In a movie enactment, a well-dressed man driving his automobile, is pulled over by motorcycle policeman, who pays no attention to his explanations, and gives him a summons. The man is seen arriving at his pleasant middle class home, where he greets his wife and baby, sitting in the backyard. A street sign shows Main Street at Broadway in the small city. The image is then replaced by a New York City street sign showing Wall Street at Broadway. The message seems to be: Wall Street, New York City vs. Main Street, U.S.A.
Post-World War 1 us marked by labor-management strife, especially in the garment industry. Clothing workers are seen busy at their jobs in a factory in New York City. A man is seen symbolically closing and locking a steel door (narrative refers to a company "lockout.") View of New York City with police officers trying to maintain order as crowds fill garment district streets in protest. Montage of persons awaiting a June 1921 decision by the Supreme Court of the State of New york, Kings County. Narrator announces that Justice James C. Van Siclen, has granted an injunction (against all picketing by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America). Narrator quotes Van Siclen's opening statement in the decision: "The court must stand at all times as the representative of capital, of the captains of industry..." View of Sidney Hillman, leader of the Amalgamated union (ACWA) sitting with other union members. View of a bustling New York City street lined with tenaments and pushcarts. A man washing his face at a sink. A woman preparing a meal over a stove. Four children sharing a large bed. A gathering of idled clothing workers in a school room setting. Some in art classes. Dancers entertaining locked out workers. Young people presenting a puppet show. Narrator states that the lockout lasted 6 months, but the union prevailed. View of pleased union members.
The need to develop air power in the United States. Battleships underway at sea. Eleven bi winged single engine aircraft fly in a V formation. A line of 6 battleships in water off the coast of New England, U.S. A 1920 vintage battleship fires a salvo from its guns at the enemy. The battleships fire guns. Shore batteries fire large guns. Sailors load a deck gun. An early model submarine. The submarine submerges. Its periscope visible above water surface. Naval crafts set their depth charges and fire them. Depth charges going off in the background. A ship sinks. A United States Army Air Service ( USAAS ) Curtiss PW-8 aircraft in flight. 4 bombs fall away from the aircraft. The bombs hit and explode on USS Alabama. Smoke rises as explosions occur on the ship. A ship rolls over and sinks. A USAAS Curtiss-Martin NBS-1 bomber in flight. Two bombs fall away from the aircraft. Explosions in water. Aerial and ground shots of a ship sinking. Large guns of a battleship fire. Animation of enemy airships and aircraft flying over water towards New York. Release of the aircraft from the airships. Aircraft flying over New York City. Aerial view of skyscrapers of the city. A Curtiss- Martin NBS-1 bomber in flight. Two bombs fall toward the ground. Animation of explosions against the New York skyline. A USAAS Curtiss JN-4 aircraft in flight. A bomb falls towards the ground. Animation of bombs hitting New York City. A machine gunner in a fighter aircraft fires at another aircraft. The aircraft falls and burns. Bomb explosions in the city. An observation balloon catches fire and falls. A man in a parachute descends near the balloon. Animation of a burning city. An early model submarine cruising. A bi winged twin pontooned aircraft in flight over a group of battleships and destroyers. A group of aircraft in flight. A Fokker T-2 aircraft in flight. Animation of an airship flying over a city and tying up to a mast located on the top of a tall building. A flag of the U.S. flutters in breeze.
Baseball great, Babe Ruth starting to trot around the bases after hitting a home run. An inverted stunt biplane, N57323 with "EM Avery" readable on fuselage while flying inverted. A wing walker is strapped under the airplane (on top wing, now underneath). The airplane rolls over into upright position, trailing white smoke to be more easily seen by spectators on the ground. A 1920s jazz band playing in a night club. A couple and then four women, dancing the Charleston. View from car driving along New York street surrounded by nighttime illuminations. A flagpole sitter atop structure behind an RKO Keith's Advertising sign. Closeup of the man on his perch. A room full of women sewing garments in a factory. Formal dressed couples at a city supper club, where an orchestra is playing. Exhausted couples clinging to one another on dance floor during a marathon dance contest. Gangsters firing a machine gun from window of a moving car. Charles A. Lindbergh steps past a policeman, to board his Ryan monoplane, "Spirit of St.Louis,"at Roosevelt field, Long Island, New York, on May 20, 1927. View of takeoff roll. Registration number "NX-211," visible atop the right wing. Manhattan ticker tape parade welcoming Lindbergh back to New York City, following his successful solo transatlantic flight. Charles Lindbergh speaking at a microphone. Traders on floor of the New York Stock Exchange during era of frantic stock market speculation by many ordinary Americans. Labor strife at the gates of a Massey-Harris Company plant, with workers fleeing attacks by men with clubs hired by the company. Boy workers pose for a photograph While narrator mentions Child labor Act declared unconstitutional (1922). A girl worker. Boys employed as coal miners. Workers installing body panels on cars and working on engines in automobile production lines. Partially completed vehicles driving out of an automobile factory. Babe Ruth rounding third base and coming to home plate after hitting a home run in a baseball game.
New York City street signs identify Wall street at Broadway and Wall Street at Nassau Street. Trinity church is seen at end of street. Federal Hall with statue of George Washington in front. Front view of the New York Stock Exchange building. Crowds of commuters fill the street and sidewalks as they emerge from subway during morning rush hour. Interior and trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange as trading day gets underway.
Shows several aviation "firsts" accomplished by U.S. Army Air Service aviators in the period from 1918 through 1924. A close formation of biplanes in flight. President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson chat with Major Fleet, Officer in charge, on the occasion of the first air mail flight, inaugurated on May 15,1918 between Washington DC and New York.The mail is loaded into the Curtis JN-4 aircraft. Pilot in the cockpit. The aircraft takes off and in flight. Air Service. Mention of aviators helping spot forest fires. Smoke rising from forest fires and mountain ranges. In 1920, U.S. Army Captain St. Clair Streett is seen with some of his Squadron who flew four De Havilland DH-4 aircraft 9,000 miles, from New York City to Nome, Alaska. Two of the men play with pet dogs. Their itinerary is painted on the side of one of the aircraft, along with the names of pilot and mechanic (C.E. Crumline and J.E. Long). In 1923 the first non stop coast-to-coast flight was made in the Fokker T-2 aircraft. . A sign on the aircraft reads 'Army Air Service non stop coast to coast'.First Lieutenants Oakley O.Kelly and John A. Macready board the aircraft, at Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York, on May 2, 1923. Their Fokker T-2 in flight. Their arrival at Rockwell Field, on Coronado Island (San Diego) California. In 1924, Lt. Russell Maughan is seen boarding his P-1 Hawk airplane at Mitchel Field, on Long Island, New York, and taking off , bound for Crissy Field at the Presidio, San Francisco, California. His goal is the first dawn-to-dusk, coast-to-coast flight. Views of his P-1 Hawk airplane flying over Manhattan, New York City.