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.
Franklin D. Roosevelt seen, well-dressed, in overcoat and hamburg hat, as a successful New York lawyer, in 1910, when he decides to run for a seat in the New York State Senate. He is seen greeting supporters outside his family home, Springwood, in Hyde Park New York, after winning the election. Very brief glimpse of Eleanor Roosevelt. Governor James M. Cox of Ohio, Democratic Party candidate for President, is seen with Franklin Roosevelt,Assistant Secretary of the Navy, whom he selects as his running mate, in 1920. View of Eleanor Roosevelt being recognized in the Democratic National Convention at the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Views of Franklin Roosevelt driving in an open car and speaking before crowds during the campaign of 1920. One crowd is notable for the preponderance of straw boater hats worn and waved by the men in the audience. Scenes of family life, after defeat of the Cox-Roosevelt ticket. Eleanor Roosevelt with children: Anna Eleanor;Franklin Delano Jr. II; Elliot; James; and Anna's dog, in 1921, at their summer retreat on Campabello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), seated in a wicker chair in front yard of the Campobello house, smoking a pipe and writing on some papers. FDR standing with a cane.His mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, seated and conversing with FDR. Eleanor, with them, knitting as they converse. Political aid,Louis McHenry Howe.FDR posing with cane, alone, and with wife, Eleanor. Mrs. Roosevelt hosting a gathering at Springwood, to promote FDR's political future. Eleanor speaking at a political gathering.
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.
Brigadier General Billy Mitchell taxis in a Boeing Model 15 ( or a Curtis P-1Hawk) airplane, after landing at an airfield. . Battle ships underway at sea. Mitchell organizes 1st provisional Air Brigade for bombing demonstration against battleship target.. Crews and airplanes train and prepare at Langley Field, Virginia. Soldiers load bombs under plane wings. Planes take off to bomb the obsolete U.S. battleship USS Alabama. View from airplane in flight as it drops phosphorus bomb on the Alabama. View from water as bomb strikes with huge explosion. Armorers prepare heavier bombs for the next demonstration. Planes take off and bomb the USS Alabama again. General Mitchell crouched down beside a bomb loaded on an airplane for new tests in 1923. General Pershing, Admiral Shoemaker, Assistant Secretary of War, Davis, and General Patrick on deck of the Ship, USS St. Mihiel (AP-32) to observe the tests. Views of planes dropping bombs on Battleship USS Virginia and the ship rolling over and sinking. Large formations of 1920s era Air Service aircraft in flight.
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.