Start of a documentary production titled,"The Inheritance."
Introductory slate tells how in December, 1914, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (Union) was founded in a meeting at Webster Hall, New York City. It also describes how far and wide that union had grown in the ensuing 50 years.
An ocean liner is seen in the mist in New York Harbor. Fog horn sounds. The statue of Liberty is seen dimly through the fog. A commercial ship and a tug boat pass in front of Ellis Island. Views of building interior, Sign in boiler room reads: "U.S. Immigrant Station. Ellis Island. N.Y.H." Furnace door and thermometer and pressure gauges are seen. Large hall is seen. Camera pans through the empty corridors and rooms of the facility. The frame of an iron baby's crib sits in an empty room. View through window of Ellis Island proper, just outside, and of New York City buildings across the water. Montage of still photo images: Immigrants on the deck of a ship in 1901. Views of small children. A group of immigrants wearing the fez. Immigrants waving their hats as they see the Statue of Liberty. Broader view of the ship packed with immigrants. Interior of Ellis Island building with queue of new arrivals being processed. Immigration officers seated on high stools, checking documents of arrivals. Medical officer examines a boy with a stethoscope (screening for TB). View shifts to passengers arriving. They walk across the pier, carrying their belongings.
Jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong in the United States. Armstrong speaking during an interview. He says that he was born in 1900, in "James Alley." (He was actually born in 1901.) A large crowd in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. A large float in the parade. highlights of Louis's life. Louis Armstrong's childhood home, shortly before it was demolished in the mid-1960s. In 1901, Louis Armstrong is born on August 4th, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Mary (Mayann) and William Armstrong. A photograph of Louis with his mother, Mayann, and sister, Mama Lucy (Beatrice), c. 1922. View of the French Quarter in New Orleans, with characteristic ironwork and porches. A horse carriage and a vehicle moving down a city street. A view of Louis Armstrong's teachers Bunk Johnson, Joe 'King' Oliver and others. Louis Armstrong says that he has played with all the best musicians. Louis Armstrong seated with a trumpet in his hand and other musicians standing beside him.
Standing in front of a statue honoring William McKinley at the Lucas County Courthouse in Toledo, Ohio, in 1920, two United States Civil War veterans in uniform read the 'New York Times' dated September 19, 1901. The headline reads 'Mr McKinley's body in his old home'. Cut to footage from shortly after President McKinley's death in 1901, with citizens, police and constabularies on horse back gathered outside the Milburn Residence in Buffalo, New York, where McKinley died. President William Mc Kinley's body is carried out of the house in a coffin. McKinley's funeral procession leaving the Milburn residence. Cut back to 1920 and the men standing beside the statue of President McKinley at the Lucas County Courthouse in Toledo, Ohio.
A film titled 'What happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City '. Pedestrians walking on a thoroughfare. Horse drawn carriages on the street. A young man escorts a woman along the sidewalk and walks her over a sidewalk grating from which a gust of air blows her skirts up. She laughs and clutches her skirts.
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.
Sesquicentennial in Washington DC. Snow covered tracks of the Pennsylvania Railway Station at corner of 6th and B streets, that cut across the Mall. Animation shows: a model of Washington DC made by McMillan Commission in the year 1901. View of the Union Station Plaza and new city Post Office building. Model shows the location of the station. 1908 Officers Buildings and the building for members of the House of Representatives. The Treasury Department Building for the Bureau of Revenue and building for the Bureau of Printing and Engraving. The President's parks. American National Red Cross building and American Union building. National Academy of Sciences.