From the Ford Motor Company produced film, "Scenes From the World of Tomorrow" documenting the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York City. View of buildings of the New York World's Fair of 1940. The Brooklyn Bridge. Aerial view of Manhattan Island, New York City. Skyscrapers of New York City including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. New York Harbor and ships in the harbor. View of the buildings of the New York Worlds Fair in the distance in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as seen from high in a skyscraper of New York City. The Fair's Trylon and Perisphere stand out. People walk along the sides of fountains and waterways at the fair. Crowds milling about, bands marching, dancers performing. Flags of many nations flying on the flag poles. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of George Washington, as the first President of the United States and a statue of George Washington. A bus moves on the street. Fountains and a small bridge near a waterway. Pavilions of nations of England, Japan, and Italy. The USA building and some of the buildings of U.S. States including Maine and Florida. Fountains and waterways of the fair. Woman and two girls eat ice cream cones. A Raymond Loewy - designed S1 experimental streamlined locomotive created for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Pavilions of American Telephone & Telegraph and of United States Steel Corporation, also of Westinghouse, Goodrich, Chrysler, and General Motors.
Americans express their views about United States entering into World War II after the Pearl Harbor attack. Isolationist and interventionist views are presented. Senator Gerald P. Nye advocates in favor of an arms embargo. Urging against American involvement in war, Senator Burton K. Wheeler cautions that war mongers and interventioners control most of the avenues of propaganda. Wendell Willkie speaks advocating unity of purpose in America and importance of assisting the threatened democracies of Europe with war materiel and supplies. Next, Senator Joshua B. Lee of Oklahoma strongly urges support for lend-lease and "setting in motion an industrial blitzkrieg (of war materiel) that will make it possible for England to blast Hitlarism from the face of the earth." View of Congress meeting in the U.S. Capitol chamber. Anti-war college aged students protests against involvement in war and picket at the White House in Washington D.C.,United States. Adjacent to them are other protestors picketing against the peace advocates, with signs like "Americans are against subversive organizations picketing the White House" and "We Americans protest Communists picketing the White House. A women's organization advocating peace or protectionism or isolationism is seen wearing all black. They pull down black veils over their faces in a show of unity against war and the possible loss of American boys to war. An outdoor rally of a fascist organization meeting in America. Also scenes from a German American Bund meeting in 1939 in New York's Madison Square Garden. Speaker at the meeting is Fritz Julius Kuhn who watches as a protestor leaps on the stage and is subdued by guards. Scenes shown from various other protests in the United States during the same era, including labor strikes and lockouts, and a group holding a rally in favor of equal rights or civil rights, with a woman holding a sign "Did Lincoln Free the Slaves?"
An Allied propaganda film to solidify Anglo-American solidarity within the ranks as well as to counter Nazi propaganda aimed at weakening the alliance shows British soldiers in Great Britain during World War 2. 1938: in the United States New York Yankees win the pennant in baseball; scene of Yankees team members shaking hands. View of aviator Douglas Corrigan nicknamed Wrong Way Corrigan after his accidental flight from New York to Ireland instead of California as planned. View of trains on the 6th Avenue Elevated (or Sixth Avenue El) before that service was halted in Manhattan New York City. British citizens go about their daily life. Derby horse race in a stadium. A British boy and his father shovel dirt for a backyard garden. Players play a football (soccer) game at Wembley Stadium in England as spectators cheer the 1938 FA Cup Final with Preston North End taking the Cup versus Huddersfield Town as George Mutch scores the winning goal. Scenes in Germany: People cheer for German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and give Nazi salute. Newspaper headlines about Czech occupation. Graves in a cemetery. British Prime Minister Arthur Neville Chamberlain, Adolf Hitler Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini sign the Munich Agreement. Despite a peace agreement Hitler invades Czechoslovakia. People read 'Military Training Act, 1939'. British soldiers march along a road. View of Adolf Hitler smiling and laughing. Artillery is fired. A poster reads 'Britain Declares War on Germany'. Airplanes in flight and drop leaflets over Germany. German airplanes in flight. Parachutists jump from the airplanes. Hitler talks to officers and considers the war to be over. Radio news broadcast of the British declaration of war on Germany by Neville Chamberlain. Many different British citizens and families shown in living rooms and work places gathered around radios to hear the so called "We shall fight on the beaches" speech of Winston Churchill on June 4, 1940.
The last portion of Emma Lazarus’sonnet,"The New Colossus," is shown as engraved on a tablet inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Illustrations of immigrants arriving and felling trees to build dwellings in America. Reenactments of early English, Scottish, and Dutch settlers building houses and working at crafts in New England. Italian sulphur mine workers in Louisiana. Immigrants, from France and Switzerland, planting vineyards in California and New York State. Danes, Norwegians, and Swedes, sowing seed and cultivating crops in the Midwest. Polish and Welsh immigrants in American coal mines. African Americans harvesting cotton in the South, including a woman with her baby riding on her long collecting bag. A Spaniard on horseback in the Southwest. Mexicans working in Texas oil fields and on ranches of New Mexico. Greek and Portuguese fishermen with huge catches of fish. A German technician working with fine instruments. Hungarian and Russian immigrants working in steel mills. Irish, Slavs, and Chinese, building railroads. Closeup of lumberjack's axes and saws cutting trees. A forge and a blacksmith shoeing a horse with horseshoes. A woman at work with a spinning wheel. Railroad ties and rails being placed. An antique railroad workman's locomotive and car. Men installing telegraph wire on rough poles. An antique steam locomotive pulling a freight train. Cowboys on horseback rounding up steers. Herds of cattle,sheep, and pigs, bound to market. Farmers tilling soil with horse-drawn cultivators, preparing tobacco leaves for drying, and loading cotton bales. Machines spinning thread in a textile mill or factory. Fabric weaving machines at work. An early steam boat underway in a river. Early model automobile driving on dirt road. Wright Flyer airplane in flight with several persons on board. Early tractors and harvester machinery working on a farm. Glimpses of American industrial plants and transportation in rapid succession (some of it showing building of Hoover Dam and building of the Chrysler Building in New York City). Oil well drilling and a "gusher" oil well spouting oil upward. Steel mills, locomotive trains, and then a scientist in a laboratory working with beakers and a solution. Dynamite charges blasting away sides of mountains and gorges, and scenes of dam construction and dams opening to allow water gushing. Large electrical control levers being thrown to run electricity, and scenes of electric transmission towers and facilities. Natural gas storage areas. Golden Gate bridge under construction and high rise skyscraper buildings being constructed, including the Chrysler Building circa 1930 while still under construction in New York City. Aerial view of New York City. Camera panning over the gravestones in Arlington National Cemetery.
A Ford motor company advertisement in technicolor for the new, quiet engineered 1939 Ford automobile. A panoramic view of a forest. Deer in the forest. A man takes photographs of companions, a man and two women in the forest. Their 1939 Ford car parked in the background. They all get in the car and drive away on a road in the forest.
A technicolor commercial advertisement promoting the safety of 1939 Ford automobiles. A Transworld Airways (TWA) DC-3 Lindbergh Line airplane is seen in flight. It has "The Lindbergh Line" painted across its fuselage, and "Sky Sleeper 353" painted on its tail. Operators seen in control tower of airport. Pilot seen in cockpit of the airplane. The DC-3 lands and taxis to a parking place on the airport. Steps are placed at the door and passengers descend from the airplane. An arriving couple are met by a man and woman. They all get into a new 1939 Ford four-door sedan automobile and drive away in the car.