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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
Scenes of American people engaged in different occupations in the United States in the 1950s. African American surveyor looks through a survey transit instrument as they work on a construction project with Brooklyn Bridge of New York City in background. Men in suits examine blueprints at construction site of an interstate highway cloverleaf system. A man studies and works on the construction site of a bridge. Nurses in a classroom take down notes. A redcap pulls baggage at a railway station. Men work on construction projects. Masons, carpenters work at construction site. Surgeons operate on patient in operating theater. Cowboys hold down a calf and brand it, A housewife prepares a meal. A man operates an automobile elevator parking lot and 1950's American automobiles are seen passing by his lift. A truck of the 'Sand and Gravel Corporation' at a construction site.