The Henry Ford II freighter, of the Ford Motor Company, launched on Lake Erie in Lorain, Ohio. Huge propeller and rudder visible as the freighter slides off dry dock skids and moves into the water. Crew member standing and waving on the ship. Large number of spectators standing at the shore.
Delegates of the Pan American Highway Commission present a gift after a month-long tour of the United States in 1924. Ceremony at the Pan American Union in Washington DC. Tablet is unveiled inscribed with the title 'Highway of Friendship', and presented as a gift to the Highway Education Board. The first line of the tablet reads, "Commemorative of the Official visit of the Pan American Highway Commission to the District of Columbia and the states of North Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey June 2 to July 3, 1924. The happiness and prosperity of the people of the United States have been greatly enhanced by your definite program of Highway education...." U.S. Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg accepts the tablet and speaks to those gathered.
U.S. Army Air Service test pilot 1st Lieutenant Russell L. Maughan's dawn to dusk flight across the United States on June 23rd, 1924. Lt. Maughan in the cockpit of a Curtiiss P-1 Hawk airplane. He takes off from Mitchel Field in New York at dawn. The airplane in flight over Manhattan, New York City showing the East River with Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Bridges. The Curtiiss P-1 Hawk in flight over the Wall Street district, the Battery Park and the Hudson River. The aircraft arrives at McCook Field in Dayton, Ohio. Lt Maughan in the aircraft. A ground-gasoline truck and a fire truck near the airplane as it is refueled with the engine running. He climbs out of the cockpit briefly to allow a boy to look inside. Maughan takes off from McCook field. He is seen by his Curtiss P-1 Hawk, after arriving at Crissy Field in the Presidio, San Francisco, California.
1924: A crowd gathered at Boston Harbor to welcome the first 'Round the world flyers. Dignitaries seated. Air Service Douglas World Cruiser biwing float planes land in the harbor. United States Army Air Service flyers, led by Lieutenant Lowell Smith, arrive in boat at harbor. The six intrepid Lieutenants: Harding, Nelson, L.P. Arnold, Wade, Ogden and Smith, pose with General Patrick, Chief of the Air Service , along with several young women. View of the Barling Bomber at Wright Field in Ohio. Crew members: Lieutenants Harris and Muir Fairchild together with designer Walter Barling and engineer Culver, pose together and then climb aboard the airplane. The aircraft commander stands in open cockpit and orders flight engineer to start the 6 Liberty engines. The Barling Bomber taxis out and takes off. Commander waves from open front cockpit as aircraft climbs after takeoff. Views of the Barling Bomber in flight. President Calvin Coolidge stands, awaiting the arrival of the Pan American Goodwill flyers, at Bolling Field, Washington, DC. Crew of the Loening OA-1A amphibian, "New York": Major Herbert Dargue, and Lieutenant Ennis Whitehead, are greeted as they climb down from their aircraft. President Coolidge, presents all of the flyers with Distinguished Service Cross Certificates.
Some restrospective scenes with William Jennings Bryan, assembled after his sudden death in Dayton, Ohio, shortly after the celebtrated "Scopes" trial in 1925. Bryan speaking in front of a residence. (Slate notes he ran for Presidency three times, and was Secretary of State in cabinet of President Woodrow Wilson.) Bryan wearing a cloak and hat, walking on a rainy day, in a city. Automobiles parked at the curb in the background. He smiles, stops and removes his hat to pose for the camera. Next, a closeup of Bryan, bareheaded. Scene shifts to New York City, in 1924, where Bryan stands with his brother, Charles W. Bryan, former Governor of Nebraska, who was nominated as Vice-Presidential candidate during the Democratic Party Convention. William Jennings Bryan conducting one of his weekly Bible classes and Sunday Sermon, to a large outdoor audience, from a stage, in Royal Palm Park, Miami, Florida. Closeup of him gesticulating as he speaks. Bryan and members of his family standing on the bayfront balcony of his residence,“Villa Serena," on the occasion of a visit by former U.S. President Warren G. Harding, who stands behind several Bryan grandchildren
Documentary about the U.S. Army's flight around the world in 1924, employing four Douglas World Cruiser aircraft. A flag of United States. Crowds gather around around. the four Douglas World Cruisers, named Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, and Seattle, as they prepare to depart from Seattle, Washington, on their expedition. One of the aircraft taking off. All the aircraft in flight over Seattle Washington. Major Frederick F. Martin Commander of the flight. An animated map shows the aerial expedition's route and locations of various accidents and incidents that beset them along the way. View of one Douglas World Cruiser in flight, equipped with floats. The expedition was completed by the Cruiser,Chicago, crewed by pilot, Lt. Lowell Smith and Lt. Leslie Arnold; and by the
New Orleans, crewed by pilot, Lt. Erik Nelson and Lt. Jack Harding, who are seen being congratulated by expedition Commander, Major Frederick F. Martin upon their completion of the mission in Seattle, on September 28, 1924.