Mostly reenactment footage showing how post-civil war Industrialization leads to a market surplus in United States giving a boost to commerce. (Film made in 1961) Development of communication system, system of sending mails by horsemen. Telegraph poles and cables set up. Construction of Transcontinental railroad tracks to develop a vast transport network. Sketches of men laying telegraph cable across Atlantic to set up link between east and west. Expansion of petroleum industry: Dramatization of an oil well "gusher" as it gushes oil upward and excited well workers celebrate. Following scene is of actual oil wells gushing and a field of oil wells and derricks in place.
Christmas time advertisement for U.S. Savings Bonds. Interior of a house decorated for Christmas, with Christmas tree and toy train running on a table. Actress Donna Reed walks to the table, stops the train and holds up a December 1958 U.S. Savings Bond. She speaks about the Savings Bond, places it on a toy train car, and starts the train. As the train moves along the track, it passes signs reflecting successive passing time increments: Dec 1961 (three years), Dec 1964 (3 more years), and Aug 1968 (3 more years and 8 months). By staying on track to maturity, the bond is worth much more. Donna Reed notes this and suggests Savings Bonds as a Christmas gift. She closes by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. (Note: The original maturity period for a Series E Bond was 10 years. But the U.S. Government reduced it to 9 years and 8 months, in 1952. That revised maturity period is reflected in this advertisement.) (Additional note: The trains are by Lionel, and include "The General" locomotive, a New York Central boxcar, a Lionel flatcar, and Lionel Lines caboose.)
John F Kennedy confers with Dwight D Eisenhower on the Cuban Crisis at Camp David, Maryland. John F Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, arrives by a helicopter. Dwight D Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, also arrives by air. The two Presidents greet each other. Photographers click their photos. They walk towards a house for a conference. Other officers stand behind them. They get into a car and move.
The 10th Annual Washington International horse race, at Laurel Race Course in Maryland, begins with a shot from starter's gun. . Horses gallop fast on the race course. Nearly 31,000 people gather to watch the race. Two horses run close towards finish. Kelso with Eddie Arcaro up finishes second. The Venezuelan horse finishes third, prior to the Russian horse. The race is won by T.V. Lark in a record period of 2.26.50 minutes. The prize for winner is 70 thousand dollars.
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.
The fourth presidential election debate held between Democratic nominee Senator John F. Kennedy and Republican nominee U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon in in New York, United States on 21st October 1960. NBC News correspondent John Chancellor asks a question to Senator Kennedy in relation with U.S. relations with the Soviet Union. Correspondent Chancellor asks if Russians have resumed testing of nuclear devices as per news from Atomic Energy Commission of Washington and if the U.S. would resume its own nuclear testing in 1961. Senator Kennedy replies to the question and says that the next President of the United States should make one last effort to secure an agreement on the cessation of nuclear tests. He mentions the Conference for the Reduction and Limitation of Armaments from 1932-1934 held in Geneva, Switzerland. Kennedy says that he believes the effort should be made once more by who so ever is elected the President of the United States. Senator Kennedy says that if they fail in making the effort, the responsibility will be clearly on the Russians and then they'll have to meet their responsibilities for the security of the United States, and they may have to test underground. He says that there may be testing in outer space. Senator Kennedy says that he is most concerned about the whole problem of the spread of atomic weapons. ABC News correspondent Quincy Howe asks the Vice President to comment. Vice President Nixon says that the Soviet Union is filibustering. He says further that the elected president should immediately make a time table to break Soviet filibustering.