'Retrospect' about the events that led to the present pattern of life in the United States. Host Douglas Edwards, an American television anchor speaks about the past events in America. Crowd of unemployed men gathering in bread lines after the 1929 crash and subsequent Great Depression. A man near a box of apples. The U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addresses a gathering. The kidnapping of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., the son of the aviator Charles Lindbergh in 1932. Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a German carpenter who abducted the child during the trial. The congressmen at the formation of the Lindbergh Law. Newspapers describe the apprehension or death of notorious gangster criminals, such as Dutch Schultz and Baby Face Nelson. Huey Pierce Long, Jr. a American politician addresses people. Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia appeals to the League of Nations, after his country is attacked by Italy under Mussolini. Adolf Hitler stands. Troops of the German army parade. Scenes from the Spanish Civil War in 1936-1937 as Spanish national forces battle against fascist rebel forces. Spanish Troops fire 75mm field artillery pieces. Bombs being dropped on the buildings. Spanish soldiers marching during the civil war. The Hindenburg disaster takes place on May 6th 1937: The German airship LZ 129 Hindenburg catches fire over the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester, New Jersey. Amelia Earhart the first woman aviator to fly solo holds flowers and is surrounded by people. She went missing in 1937. Cowboy philosopher Will Rogers, alone and with U.S. Vice President John Nance Garner and with aviator Wiley Post (who had patch over one eye). King Edward VIII of Great Britain, abdicating the throne for "the woman I love." People at the German-American Bund Nazi sympathizing gathering including the subduing of objectors on stage, in Madison Square Garden, New York. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, returning from meeting with Adolf Hitler in Munich in 1938. View of Adolf Hitler. German tanks on parade in World War II. an array of artillery guns on display. Railway guns being fired in WW2.
The German rigid airship Hindenburg on its final flight. Views of the airship flying over Manhattan Island, New York City. Swastika symbol visible on the airship's tail section. The airship descending for landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. Views of the passengers in the windows waving to the onlookers on the ground. Explosion and massive fire and smoke consumes the airship. It crashes to the ground in flames and collapses. Rescuers in the foreground run toward the burning wreckage.
The flooded areas after the Smith Paper Company dam has been opened in Manchester, New Hampshire. A bridge over the Merrimack River The top of a house floating under the bridge. A power plant surrounded by water. Two U.S. Army Air Corps Martin B-10s flying over New Hemisphere River and mountains. The crew aboard B-10. The B-10 dropping relief bundles to stranded flood refugees in New Hampshire.
Newsreel of June 28, 1962 showing event 25 years earlier: Hindenburg disaster on 6th May 1937. Traffic passes on road. LZ-129 Hindenburg airship approaches Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. Ground crew awaits Hindenburg's landing. Mooring mast in the background. Hindenburg catches fire and fuel tank bursts out of hull. Hindenburg engulfed in flames crashes into ground. Men run toward burning Hindenburg. Huge clouds of smoke arise from burning Hindenburg.
Crash of Hindenburg Zeppelin (airship) at Naval Air Engineering Station at Lakehurst in New Jersey, United States. Hindenburg Zeppelin (airship) in flight to New Jersey. Hindenburg come in for landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Crew makes preparation for landing on the ground. Landing lines are dropped form the Hindenburg. Hindenburg Zeppelin bursts into flames and falls to earth. Large smoke rises. Firefighters battle the flames. Remains of worlds largest airship. Ruins of Hindenburg after flames have been extinguished. Wreckage of engines of the large Zeppelin. Nose of the Zeppelin.
Library card at a Toy lending "library" reads 'Toy Loan Exchange'. At the Manchester School, Los Angeles County Relief Administration (LACRA) workers issue these cards to track toys given to needy children during the Great Depression. Boy seated on bench with a girl, tries to fix a doll's head. A LACRA worker exchanges the doll for a new one.