Newsreel clip on Minnesota welcoming major league baseball to the state in April 1961. Exterior views of Metropolitan Stadium, the home of the new Minnesota Twins. Banner reads "The Minnesota Twins Welcome You." Announcer notes team is playing in Bloomington, seven miles from each of the state's two major cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul. View of 25,000 spectators, most bundled up for a chilly day, inside stadium for the home opener against the Washington Senators. Those on hand include baseball commissioner Ford Frick, American League president Joe Cronin, and Minnesota Governor Elmer Andersen. Announcer notes the previous Washington team moved to Minnesota and was replaced with a new Senators team in Washington. Dignitaries walk on field trailed by Minnesota manager Cookie Lavagetto and Washington manager Mickey Vernon. Dignitaries raise the American flag. Governor Andersen kisses a baseball and throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Announcer notes Twins lost this game, but says "Who cares?" because Minnesota is in the big leagues.
A film on uses of dynamite in the United States. Open pits on iron ranges of Minnesota. Large quantities of iron ore is mined with the help of dynamite. Men working in the area. A locomotive on a railroad track.
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.
Delegates from the Pan American Highway Commission travel northward in Minnesota, United States during a visit to various states. A bridge over the Upper Mississippi River near St. Paul is visible with a small sign identifying the waterway as the Mississippi River. The bridge has multiple metal trusses atop stone pilings. People greet the Commission delegates in a small town. View of Minnesota Governor J.A.O. Preus enjoying a drink with commission delegates and towns people near a town gazebo. The town may be Garrison, Isle, Malmo Township, Vineland, Wahkon, or Wealthwood Township, Minnesota, as there is also a view over the banks of Mille Lacs Lake near which all of these towns are situated.
Slate indicates that 200 million gallons of gasoline are used annually in the United States for power (in 1925). View of a busy city street, possibly New York City, circa 1925 with motor vehicle traffic, pedestrians and many tall buildings. Many early automobiles seen. A worker tests flash point of kerosene. Lighted candle in stuck block of paraffin (wax) showing wax or parrafin as a byproduct of petroleum. Slate indicates that petroleum provides motor fuel, common light, a lubricant for machinery and other important by-products.
Lieutenant Al Williams flying a Curtiss R3C1 racer aircraft for the 1925 Pulitzer Race at Mitchel Field in New York, United States. View of the navy R3C1. Lieutenant Al Williams and a civilian look at a map laid out on a wingtip of the aircraft. Lieutenant Cy Bettis and Lieutenant Williams standing behind the navy R3C1 aircraft. Lieutenant Williams removes his uniform coat and cap, then Lieutenant Bettis helps him put on a parachute and he climbs into the cockpit of the aircraft. Lieutenant Williams seated in the cockpit of the navy R3C1. He smiles at a camera and puts on goggles. A civilian comes up to side of the cockpit and the two men confer over a small notebook. The navy R3C1 with its engine running on a grass field. Several Curtiss mechanics push the tail of the aircraft around. An army officer, a civilian and an army enlisted man are standing nearby and are watching. The navy R3C1 taxis in front of a small hangar. The army R3C1 takes off. Two aircraft flying over Mitchel Field during the course of the 1925 Pulitzer Race. The navy R3C1 lands. Lt. Williams wearing a flight jacket and a navy service cap.