The world struggle for oil is depicted. Use of components of oil in homes and in railroads in the United States is shown. A dramatization shows the effect of a kerosene lamp on social life. A woman seated in a chair near a table in a room. A kerosene lamp in a corner. A man opens the door of the room and walks in. The woman gets up and welcomes the man. They both walk to a seat and sit down. Another woman enters the room. The man stands to greet her. She increases the light of the lamp and then leaves the room. The man decreases the light of the lamp. The man and the woman talk. The 1893 replica of the 1831 DeWitt Clinton steam locomotive is shown in operation with its three carriage train, in New York City. The DeWitt Clinton was the first railroad locomotive to operate on the Mohawk & Hudson Railroad in New York. The reproduction seen here was built in 1893 by the New York Central Railroad for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. This footage was shot on July 17, 1921 when the DeWitt Clinton train was preparing for a trip to another exposition in Chicago. On this day it ran several times from 96th to 116th streets in New York City. New York Central employees are seen on the drain, dressed as passengers would have been in 1831. This replica was later displayed at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, and is is now on display at The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn Michigan. It was acquired by Henry Ford in 1934, in an agreement with the New York Central that it would continue to travel to events on occasion.
Various endurance flights and their comparison. A map of the United States as it depicts the comparison of various endurance flights from 1909 to 1921. Map compares various flights like the 1910 flight by Glenn Curtis, trans continental flight in 1919 by O.C. Read, non stop trans Atlantic flight by Captain John Olcock. 1st transcontinental flight by R.C. Towler in 1912.
British writer Herbert George Wells (H G Wells) poses aboard ship on visit to United States, in 1921, where he will attend Washington Disarmament Conference. He removes his hat.
German composer Richard Strauss, on second visit to America, in 1921. (His first visit was in 1904.)
Several Keystone LB-5s (triple tails) and LB-5As (double tails) move across an airfield, circa 1928. Test bombing of captured German battleship, Ostfriesland, in 1921. Smoke arises due to bombing. A formation of four Martin NBS-1 bombers over the former USS Alabama (BB-8), in the Chesapeake Bay, on September 23, 1921. A white phosphorus bomb explodes atop the ship raising a huge white cloud. One of the Martin bombers flies low over the water drops a smoke curtain.
A medium bomb (probably dropped by a U.S. Navy aircraft) is seen hitting the German Battleship Ostfriesland on July 20, 1921 in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States. A formation of U.S. Navy Curtiss F5L flying boats is seen in the air. The following day, July 21, 1921, 2000 lb. bomb is seen exploding near the Ostfriesland. The bomb is dropped by an airplane from an Air Corps unit commanded by Army Brigadier General Billy Mitchell (neither seen). Several other 2000 lb. bombs explode on and near the Ostfriesland, causing it to roll over and sink.
Experiments on the aerial bombing of water crafts off Virginia Capes in the United States. C-Class airship (blimp) on mooring mast and in flight over the water. Bombing crews gathered in field for briefing. Mass takeoffs of SE-5A scout planes, a 2 seater DeHaviland-4B and Martin Bombers NBS-1. U.S. Navy battleship of the Atlantic Fleet watch the maneuvers. Bombing observation ships, the seaplane tender USS Shawmut and transport USS Henderson at sea. 4 ex-German vessels - The submarine U-117, destroyer G-102, cruiser Frankfort, and battleship of the First Class the Ostfriesland at sea. Brigadier General William Mitchell observes the bombing from a DH-4 while U.S. Navy's Captain Moffet observes from a USN NC-8. June 21, 1921: The bombing begins with starting shots on the U-117. Three 163lb HE bombs dropped on the submarine. The submarine half submerged and its debris on the surface after sinking. July 13, 1921: The destroyer G-102 bombed by an Army aircraft. Smoke from the explosions.