Exterior building views of University of Maryland, Georgetown University, George Washington University and American University. United State military personnel go through a rifle drill. Man on diving board doing backward somersault into a swimming pool. Group of U.S. military soldiers play billiards and also watch a movie. Couples dancing in the early 1950s, including some swing dancing moves. Football game being played between Bolling base and Quantico base teams.
In a U.S. Army documentary, an Army Sergeant walks on sidewalks of a typical 1950 small town in the rural United States -- Ottumwa, Iowa. Civilians on streets of the city. Various shops and 1940s and 1950s era automobiles. People from various walks of life talk to the Sergeant. The Sergeant recalls the town's ancestors entering America. The Des Moines river is shown with a small boat anchored at the end of a dock and men and boys fishing. Statue of an Indian Chief atop the Courthouse Building, Chief Wapello, whose tribe camped in the spot of the town years prior. The entrance of the library. Still images and drawings from the library depicting the town. Pictures of houses, shops and other buildings. People on the streets of Ottumwa. The Ottumwa Daily Courier newspaper headline announcing U.S. participation in World War I, "War Becomes Actuality." Images of members from Ottumwa's own Company G, 42nd Rainbow Division in WWI, including soldiers Arthur Menge, Charles Orman, Marlow Work. Views of WWI battle scenes. Oscar Nelson is remembered for heroism. WWI soldiers returning to American towns. Private Charles Orman 40 years later in Ottumwa. He enters a barber shop. Art Menge is also seen in the Barber shop. Aerial view of the city with many bridges, plants, factories, and homes visible. Cars and pedestrians on streets, The Ottumwa Bank, the Airport with a plane parked in front of the terminal, the Railroad train station with people waiting as a large sleek silver passenger train pulls up and arrives. The Hoffmann Drug store, the Ottumwa Hotel, The Ottumwa Daily Courier newspaper building, the Glover Motor Company, the Union Bank, and the Sunnyslope Sanitorium. Various homes and neighborhoods and 1950s automobiles. Governor Herschel Loveless, an Ottumwa native, at home with his wife. The home on Davis Street of the Miss Universe contest winner Carol Morris, and views of Ms. Morris in the pageant and receiving the winners crown in 1956.
U.S. President Harry S. Truman dedicates Friendship International Airport in Anne Arundel County Maryland, United States, south of Baltimore. Aerial view of the new airport. A sign on a terminal building reads 'Friendship International Airport'. President Truman disembarks from an aircraft together with Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr., and is greeted by officials. He reviews an honor guard. A crowd seated during the dedication ceremony. The President speaks into a microphone and gives a short address (sound is present in clip for this portion). (The airport was later renamed Baltimore/Washington International Airport, and subsequently, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Also known as BWI.)
Documentary titled 'Woven into the life of America', on manufacture of various types of garments by the Burlington Mills in North Carolina, United States. View of the Statue of Liberty and of New York City Manhattan Island skyline from the New York Harbor. A boat underway at harbor. Aerial view of tall buildings and skyscrapers of New York City. Pedestrians in 1950s fashions walk on sidewalks of New York City, with some shopping. Trendy clothes are displayed in a shop's window. A model wearing a night gown. A bride being dressed. A receptionist at the reception counter of the Burlington Mills. Employees at work on loom machines.
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.