A high speed convertible armored machine designed by Walter Christie being tested at countryside in Linden,New Jersey. A man gets in the armored machine and conducts the test run.
Jewish war veterans in Atlantic City, New Jersey. People walk along the Atlantic City boardwalk as they hold American flags. War veterans (mostly from World War I) and women march during a procession. The veterans march out onto the beach, and then back onto the boardwalk. The veterans, led by a veteran Civil War union soldier, gather in front of the Stanley Theater (later the Roxy Theater) on the Boardwalk at Kentucky Avenue. The Stanley Theater marquee is advertising the Warner Brothers Pictures show, "Gold Diggers of 1933. 200 girls. 50 stars." The Civil War veteran is recognized first, and presented with a U.S. flag by Jack Warner of the Warner brothers. The Civil War veteran shakes hands with a young boy who wears a cap bearing the star of David.
American aviator Wiley Post returns to Floyd Bennett Field in New York after completing his solo flight around the world in a just under 8 days. People gather in a large number to welcome him. They gather around his aircraft. Scene shifts to streets of New York City where Wiley Post is honored with a ticker tape parade for his Around The World achievement. The aviator seated aboard a jeep passing by. People celebrate and greet him. He is bestowed with the Medal of Valor by New York City Mayor John P. O'Brien. Next segment shows plane of American aviator Roscoe Turner landing, after his record-setting flight from New York to Los Angeles in 10 hours and 5 minutes flying his Wedell-Williams Model 44 (WW-44) aircraft. This won him the 1933 Bendix Trophy. Close view of Roscoe Turner smiling from the cockpit of his aircraft. From a November 10, 1958 newsreel recounting events 25 years earlier.
The inaugural ceremony for President-elect Franklin Roosevelt in Washington DC. The Air Express of the Universal Newspaper Newsreel prepares to take off from Washington DC for New York with sound pictures of the great event of the inaugural ceremony of the new President-elect Franklin Roosevelt. A man on the wings of the aircraft. A pilot gets into the aircraft. The aircraft takes off. The aircraft in flight over Washington DC. It lands in New York and the pilot waves from the cockpit. A motor carriage with a police escort arrives beside the aircraft to collect the sound pictures. Outgoing U.S. President Herbert Hoover and his wife come out from the White House and receive President-elect Franklin Roosevelt. Franklin Roosevelt with officials. Troops march along a road. President Hoover and the President-elect Franklin Roosevelt in a motor carriage move along the Pennsylvania Avenue to the U.S. Capitol. U.S. flag on the front of the motor carriage. The Capitol building in Washington DC. The U.S. flag in view. A large crowd gathered around the Capitol. The dome of the Capitol. A flag on the dome. Franklin Roosevelt, President Hoover and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of U.S. and other officials prepare for the inaugural ceremony in a decorated area in the Capitol building. The officials behind the dignitaries look on. Franklin Roosevelt behind the podium. The Chief Justice administers the oath of office to Franklin Roosevelt making him the 32nd President of the United States. Franklin Roosevelt recites the oath of office.
Chronicles recovery in America after the Great Depression in the United States, from roughly 1933-1967, but with emphasis on the earlier years of that period. Pre-war work programs such as the Works Progress Administration (WPA) help with employment. Farmers work in their fields with tractors. Officials in an office discuss and prepare graphs. Workers drill and work at a construction site. The 1933 Homeowners Loan Corporation sparks new home building. View of new homes being built and new suburban neighborhoods. Brief scene of bombing at Pearl Harbor. American warships launching from shipyards during World War II. Women war production workers work in factories in the United States. Post-war Marshall Plan aid being sent to European countries. Reforms for housing projects, Civil Rights and measures taken to stabilize unemployment, with scenes of successive Presidents signing reform bills, including Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy. A ship departs from a harbor with goods. A convoy of vehicles on a road. Various Federal buildings in Washington DC. Large room filled with female typists and clerical workers busy at work. Close up views of women operating typewriters. The White House building. An aerial view of an American town and of a factory with pollution smoke emitting from stacks. Letters being delivered to elderly women. People enter a medical clinic and wait in the clinic waiting room. A white and a black man share a sandwich and views of white and black people together in integrated classrooms and factories as segregation begins to wane. Elementary school children in a classroom drawing pictures.
Demonstration of the American Air Force against naval vessels of battleship class operate from temporary bases. American airmen prepare 1100 pound bombs. Men assemble tail section of a missile. Airmen check two 1100 pound bombs attached beneath an unidentified plane. Airmen attach a 2000 pound bomb to underside of an aircraft. General Mitchell and an airman crouched beneath the plane look at the 2000 pound bomb. Navy cutter type vessel, the San Mihiel, anchored in sea. Observers on the San Mihiel include General Pershing, Davis, Admiral Shoemaker Assistant Secretary of War and General Patrick Chief of Air Service. Four of them stand on the deck of the cutter vessel. Battleship USS New Jersey anchored. Bombs strike near ship. Bomber flying 175 miles from Langley Field score five direct hits with six 100 pound bombs from an altitude of 11,000 feet. Views of bomb strike on USS New Jersey. A smoke curtain is dropped by a bomber from an altitude of 1000 feet. An aircraft in flight in line with the New Jersey lays a smoke screen across the water. Smoke curtain obscures sight of the battleship. Bomb strikes near and upon the battleship USS Virginia. Direct hits scored by 1100 pound bombs on the deck of USS Virginia.