The Pan American Highway Commission officials received by Cameron A. Morrison, Governor of North Carolina. Governor Morrison and the delegates pose for a photo on steps of a building. The commission visits the Highway Equipment Depot near Raleigh and inspects the machinery. They proceed towards University of North Carolina. Traffic signs and direction boards on road sides. University of North Carolina college students give a cheer and greet the group. The commission buses, cars, motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecars are seen traveling on highway roads in North Carolina. The commission members observe road machinery and try out the machines including early tractors, graders, scrapers, and plows, trench diggers, and steam shovels. Two delegate members ride in the bucket of a steam shovel. They halt at the newly completed Wilcox Bridge spanning the Yadkin River near Spencer, North Carolina. A view of the caravan on the open-spandrel (open support system) Wilcox Bridge over the Yadkin River and then in a North Carolina town. The group entering Bessemer city in North Carolina, where a welcome banner spans the roadway.
Workers in war production effort busy at a General Electric Plant in the United States during World War 2. Men wheel portable power generators used to power search lights. Search light spots an airplane above in the sky during testing. Various parts being manufactured for large U.S. Navy warships. Auxiliary generators provide heat, light and power to cruisers. Big reduction gears and turbines being finished in the factory and tested. Ships outfitted with GE turbines are launched. Narrator mentions the recent launch of several battleships. Two battleship launches are shown, including the June 13, 1940 launch of the USS North Carolina (BB-55), being christened by Ms. Hoey, daughter of Clyde Hoey, the Governor of North Carolina. Beside her in dress white U.S. Navy uniforms are Lt. Sampson and Lt. DeMetropolis. The battleship slides down skids into waters at New York shipyard.
Trailer houses in North Carolina, United States. Trailer homes being driven on road. Woman and a girl stand at the door of the trailer house. Two men greet each other. Family seated at table eats. Woman kisses a child sleeping in bed. Woman works in kitchen. Woman washes utensils.
Credits for the documentary titled 'Creative Hands' about mountain handicrafts in North Carolina. Background info about earlier handicrafts as an important part of civilization. A farmer weaves, sculpts a swan, whittle in clay. Scene change to New York City and busy areas of Manhattan, with people outside the Rockefeller Center in New York watching ice skaters. Women do window shopping. People enter Radio City Music Hall. Scene change again to farming areas in the mountains of southwest North Carolina. Animated map of United States. Wide views of farmland and a house in Brasstown North Carolina. Men cut a tree for lumber using a two man saw. Teacher at John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown helps farmer to develop creative ideas using local materials. A sign reads "John C Campbell Folk School Handcrafts." Farmers walk with their materials and are seen seated at a table of the school showing some of their handicrafts. They are taught creative ideas by the teacher.
Launch of Wright plane in North Carolina on 17 December 1903 and in Virginia on 09 September 1908, United States. Wibur Wright places wheels beneath wing on Kill devil hill, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, United States. Wright plane takes its first flight after launch. Flight of plane in France. Two men pull props through on the Wright aircraft. Frenchmen stand and watch Wilbur Wright who makes adjustment on aircraft engine. Launching tower at right. Wright plane launches by catapult in France. Civilians and officers attend the air show. Wright plane passes overhead. Flight of Wright plane in United States. Orville Wright and Lieutenant Lahm sits on control section of the plane. Wright plane launches by catapult launch track at Fort Myers in Virginia on 09 September 1908. Plane in flight at Fort Myers. Spectators watch the plane. Army personnel move the Wright plane across open terrain they remove hangar doors from storage building. Army personnel grouped around the Wright aircraft. President Taft stand along the spectators. President Taft walk through spectators.
U.S. Department of Agriculture documentary depicts how rural America used machines to achieve production at a terrible cost to the land and people including erosion and poverty. Cargo ships with wheat yield underway off shore. Smoke from the ship stacks. Industrial areas and wheat fields. Farm land and terrace farms. Farmers with horses work on farms and in fields. Cattle graze in fields. Patterned fields to hold the soil. Patterned land enriched with phosphate. Farmers talk about their land and farming problems. Farming and farmland in the Carolinas, Oregon, New Mexico, Indiana, Texas Plains and parts of the North West United States. Houses in Pennsylvania. A farmer with his wife and child look over their farm. Tilled land. Homeless people wait for government supplied food. Machines at work in fields and on farms.