New York City Hall in Lower Manhattan, between Broadway, Park Row, and Chambers Street. View across City Hall Park to the City Hall. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) building with a flag flying on top is shown. The New York high rise buildings. 1942.
The AAU championships at Randall's Island. Hal Davis, fastest man in the world, wins 100 meters. Bill Cummins wins 110 meters hurdles from Joe Batiste. Al Blozis wins the Shot, and Cornelius Warmerdam wins the Pole Vault . The winners seen. Huge crowd gathered to watch the event.
World-wide wartime activities during 1941 and 1942. President Roosevelt addresses Congress after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Crowd applauds. Citizens and cars stopped in busy New York listening to the news on the radio being broadcast regarding the declaration of war against Japan. Long queues and lines of civilian men get registered in the U.S. army as recruits are called up. Men taking oath of U.S. military service in New York and Washington DC (on U.S. Capitol steps) and other cities in mass recruitment events. New recruits stand in line in a city to register for U.S. Navy or U.S. Army service. New recruits shown include baseball star Joe Dimaggio, boxer Joe Louis, John Aspinwall Roosevelt (who was President Roosevelt's youngest son), Tyrone Power, Clark Gable, Douglas Fairbanks Junior, and Warren Pershing (son of famed General John Pershing) all seen registering to enter military service. Justice Frank Murphy of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen operating a machine gun during training. Another scene with a mass group of recruits standing and taking an oath of military service.
A United States troop transport ship at sea during the first World War. U.S. Army troops (aka dough boys) aboard the ship. U.S. Army soldiers march in formation in a large city square area in Europe (likely France) holding rifles during World War 1. United States troop ships being loaded with American soldiers for World War I, and scenes of U.S. troops in WWI marching in the streets of a European city. Scenes from earlier during combat in the war. World War I allied soldiers on battle front in France. Soldiers run to a bomb crater area for shelter when crossing no man's land. Soldiers fire artillery. Artillery shells explode. Allied soldiers running across a battlefield as tanks run beside them toward the German enemy. People wave U.S. flags as First World War war ends with Armistice. Large crowd gathers in New York celebrating WWI armistice. Newspaper held high by a man with headline "Germany Surrenders". Views in the United States of hard times in American towns after World War I ended and war industries were no longer providing money. View of forests. Girl draws water from a well. Man and a boy operate a grindstone sharpening a saw. Farmers plowing fields with horse drawn plows during great depression era. People do agricultural works at fields. Negro farmers at cotton office. Cattle in field. Man and a woman milk cows with hands. Man pours milk in vessels. Milk processing before bottling including pouring milk through a cooling device. Men on tractor at fields. A board reads 'For the common defense'. Views of a factory. A man operates a switch on a switchboard for generating electricity. Views of a power generation plant. Narrator describes how America will prevent a slide into hard financial times again after World War 2 ends. From a 1942 production with footage from 1917 through 1942.
Clip begins Pete Reiser of the Dodgers and Murry Dickson of the Cardinals shaking hands and talking before baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn New York. Shot of Dodgers standing atop dugout step. Brief shot of Dodgers manager Leo Durocher. Majority of clip focuses on fans in the stands. Spectators in early 1940s-style clothing, both men and women, are seen in varying moods as the game progresses. Many close up views of fans and spectators, sometimes cheering, sometimes angry and booing, other times expectant and tense. Many men wearing suits, ties and hats, and smoking big cigars; female fans wearing dresses. (Note: the large crowd and downbeat mood of the spectators suggests this game could be from either September 11 or 12, 1942, both games which the Dodgers lost to the Cardinals at Ebetts Field as the teams battled for first place in the National League.)
War Parade on Fifth Avenue, in New York City, United States. Soldier, in pith helmet, walks with a young boy in uniform.A float with beauty queens from South and Central American countries. A dinosaur-dragon float, representing the Axis powers. A float portraying the devastation and suffering at Bataan and Corregidor. A float showing George Washington rolling up his sleeves, and lined all around with soldiers, sailors,Marines, air raid wardens, and the like. An open car, surrounded by motorcycle policemen, carrying Parade Grand Marshal, Lieutenant General Hugh A. Drum, and a New York City official. A float of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, depicting Stalin on a white horse, and a sign saying: "Victory in 1942." A float with Soldiers,Sailors, Marines, American flags, and pretty women, with sign reading: " Sign Your War Bond Pledge June 14-24." United States flags fly on the buildings. A contingent of Norwegian Air Force, followed by Norwegian sailors and a large float of a ship, with sign reading: "Norway's Seamen, Norway's Front Line Soldiers, 3rd Largest Fleet in United Nations." A float of Belgium. Contingent of Greeks, led by one dressed as ancient Athenian warrior, followed by group carrying a small replica of the Parthenon.They are followed by Greek women in traditional costumes of Amalia and men in traditional uniforms of Evzone. A huge crowd gathered on the sidewalk. Marchers carry placards 'Destroy Hitlerism'.