automatic Rifles (Rifle, Caliber .30, Automatic, Browning, M1918) are being moved about. Assemblers are seen hand fitting parts for the Browning M1917 water cooled machine gun. One man makes final assembly adjustments to one of the machine guns set up on tripod in the factory. He enjoys firing the Browning M1917 machine gun. (Note:The M1917 and M1918 BAR were manufactured by numerous American arms makers. Colt, Remington, Marlin, Royal typewriter, Winchester. Most of the M1917 machine guns were manufactured by New England Westinghouse.)