Hamburg-American ocean liner, SS New York visits the port of Fort-de-France, in the French Caribbean island of Martinique. Three Women passengers,in swimwear, lean against the ship's railing as other passengers sun themselves lying on deck chairs on the ship's deck. The Island of Martinique can be seen in the background. Another scene shows buildings in the town of Fort-de-France. Crew members lower a tender from the ship to carry passengers to the town. View from the tender underway with crew and passengers aboard, and the SS New York seen at anchor in the background. They pass a two-masted sail boat. View of local people carrying baskets of goods on the town pier. Fish and lobster in a basket. A woman carrying a keg and package on her head. Children walking along the pier with their mother. Local women buying and selling goods. Local people conversing in what the slate calls "a peculiar French patois." Two women and two girls (one holding a doll) conversing. The Fort-de-France Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Louis de Fort-de-France) built of wood except for its steel steeple. The park of La Savane, with statue of Josephine, Empress of France, wife of Napoleon,who was born in Martinique. Passengers returning to the SS New York,climb a gangway from their tender, as local boys in small boats wait nearby for the chance to dive for coins from the passengers aboard the ship.
The start of the 1931 Ford Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour at the Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan, on Sunday July 4th 1931. Opening footage at forefront right shows the Gee Bee model E Sportster flown by Lowell Bayles to a fourth place finish. Forefront center-left is the Great Lakes biplane flown by Joeseph Meehan. A number of various aircraft are parked on the airfield, including an autogyro. Visitors on the airport ramp look at airplanes on display. The museum clock tower and other buildings at Greenfield Village are visible in the background. View looking outward from inside a hanger. A squadron of U.S. Army Air Corps Boeing P-12 pursuit airplanes parked in rows, with propellers all set horizontally. A light high wing monoplane takes off followed, successively, by two Ford trimotor passenger aircraft equipped with wheel pants. View of a biplane landing. A crowd standing in front of a hangar and several officials standing in the grass. People posing on the ramp with airport building in background.
Successful test of the first German Post office mail rocket at Dummersee, Germany, on April 15,1931. It carries 180 pieces of mail (postcards). Reinhold Tiling is seen with his mechanic, Friedrich Kuhr, who holds the rocket, as Tiling inserts a cylinder containing compressed powder fuel. They then invert the rocket and Tiling affixes its nose cone. A post office official hands pieces of mail to Tiling, who places them into the rocket. They position the rocket on its launch stand and fire it. Uniformed Postal officials (and some military officers) watch the rocket as it rises smoothly after launch. Larger, better, and lighter metal (aluminum) are developed in 1931-32.
Friedrich Kuhr standing next to a huge rocket with a wing span of 4 meters.
April, 1931 in Germany. View of a closed sled resembling a small airplane fuselage, fitted with runners underneath and bundles of rockets on each side. It sits on a frozen lake. BR-1 is painted on its side. A man arrives and climbs into the cockpit. The rockets ignite and accelerate the plane somewhat erratically, as it moves along the lake surface.
George Stone and Dr Philip Hauser at the presentation of U.S. census. A slide of U.S. map appears on the screen. 1820 and population figures are marked on part of the map inhabited at that time. The reasons for the increase in the population are discussed by George Stone and Dr Philip Hauser. In the next slide census figures of 1830 appears. Concern for the handicapped lead to including of deaf, dumb and blind category in this census is shown. Dr Philip Hauser shows cartoons appearing in newspapers of that time to George Stone. In the next slide, census figures of 1850 and 7 classes of occupation of people are seen. A percentage representation of various occupations in the population is given in the next slide. The stress on accuracy of 1850 census is seen in the next slide. A comparison of number of occupations of males and females from 1840 to 1870 is shown in the next slide. Census of 1930 is mentioned in the next slide. 1931 is shown as a Special Unemployment Census. Newspaper headlines about stock market crash is seen. Around clip timecode 8:13 are images of Wall Street stock exchange floor near time of stock market crash. Wall Street region in New York City filled with people and views of lines or queues for homeless, unemployed, or food during the Great Depression.
After brief opening scenes of U.S. ships bombed in Pearl Harbor in 1941, the clip recounts Japanese invasion of China following the September 1931 Mukden Incident, and diplomatic League of Nations efforts in 1932 to diffuse the situation. Japanese troops invade Manchuria and China. Japanese troops march with rifles in hands. Board at League of Nations entrance reads 'Societe De Nations'. Guards in uniform stand in front of a gate. Members attend the League of Nations meeting. Japanese delegates leave after resigning. Japanese air raid in China. Japanese troops invade Shanghai. Fleet of Japanese aircraft in flight. They bomb over Chinese targets. Chinese troops moving in mass on the Great Wall of China.