On November 7, 1944, during World War 2, citizens of Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States, are seen entering the Old Town House (built in 1727) to cast ballots in 40th quadrennial presidential election (in which incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt is running for an unprecedented 3th term). Scene shifts to inside a polling place, where voters stand in booths to privately mark their ballots. Others are seen depositing their marked, folded paper ballots in a collection box, as they finish voting. Closeups of several aged voters. Scene shifts to a full-blooded Native American voter in Maryland, entering his polling place to cast a ballot. An old man sitting on a bench, with friends, holds a newspaper. He wears a Civil War Union cap. A U.S. soldier wearing field uniform and steel helmet, looks at a bulletin board containing State-by-State voting information. A Technical Sergeant marks his paper ballot and leaves to mail it. A soldier takes an oath confirming legitimacy of his ballot as he turns it in at a military collection site. Sign in commercial establishment window of a U.S. town declares "Election Today." A bank window sign reads: "this Bank will observe Election Day, Tuesday, November 7th, a Legal Holiday." Sign in Bar window reads: "Bar Closed during Election Hours, Tuesday, Nov.7, 1944. Will Open at 9 PM." Republican political party workers advertise for their Presidential candidate, Thomas E. Dewey. Democratic political party workers drive a truck towing a trailer office plastered with advertisements for their candidate, Franklin Roosevelt. Republican and Democratic party voter information booths are seen next to one another where advertise their respective candidates to passersby on the sidewalk. A voting place identified by white wash sign on a window, and another, in a rural setting, by a sign pointing to it on a fence post. More signs and voters showing sentiments for their candidates. One displays a picture of Dewey on his car. A woman wears a large Roosevelt button on her sweater. Views of more imaginative signs for candidates and for ballot issues. People discussing ballot issues on the streets.
United States Coast Guard pre invasion activities in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, United States during World War II. A United States Army jeep being hoisted aboard a ship. American Coast Guardsmen on board the ship underway in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, United States in January , 1944. A Landing Craft Tank along side a ship as Army troops get onto it. LCT pulls away. Various United States Coast Guard transports underway in the Bay. A man at a steering wheel. Various landing craft underway,practicing in the bay. A soldier on the beach directs as landing craft approach the beach. Ramps of landing crafts being lowered and troops move off the craft as they practice debarkation of troops prior to an invasion.
Views of The Great Atlantic Hurricane lashing at northeast United States areas (after having already hit the North Carolina Outer Banks), and views of the aftermath and early cleanup following the storm. Regions shown include Atlantic City, Long Island (where it came ashore as a category 3 hurricane on September 15, 1944), New York City suburbs, and parts of New England. High surf flooding boardwalks and coastal cities. Trees bent over and snapped in high winds. People walking with difficulty in the high winds. Streets of towns submerged in water. Coastal docks destroyed and large boats scattered high onto shore areas. Trees, poles, and wires downed over roads and homes. Entire homes moved off of their foundations and placed down the street. The "Great Atlantic Hurricane" was the first example of a named hurricane by the Miami Hurricane Warning Office, which later became the National Hurricane Center. The name was meant to reflect the hurricane's size and intensity.
A message from United States Marine Corps First Lieutenant Tyrone Power (prewar movie actor) in the United States. Tyrone Power delivering a message. (Clip includes opening musical intro but no sound thereafter). U.S. Marines marching in a formation. A large crowd watching sailors in the background. A number of women corps in uniforms march in formation. Several buildings in the background. USMC honor guard marching. The sailors standing in a formation at a side. The Marines firing deck guns. A woman officer speaking into a microphone. U.S. National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. A wounded Marine being attended by a nurse. Nurses attending to the wounded lying on beds in a hospital ward. Two Marines beside deck guns. Explosions occurring at sea. Several Marines at a beachhead. The Marines attending to the wounded on the beach. View of Lt. Tyrone Power delivering the speech.
Negro life and training of teachers in Bowie, Maryland, United States. Houses at a distance on a farmland. Trees and tower in the background. Board on the farmland reads 'Maryland State Normal School Bowie Maryland trains elementary teachers'. School building with a flag on its top. House behind the trees.
Governor of Maryland asks Civil Defense volunteers in Maryland, United States. Governor of Maryland Theodore Roosevelt McKeldin seated at the table in his office. Governor McKeldin appeals for volunteers for the state's Civil Defense Program.