Scenes in Lyndhurst, New Jersey after explosion in the Canadian Car and Foundry Company in Kingsland (in Meadowlands of New Jersey) during World War 1. The company built shells for shipment to Russia in World War I. Over 500,000 shells were destroyed in the blast and fire, bombarding the surrounding areas in Kingsland - Lyndhurst. Black smoke rising in the distance, at night, seen from the coast. Close views of industrial buildings and homes on fire. Night views of homes and buildings engulfed in flames. People walk through smoking wreckage afterwards and pick through debris. Devastation covers area flattened by explosion and fire. Twisted railroad tracks covered by debris. A pile of munitions shells in a heap in the burned out shell of a building. View of the D.L.&W (Delaware, Lackawanna & Western) Railroad Shops building at Kingsland (now Lyndhurst), with DL&W train car 605 parked in front. Railroad Shops building is pitted with holes and broken glass from 3-inch shell bombardment. Two men inspect a damaged railroad car with broken glass and a 3-inch shell embedded in the side of the car. A heavily damaged residential house with holes and blown-out windows, and a shell embedded in the front door. Citizens pick through wreckage in front of a building where only cement pilings remain. Scene shifts to Perth Amboy area, October 1918. View of displaced families made homeless by the T.A. Gillespie Shell Loading Plant explosion (Morgan Depot Explosion; largest munitions factory in the world). Refugees sit in a town square. Men, women, and children among the refugees. An Army soldier and Navy sailor seen near refugees as they eat and drink. View of Smith Street in Perth Amboy with shops damaged by the blast. Under Martial Law, U.S. Army troops patrol with rifles to prevent looting. Pedestrians and a streetcar pass. Sign along sidewalk for entrance to Michaels & Co. at 178 Smith Street. (Suspected cause of incidents: Gillespie - worker error; Kingsland - sabotage as in the 1916 Black Tom explosion.)
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.)
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.
Manufacturing of aircraft in United States World War I. Aircraft factories at Buffalo, New Jersey, New York, Detroit, Dayton, Michigan and Elizabeth. Aerial views of aircraft factory, railway siding, warehouses and lumber yard. Workers go to work at one of the plants and workers at work. Men sit around small round tables as they eat in a plant cafeteria.
A man driving a 1917 Ford model T roadster along a severely rutted mud-filled street. A 1917 Ford Model T, one ton truck, trapped in mud. Frustrated driver gets out and kicks a rear tire. Road building crews at work with horse-drawn equipment. Road construction with large steam powered machinery. A 1917 model T roadster driving along a new smooth concrete road. Women making purchases at a sidewalk stand and placing them into their Ford Model T sedan. A doctor arrives at house of a patient, in a Ford Model T roadster. Americans driving Ford Model T cars in the National Parks. Cars driving past a giant redwood tree. Man in a Ford Model T stopped beside woods and feeding a bear in a National Park, as a Park Ranger stands nearby. Ford Model T driving through the tunnel cut in the "Wawona" giant sequoia tree, in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias at Yosemite National Park. A 1918 Ford Model T touring car parked at a picnic site, with family sitting at picnic table nearby. Families with Ford Model T cars, engaged in outdoor activities, picnicking, and gathering wild flowers. Two men making their Model T into a shelter for overnight camping. Family picnicking at a beach; their Model T parked on road above. Children playing on a beach; picking up seaweed; and wading in the surf, near large rocks.
Post-war home front activities in New Jersey, United States, shortly after the end of World War II. Locomotive train running on railroad tracks through the main street center of Passaic New Jersey. The Great Falls of the Passaic River is seen (now part of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park) with a power generating facility in the foreground. Views of various industries in the Passaic area, some deriving power from the falls. Factory workers seen outside a large industrial factory as they enter it. Narrator notes that the factories are being converted to peace time production. Women seen working in a textile mill. View of bolts of cloth, sewing, and looms. Steel mill activities. A factory making wood veneer or cardboard or thick paper. A man operates an industrial machine. Women sew clothes. Workers work on machines. View of street signs, buildings, pedestrians, and traffic with 1940s era automobiles and buses at the intersection of Broad Street and Market Street, in the Four Corners District of Newark, New Jersey. Narrator describes it as the 3rd most busy intersection in the world. Boats in Lake Hopatcong. A boat launch area at the lake and some people on the lake shore. A woman wearing a swimming cap dives into the lake from a dock.