The Pan American Highway Commission officials received by Cameron A. Morrison, Governor of North Carolina. Governor Morrison and the delegates pose for a photo on steps of a building. The commission visits the Highway Equipment Depot near Raleigh and inspects the machinery. They proceed towards University of North Carolina. Traffic signs and direction boards on road sides. University of North Carolina college students give a cheer and greet the group. The commission buses, cars, motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecars are seen traveling on highway roads in North Carolina. The commission members observe road machinery and try out the machines including early tractors, graders, scrapers, and plows, trench diggers, and steam shovels. Two delegate members ride in the bucket of a steam shovel. They halt at the newly completed Wilcox Bridge spanning the Yadkin River near Spencer, North Carolina. A view of the caravan on the open-spandrel (open support system) Wilcox Bridge over the Yadkin River and then in a North Carolina town. The group entering Bessemer city in North Carolina, where a welcome banner spans the roadway.
U.S. Marines during landing maneuvers in New River, North Carolina. Marines charging from landing barge onto beach. Transport at sea. American flag on mast. Convoy of transport sat sea. Naval officer looks at plane flying overhead, speaks to Marine officer, and then looks through binoculars. Marine bugler. Sailor on bridge blows whistle. Landing barges and Higgins boats are lowered from transport. Navy officer on bridge gives orders through megaphone. Sailor holds signal flags beside him. A gun is lowered from transport. Marines climb down cargo net and board landing boat. Landing boat and barges approaching shore line and beaching. Marines dash through surf and charge onto beach. Medium tanks roll off landing barges onto the beach.
Workers in war production effort busy at a General Electric Plant in the United States during World War 2. Men wheel portable power generators used to power search lights. Search light spots an airplane above in the sky during testing. Various parts being manufactured for large U.S. Navy warships. Auxiliary generators provide heat, light and power to cruisers. Big reduction gears and turbines being finished in the factory and tested. Ships outfitted with GE turbines are launched. Narrator mentions the recent launch of several battleships. Two battleship launches are shown, including the June 13, 1940 launch of the USS North Carolina (BB-55), being christened by Ms. Hoey, daughter of Clyde Hoey, the Governor of North Carolina. Beside her in dress white U.S. Navy uniforms are Lt. Sampson and Lt. DeMetropolis. The battleship slides down skids into waters at New York shipyard.
Credits for the documentary titled 'Creative Hands' about mountain handicrafts in North Carolina. Background info about earlier handicrafts as an important part of civilization. A farmer weaves, sculpts a swan, whittle in clay. Scene change to New York City and busy areas of Manhattan, with people outside the Rockefeller Center in New York watching ice skaters. Women do window shopping. People enter Radio City Music Hall. Scene change again to farming areas in the mountains of southwest North Carolina. Animated map of United States. Wide views of farmland and a house in Brasstown North Carolina. Men cut a tree for lumber using a two man saw. Teacher at John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown helps farmer to develop creative ideas using local materials. A sign reads "John C Campbell Folk School Handcrafts." Farmers walk with their materials and are seen seated at a table of the school showing some of their handicrafts. They are taught creative ideas by the teacher.
Shining glass panels of a building on a road side. A road construction site. Traffic moving on an interstate highway. A 36 story apartment in New York. A highway with bridges. View of George Washington bridge over the Hudson River in New York City. Many views of American highways as seen from a moving vehicle. Many 1950s era cars and trucks are seen moving on the highway roads. View of interstate highway in Georgia with exits to Interstates 75 and 85. Sign on interstate highway 580. Traffic moving under a bridge. Road signs on highway for exit to Route 21 in North Carolina between Charlotte and Statesville. Cars moving on roads. Back of a truck moving on a highway. A restaurant on the side of a road. Children fishing in a body of water on the side of a road. A family sitting in shade enjoying a picnic during a road trip. People eating at a picnic table. Two young children drink from glasses.
Coast Guardsmen wearing white uniforms perform drill maneuvers with their rifles along the Cape Fear Riverfront in Wilmington, North Carolina. They stand in place and move their rifles synchronously during the drill. A single Coast Guardsman performs drill maneuvers on the deck of a ship. Coast Guardsmen supervise and guard the site of a large liquor bust during Prohibition. The bust is at the corner of North Water Street and Market Street in Wilmington North Carolina, on the bank of the Cape Fear River. A Coast Guard ship moored at pier along Water Street. Hundreds of wooden boxes heaped along Water Street in front of what is today the Alton Lennon Federal Building and Courthouse, between Market and Princess streets. Workers destroy the boxes with axes and sledge hammers while Coast Guard look on. Illegal liquor flowing in the street. Men continue to remove more boxes from the building at the corner of Water and Market. Road is filled with smashed boxes. Crowd watches the activities from the end of Market Street. A truck arrives to pick up the smashed boxes. Boats and ships at the port by the street are shown. Smashed boxes are loaded on the truck. One nearby building is named the "Union Cafe". A book shop is in the same building. (Today, that building at 14 South Water Street is site of the Riverboat Landing Restaurant). The JW Brooks Wholesale Grocer building is also seen in the footage, with its sign painted on the Market Street side of its brick face.