A U.S. arms manufacturing in World War 1. Hundreds of workers seen at shift change, waiting for their respective trolley cars passing on tracks between arms manufacturing plant's buildings. Women at work on metal working machines in an arms factory. Racks of Browning Automatic Rifles (Rifle, Caliber .30, Automatic, Browning, M1918) are being moved about. Assemblers are seen hand fitting parts for the Browning M1917 water cooled machine gun. One man makes final assembly adjustments to one of the machine guns set up on tripod in the factory. He enjoys firing the Browning M1917 machine gun. (Note:The M1917 and M1918 BAR were manufactured by numerous American arms makers. Colt, Remington, Marlin, Royal typewriter, Winchester. Most of the M1917 machine guns were manufactured by New England Westinghouse.)
Union workers gathered in Flint Michigan, 1937, with a sign reading: "We've just begun to fight!" View of an Army truck, with a uniformed National Guardsman atop, manning a Browning M1917 machine gun mounted on a tripod. It drives past the Fisher Body factory, where striking workers, who have occupied the plant are seen looking out the windows. View from factory of National Guardsmen setting up machine guns outside. View from behind two Guardsmen, in battle gear, directing a machine gun from a high point along the factory roadway. Closeup of a machine gun crew setting up. Camera view looking directly into muzzle of the machine gun. Women and children watching the troops. Crowd of supporters waving at the strikers. Several women pass a basket of food to the strikers through a window. Strikers receiving cigarettes and one talking with his wife through a window. A striker lowers his child back down to his wife, after a visit with Daddy. Union workers marching along street, carry a banner of the new local 236 of the UAW (CIO) established on March 3, 1937, for workers at the L. A. Young Spring and Wire Corporation. Former sit-in strikers at the Fisher Body plant are seen outside,with family and friends, celebrating a contract after the 44-day ordeal. A crowd with banner reading: "GM Today, Ford Tomorrow." Several views of union workers from different industries, marching. In one, workers carry a coffin labeled "The Open Shop." Workers walking and waving in front of Chrysler's Desoto plant on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. More views of C.I.O. union workers in gatherings.
The United States of America in 1917. A huge crowd on the streets of a city in the United States. A motorcade proceeds on a road. People on either side of the road wave U.S. flags and cheer. French General Joseph Joffre accompanied by officials walks through a crowd (likely New York City on "Joffre Day," May 11, 1917). A large number of people on the sides wave flags. French General Joseph Joffre is celebrated during the early days of American involvement in World War I. Scene changes to the dome of the United States Capitol building in Washington DC. People outside the building. A Ford motor car arrives. Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, with officials. Henry Ford and Speaker of the House, Congressman James Beauchamp Clark ("Champ") seen seated and talking on a balcony of the United States Capitol building. Officials and dignitaries come down the steps of the Capitol and pose for pictures. The officials conversing. Among them is Thomas Edison who shakes hands with Congressman Clark. The dignitaries leave in an automobile. Next scene shows suffrage and pacifist leader Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin, (the first woman congressional representative in the United States) holding flowers, with other suffragette women in a carriage. Policemen maintain order among the crowd of anti-war pacifists outside the building. Two horsemen arrive outside the building. Men and women stand in a group outside.
Evolution of United States Air Force uniforms in the United States. A pilot in the cockpit of a French Nieuport fighter aircraft. A pilot in a 1917 uniform gets out of the cockpit of the aircraft and walks away. A captain in a1917 pilot's uniform gets into the cockpit of a Nieuport aircraft.
1917 Enfield Rifles (U. S. Rifle, Model of 1917) being manufactured in the United States at one of 3 arms plants (Winchester, Remington, or Eddystone) during World War 1 (between the Spring of 1917 and the Spring of 1919). Film shows assemblers hand fitting parts, a worker adjusting the front sight for proper "zero" in a machine vise, and "Proof" firing before final inspection and acceptance. (Note: At the peak of production, the 3 arms plants were turning out 10,000 rifles per day.)
A Wolverines college football game held at University of Michigan. Crowd seated in the spectator area stands. Campus and athletic buildings in the background. Players at line of scrimmage. Slate indicates "Spark's drop kick scores for Michigan" (referring to Cliff Sparks). Another slate during the action reads "Michigan makes a clever forward pass." (Ferry Field Athletic Clubhouse at the east end of the field is seen in the background.) Includes views from field-level and from high up in bleachers.