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Scenes of New York City buildings in 1939, and of the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair

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.

Date: 1939
Duration: 4 min 9 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
New York Yankees play against New York Giants in 1936 World Series; also Grover Whalen showing 1939 Worlds Fair plans.

Crowd cheers and waves during New York Yankees and New York Giants game in the 1936 World Series at Polo Grounds IV in Manhattan, New york. Yankee manager, Joe McCarthy and Giants manager, Bill Terry on the field and they shake hands. Governor of New York State Herbert H. Lehman throws out first pitch, with Mayor La Guardia beside him. Babe Ruth, guest of honor, watches the match. Crowd cheer as the game proceeds. In next segment: Grover Whalen, President of New York World's Fair Corporation points out highlights of 1939 New York World's Fair on a preliminary model with the help of a stick, for visiting dignitaries. Footage from a September 1961 newsreel hightlighting stories from 25 years earlier.

Date: 1936, October
Duration: 49 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Views of New York City and environs, especially Manhattan,in the United States.

Film begins showing location of New York City on a world globe, at the mouth of the Hudson River on the East Coast of the United States. It transitions to an aerial view of the Southern tip of Manhattan Island at the junction of the Hudson and East Rivers and slowly shows views moving Northward along the Hudson River. Piers along the Hudson are visible. Scene shifts to above those piers, looking South at the cluster of Manhattan skyscraper buildings, and beyond to New York Harbor, the borough of Queens, and Brooklyn, and beyond to Long Island in the misty distance. Next the skyscrapers are seen from Queens,across the East River. A large ocean liner is seen underway in New York Harbor, among ferry boats, barges, and tugboats. The Statue of Liberty is seen in the background. An animated map shows regions around New York and traces the Hudson and Mohawk valleys into the Great Lakes. The map is then overlaid with numerous lines representing transportation routes by lend, water, and air. View of Brooklyn Bridge, wharfs, and Manhattan skyline in hazy background. Seagoing freighters loading and unloading at New York's piers. A truck and other cargoes being moved by cranes. Passenger trains moving in the New York city area. View of the famous Beaux-Arts style Penn Station by architects McKim, Mead, and White, at West 34th Street and Eighth Avenue, in Manhattan. Train station interior crowded with travelers and commuters. Commercial aircraft taxiing at a New York area airport. Closeup of two young children watching the planes. Passengers deplaning from a large aircraft. Sign for Peruvian International Airways atop an airport building. A Swissair passenger plane being serviced. Passengers boarding a TWA Lockheed Constellation airplane. A family watching airplanes from an airport observation deck. The Lockheed Constellation starting its engines. A Douglas DC-4 aircraft taxis out and takes off, as several boys watch from the observation deck. Closeup of another group of boys watching planes from the observation deck. Aerial view of Manhattan skyscraper buildings from an overflying airplane. Traffic at Times Square. The Astor Hotel at the left and the Times building straight ahead. Several other street scenes in Manhattan, crowded with pedestrians. A view residential apartment houses along Park Avenue. Views of African Americans crowding the sidewalks in Harlem. Views of "Little Italy" in the lower East side of Manhattan, where Italian restaurants and other businesses are seen. Chinatown is seen with some of the business signs in Chinese. A man of Chinese heritage reading a letter. Asian American children playing together in a neighborhood. New high rise apartment buildings are seen replacing older homes in parts of Manhattan. Mothers wheeling their children on sidewalks in one of the new neighborhoods.

Date: 1948
Duration: 5 min 40 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
New York City harbor views in upper New York Bay; Manhattan skyscrapers; New York City Police boat activities.

Views of various boats and ship at New York harbor in Upper New York Bay. Good views of New York skyline and skyscraper buildings near the harbor, as seen from a New York City Police boat. Police officers on the police boat. The boat docks and name on back of boat reads, "Police New York City Lieutenant Ronaghan". A small row boat is then put into the water from the larger police boat, and two men board the small boat and row it towards shore. A gathering of onlookers at the docks as the rowboat comes in. Police officers hoist what appears to be a covered stretcher in the air (possible victim?) and load it into a waiting police van or paddy wagon on the dock.

Date: 1939, October
Duration: 3 min 34 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Dr. Langmuir's Nobel Prize, industrial factories, 1939 World's Fair, and aerial views of cities.

Graphic: "This film is restricted". Group of industrial smoke stacks emitting smoke and pollution. Aerial view of Hoover Dam. Large power lines coming from Hoover Dam. View of George Washington Bridge with traffic. Aerial view of early highway interchange. Aerial view of Manhattan, New York. Aerial view of smoggy city with railroad switching yard in foreground. Early highway crowded with car traffic. People wading in water at the beach. People looking out from high vantage point. 1939 World's Fair Trylon and Perisphere. Interior view Grand Central or early Penn Station. Porters and travelers walking in train station. View of Egyptian ruins and pyramids. Ruins from 300 BC. Graphic: Dates of modern advances in geometry, arabic numberals, physics, electricity, chemistry, railroads, telegraph, and automobiles. Factory with smoke stacks, pollution, and view of a large grain elevator. Foundry with sparks flying. Line of turbine generators. General electric building with GE logo on top. Dr. Irving Langmuir works in a lab at the plant demonstrating creation of thin films of oil in a pan. View of Noble Prize won by him for his research about the basic structure and behavior of molecules. View of non-reflective glass demonstrated on General Electric meter. Men in laboratory and looking through microscopes.

Date: 1945
Duration: 4 min 56 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
WPA laborers work at various development programs in New York City, United States.

Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in New York City during the Great Depression. Aerial view of New York City as a plane flies by and clouds part to show Manhattan island below. Buildings and skyscrapers of New York City as seen from river and harbor views, with some ships and tugboats seen. Trucks on roads of Governor's Island at tip of Manhattan. An older home seen under renovation and reconstruction. View of the Brooklyn Navy Yard with WPA workers busy building and improving new roads and shops and warehouses near the docks. A bulkhead construction project is shown at Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, to reclaim land from the waters of the Bay. The work includes construction of a new Boulevard and sanitary and sewer system improvements. View of the front entrance of the Beaux Arts style Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House on Bowling Green at the tip of Manhattan. Pedestrians and WPA workers are seen in front of the building. WPA laborers on an unidentified Manhattan street (with elevated railway running in background) are busy removing old street car rail lines from the streets, in sections, and loading them into truck beds to haul away. Large public swimming pool and bath house construction projects are shown, influenced by city planner and avid swimmer Robert Moses (scene possibly shows McCarren Park pool - note archway seen under construction). WPA workers are seen building the new East River Drive, including highways, walks, and flanking parks. Construction workers seen building the roadway, with the Williamsburg Bridge in the background. A model of the project is shown with the new drive from Grand Street to 14th Street. Camera pans down from the Empire State Building to show the roof of the New York Public Library teeming with WPA workers as they remove the old corroded copper roof and replace it with a new metal roof. View of busy Manhattan streets below the workers, including a street car passing by.

Date: 1936
Duration: 3 min 4 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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