Excerpt from film about national elections in the United States.
Opening scene show a banner stretched across a downtown street, reading: "Vote Democratic, vote for full employment. Below that are pictured two local candidates and Franklin D. Roosevelt (running for an unprecedented 4th term as President). Underneath, the banner reads:"Conners for Congress.Glimpses of other political signs are shown, on telephone poles, buildings,and automobile windows. Citizens discuss the elections in various places: A man and woman in their living room; workers in a machine shop; men in a diner restaurant; a man and woman at home; a farmer and a delivery man; two housewives over a back fence; a dentist and his patient; school boys; and politicians. Representative Clare Booth Luce speaking. New York Governor, Thomas E. Dewey, at a podium. Vice Presidential candidate Harry Truman about to speak. People gathered in local forums and other political campaign activities. President Roosevelt driving along a city street, on a rainy day, in an open car with Secret Service agents riding on the running boards of his car. Crowds jamming the sidewalks in spite of the weather. Other gatherings of people waving American flags and showing support for their politcal parties and candidates.
Philip Murray, President of the CIO Labor Union and AFL Head, William Green. Radio broadcast antenna shown denoting importance of radio for political communications. Harry S. Truman (Democrat), Thomas E. Dewey (Republican) and incumbent President Roosevelt are seen delivering speeches in front of numerous microphones. Various views of people gathered around radios listening to campaign speeches, in various places,including American soldiers at the front (This election is during World War 2) and Nurses in a hospital. President Roosevelt speaking at a political dinner. Views of people at political party conventions. Next, people are seen calmly walking in and out of polling places. Three members of an election board begin counting votes. After checking, one member telephones the results from their precinct to headquarters. Views of recorded votes being reported by telephone. People using tabulating machines to compile the results. Views of spectators in vote posting centers awaiting the results. Final results being brought to news media for dissemination to the nation. People gathered in Times square, New York, where news is posted in moving lights on the Times building. Others gathered around their radios. Lights on the Times Building announce the reelection of President Roosevelt
Views of The Great Atlantic Hurricane lashing at northeast United States areas (after having already hit the North Carolina Outer Banks), and views of the aftermath and early cleanup following the storm. Regions shown include Atlantic City, Long Island (where it came ashore as a category 3 hurricane on September 15, 1944), New York City suburbs, and parts of New England. High surf flooding boardwalks and coastal cities. Trees bent over and snapped in high winds. People walking with difficulty in the high winds. Streets of towns submerged in water. Coastal docks destroyed and large boats scattered high onto shore areas. Trees, poles, and wires downed over roads and homes. Entire homes moved off of their foundations and placed down the street. The "Great Atlantic Hurricane" was the first example of a named hurricane by the Miami Hurricane Warning Office, which later became the National Hurricane Center. The name was meant to reflect the hurricane's size and intensity.
A newsreel titled 'Black, white, and cool' shows models displaying white kid gloves,white suede kid sandals and white hand bags at the Saint Regis Hotel in New York City. A model displays her black summer dress. Another model shows a matching dress and parasol combination "to avoid freckles" according to narrator Vicki Vola. A mother and daughter in matching cotton plaid dresses.
Presidential elections in the United States. Americans voting in various cities. People lined up outside building to vote. Buildings along the sides of the street. Acts and figures pasted on a board. People reading the news. President Roosevelt casting his vote at the Town Hall in Hyde Park, New York. Tabulation of the figure. Crowd at Times Square follow the returns. A board reads: 'National Broadcasting Company Election chart'. Announcements of figures on radio. A woman writing the figure on a board. Announcement of results at the Republican National Headquarters. Governor Dewey conceded defeat and President Roosevelt receives congratulations at Hyde Park.
On Election Day, November 7, 1944, in World War 2, Americans are seen waiting patiently to vote. They stand in a long line extending down a city sidewalk next to brick and stone buildings. Views of several persons in the line. Scene shifts in flashback to the election of Woodrow Wilson, in 1912. Four men on horseback arrive at a polling place. Another travels to vote, in his 1910 Ford Model T truck. Change of time and place shows farmer arriving by horse-drawn wagon and walking to polling place past 1930s car and truck. A fully laden truck stops at a rural gasoline station, temporarily serving as polling place. American town residential street scene in the 1930s. Citizens gathering to vote at a polling place set up at a laundry shop, in the Bronx Borough of New York City. Views of various places in the United States, serving as polling places. Americans seen waiting to vote at various places, in the 1944 national election. Among the sites shown is Bridgeport Central High School, built in 1916, (which later became Bridgeport City Hall), at 45 Lyon Terrace in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Persons in various places, registering to vote, including actor Lewis Stone, actress Esther Williams, and USO entertainer, Bob Hope. Voter closing curtain behind him as he votes. Views of voters' feet, below curtains, as they vote. Various types of boxes. Newspaper headline speaks of the large voter turnout in millions during the 1944 election. Shipyard workers at end of their shift, are seen heading to the polls to vote.
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.