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Views of a typical small town in the midwestern United States in the 1950s, Ottumwa, Iowa.

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.

Date: 1958
Duration: 5 min 49 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
New York City scenes around 1950 and views of the Burlington Mills operations in North Carolina, USA.

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.

Date: 1950
Duration: 2 min 26 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
The Wright Air Development Center (WADC) in United States.

'The Story of Wright Air Development Center' shows various activities at WADC in United States. Aircraft parked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Narration outlines the purpose of Wright Air Development Center. The Wright Flyer manually pulled out of a hangar. Two men climb into aircraft. A plane is catapulted by means of weight. Crowd stands in the foreground. The flight took place at Ft. Myer. A Wright Brother Development Center. Wright field shows Massie Wind Tunnel, Aero-Med Lab, hangars etc. A book entitled 'Wright Air Development Center'. Hands turn back showing forward mission to complete research and development of aircraft, guided missiles, weapons, components and associated equipment etc. A technician pushes instrument on cart down hallway-interested along hallway are various types of gaging instruments. Technician opens vault door and places instruments in chamber. Entrance of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Two technicians work in office building.

Date: 1950
Duration: 3 min 59 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
A USAF personnel take weather data and studies it at the Atmospheric Ionization Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The geophysical activities at the Atmospheric Ionization Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A man seated behind desk take notes from charts and papers to compile statistics on atmospheric occurrences. Two military personnel carry weather balloon out of a building. A USAF (United States Air Force) personnel takes weather data. Two teletype machines. A man enters and tears teletype message from the machine and walks out. A woman prepares perforated cards on a large machine.

Date: 1950
Duration: 1 min 42 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Excerpt from USIA film of orchestra and chorus performing at music festival in Tanglewood, Massachusetts.

Excerpt from United States Information Service film about the music school and festival at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Massachusetts. Maestro Serge Koussevitzky conducts the Boston Symphony orchestra and a chorus in an outdoor performance during the summer of 1951. Views of the conductor, orchestra, chorus, and audience including many listening while reclining on the grass on the grounds of the institute.

Date: 1950
Duration: 1 min 7 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: English
 
 
Rapid development of science and technology in United States. Recreation in America. Poverty and problems in America

Montage of Americana spanning parts of the 1950s and 1960s. Science and technology in the United States. Scientists work in laboratories and conduct various experiments. Scientists look into microscopes and treat patients with scientific medical equipment. People relax at a beach and amusement park. People watch a baseball game. Spectators from behind the fences watch bucking horses in a rodeo. Playing golf. Ten pin bowling. Motorboats race in water. Water skiing. View at a football game, horse race, basketball game, and Joe Louis boxing. Ice skating with sails. Swimming pool and high dive. 1940s fashion scenes: Juke box; Pegged pants; bobby sox;saddle shoes and dancing to an orchestra. People Square dancing, fishing, throwing horse shoes, playing shuffle board and lunching in backyard. Americans enjoying parks with lakes, swimmers, boaters and lots of park benches, where they sit and relax. Contrasting scenes of poverty in America: poor tenement and slum housing; bread line food relief for the poor; criminals being apprehended by police in paddy wagons; African American and some white American people demonstrate by the reflecting pool near Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, DC, during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Demonstrators holding signs protesting racism, low wages, and poor housing; and advocating civil rights. Travel by Americans: People boarding an Air France airplane, airport scenes and people boarding a Pan Am (Pan American) passenger jet airplane. Ground level shot between art deco sleek passenger railroad trains in motion. People unload luggage from parked passenger bus. Aerial views of American highways with traffic and lots of mostly 1950s era cars and trucks. View of RV trailer park or camping area. Scene from moving car of undeveloped land and then of city at night with many neon signs for hotels, motels, food, and businesses. Vintage American suburban scenes of families tending their neighborhood yards,cutting their lawns, and raking leaves.

Date: 1960
Duration: 3 min 55 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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