Delegates of the Pan American Highway Commission present a gift after a month-long tour of the United States in 1924. Ceremony at the Pan American Union in Washington DC. Tablet is unveiled inscribed with the title 'Highway of Friendship', and presented as a gift to the Highway Education Board. The first line of the tablet reads, "Commemorative of the Official visit of the Pan American Highway Commission to the District of Columbia and the states of North Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey June 2 to July 3, 1924. The happiness and prosperity of the people of the United States have been greatly enhanced by your definite program of Highway education...." U.S. Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg accepts the tablet and speaks to those gathered.
Mix of scenes covering Henry Ford and his Model T cars, Model Ts travel through a stream and along rutted roads and through snow. Ford Model Ts equipped with special wheels travel on the rails along a railroad trestle. One drives slowly along a large pipeline. Views inside Ford auto factory of assembly line operations. Car hoods being pressed into shape. Car bodies on assembly line. Engine blocks moving on conveyer. Car bodies being placed on chassis. Henry Ford walking along garden path at his home, Fairlane, in Dearborn Michigan. Glimpse of Henry Ford joking with Scottish comedian, Harry Lauder, in 1914. Henry ford tinkering with an old steam engine, and later, driving one of his tractors. Ford in his office conferring with employees. Family gathering as Edsel Ford is about to embark on a transcontinental trip with Model T Ford cars, on May 5, 1924. The Fords doing country dances together. Henry Ford camping with Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs (later seen driving a 1918 Ford Model T). Views of the men (who called themselves the "Four Vagabonds," as they dine under a tent and use a large Lazy Susan table. Ford speaking directly into Edison's right ear (he was hard of hearing) while Firestone looks on, amused. Edsel Ford with his father outdoors, and in the Ford factory. Father and son sitting by the Quadricycle with
a 1936 white Ford sedan behind them. Portrait of Henry Ford. Luxury limousine at a mansion. It has no right side door for the chauffeur, and a right hand steering wheel (British built?) Woman enters and luxurious interior is described. Chauffeur enters at left door and slides across seat to right-side steering wheel. Lincoln chauffeured limousine passes and parks in front of a Model T. May 1927, men assemble the body onto the 15 millionth Model T car, and it drives away with Henry Ford as passenger. Old Ford cars brought into plant where they are seen being crushed and scrapped, and their steel recycled into new cars.
Race for Presidential election in 1924. Franklin D. Roosevelt, on crutches,as a result of polio, poses with Democratic party leaders John W. Davis and Alfred E. Smith. Democratic Party convention in New York, United States. Delegates from various states at the convention. People carry banners of various states. Alfred Smith and William McAdoo are the front runners for the Presidential nomination.
Animated map shows the course taken by Douglas World Cruiser aircraft of the U.S. Army Air Service in their round-the-world flight in 1924. It also highlights mishaps, such as the location of Major Fredrick F Martin's crash in mountains off Alaska and where Lt. Wade was forced down and wrecked near Iceland. Animation shows route from England to Newfoundland to Greenland to Labrador to east coat of United states and aerial route across states. The expedition was completed by 2 of the 5 original Douglas World Cruiser aircraft, namely: the "Chicago," crewed by Lt. Lowell Smith and Lt. Leslie Arnold; and the "New Orleans," crewed by Lt. Erik Nelson and Lt. Jack Harding. They are seen being congratulated by their Expedition Commander, Major Frederick F. Martin at the completion of the mission, on September 28, 1924, in Seattle, Washington.
The Pan American Highway Commission visits Chicago United States. Busy city streets of Chicago with high rise buildings, cars and pedestrians. Passenger ferry boat on Lake Michigan. The Commission delegates observe the Municipal Pier recreation center, jutting a mile into Lake Michigan. Lighthouse on the end of the Municipal Pier.
Documentary about the U.S. Army's flight around the world in 1924, employing four Douglas World Cruiser aircraft. A flag of United States. Crowds gather around around. the four Douglas World Cruisers, named Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, and Seattle, as they prepare to depart from Seattle, Washington, on their expedition. One of the aircraft taking off. All the aircraft in flight over Seattle Washington. Major Frederick F. Martin Commander of the flight. An animated map shows the aerial expedition's route and locations of various accidents and incidents that beset them along the way. View of one Douglas World Cruiser in flight, equipped with floats. The expedition was completed by the Cruiser,Chicago, crewed by pilot, Lt. Lowell Smith and Lt. Leslie Arnold; and by the
New Orleans, crewed by pilot, Lt. Erik Nelson and Lt. Jack Harding, who are seen being congratulated by expedition Commander, Major Frederick F. Martin upon their completion of the mission in Seattle, on September 28, 1924.