The world struggle for oil is depicted. Use of components of oil in homes and in railroads in the United States is shown. A dramatization shows the effect of a kerosene lamp on social life. A woman seated in a chair near a table in a room. A kerosene lamp in a corner. A man opens the door of the room and walks in. The woman gets up and welcomes the man. They both walk to a seat and sit down. Another woman enters the room. The man stands to greet her. She increases the light of the lamp and then leaves the room. The man decreases the light of the lamp. The man and the woman talk. The 1893 replica of the 1831 DeWitt Clinton steam locomotive is shown in operation with its three carriage train, in New York City. The DeWitt Clinton was the first railroad locomotive to operate on the Mohawk & Hudson Railroad in New York. The reproduction seen here was built in 1893 by the New York Central Railroad for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. This footage was shot on July 17, 1921 when the DeWitt Clinton train was preparing for a trip to another exposition in Chicago. On this day it ran several times from 96th to 116th streets in New York City. New York Central employees are seen on the drain, dressed as passengers would have been in 1831. This replica was later displayed at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, and is is now on display at The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn Michigan. It was acquired by Henry Ford in 1934, in an agreement with the New York Central that it would continue to travel to events on occasion.
Players of baseball's New York Giants pose for team photo at their home stadium, the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, New York City. The Giants defeated the New York Yankees to win the 1921 World Series. Close-up view of the Giants' manager and Hall of Famer John McGraw.
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.
Crowd celebrating Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, in New York City. Many wave American flags. Dense crowd traps several vehicles. Different sequence shows the U.S. State funeral procession for the American Unknown Soldier of World War I, on November 21, 1921. Teams of white horses pull artillery caissons. Team of dark horses pull caisson bearing the coffin of the Unknown Soldier. It is covered with bunting and dark wreath. General of the Armies, John J. Pershing leads the Military officers who accompany the coffin. Following them is seen a large group of civilian officials, all in top hats.
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.
Japanese army officers examining foreign military equipment. A Japanese worker employing electric drill developed in a Western country. The Japanese freighter, Tatsuno Maru, loading scrap iron at a port in the United States. Other Japanese freighters loading coal and oil for shipment back to Japan. View of the Washington Naval Conference in Memorial Continental Hall, Washington, DC, held in 1921-22 and again in 1927 and 1930, to deal with several lingering issues. Glimpse of Japanese people holding flags while gathered near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Glimpse of Japanese army troops on parade. Japanese Navy warships at sea. A fleet of Japanese Mitsubishi G3M bombers and Nakajima Ki-27 pursuit planes, parked on an airfield. A loose formation of Ki-27s airborne. Animated map illustrates Japanese fortification of Mariana, Caroline, and Marshall islands in the Pacific. Animated map illustrating China's greater size and population vis-a-vis Japan. Animated map illustrating Japanese occupation of Manchuria in 1931. New York Times newspaper with headline "Japs Seize Manchuria" hovers over fires burning in Manchuria. Other newspaper headlines reporting on Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia; the Spanish civil war; surrender of Czechoslovakia; invasion of Poland; Nazi assaults on France, Belgium, and the Netherlands; the London Blitz; and Nazi advances against Russia on the Eastern Front. Fnally, a Boston Hearald extra edition headline reports: "Pearl Harbor Bombed." A still photograph of Japanese Baron Tanaka Giichi (on left) with two other dignitaries, circa 1929. Japanese infantry streaming into Manchuria and then celebrating as they walk into local town. A busy street in a Chinese city. Japanese soldiers in Manchuria escorting local prisoners along a street. Animated map illustrating Japananese warships surrounding harbor of Shanghai, China. View from a Japanese ship bombarding Shanghai. Smoke rising from shell striking on Shanghai waterfront. View from land of severely damaged buildings on a street, and a shell exploding in background, as Chinese defenders move to successfully repel the Japanese forces. New map illustrates subsequent Japanese move, annexing Jehol, from occupied Manchukuo, and Korea. Japanese troops entering a town in Jehol. Sun newspaper headline: "League Censures Japan." Chinese diplomat protesting at League of Nations. Japanese troops exiting railroad trains in Jehol. Aisin Gioro Puyi aka Henry Pu Yi, Kangde Emperor (Kang-te Emperor) of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo, is seen saluting Japanese troops on parade. Closeup of Puyi wearing shaded glasses, looking directly into the camera. chiang Kai-shek, with other Chinese officers. Reenactment of barbarian forces riding against China and thwarted by the Great Wall. Many Chinese walking in a long line along the Great Wall. Map tracing the Great Wall across China. Aerial view of the Great Wall from overflying airplane. Japanese troops marching through a city gate; infantry climbing a sheer cliff; and helmeted Japanese soldiers marching past civilians in a city. Map illustrated progress of Chinese unification by year 1937. Japanese officers conferring during occupation. Japanese troops leave a barracks, riding in open trucks. A line of the troop trucks moving along the dirt street of a town. The troops climb from their trucks in the town.