A film about state parks in California, United States. View of ocean inlets at Russian Gulch State Park. Waves break at a rocky coast. Men work to clear ocean wreckage. Civilian Conservation Corps volunteers clear wreckage at a beach. The volunteers work to construct roads. A boxing bout between two CCC volunteers.
Burlesque dancer Sally Rand (Hattie Helen Gould Beck) and her dance troupe perform the Bubble Dance at the San Diego Expo (the California Pacific International Exposition) in Balboa Park in 1935. Ms. Rand and her dancers perform at a fountain of the Plaza del Pacifico, with the California State Building in the background (which became the San Diego Automotive Museum in 1988)
Children participate in a fancy dress parade in Ocean Park, California. Children parade in a fancy dress event as they wear colorful costumes and dresses. A girl pushes a trolley or stroller decorated with flowers. A boy dressed as a cowboy, and girls dressed as saloon girls. A girl dressed as a milk maid, and another girl dressed like an island native in grass skirt. A young boy or girl rides on a float with an airplane covered in flowers, but he is crying the whole time. A girl dressed up as Statue of Liberty as she blows flying kisses.
Hard times in the Great Depression led to formation of The Bonus Army. American veterans of World War 1 march on streets of Washington DC, carrying a large poster demanding immediate cash redemption their "bonus" service certificates awarded by Congress in 1924 (but not lawfully payable until 1945). Army Chief of Staff, General Douglas MacArthur, ordered by President Hoover, to clear the Bonus Army encampments, is seen standing in a street surrounded by several U.S. Army troops. People watch from sidewalks as a contingent of U.S. Army cavalry rides down the street. U.S. Army M-1917 tanks roll down Pennsylvania Avenue in July 1932. Bonus marchers and others watch from Lafayette Park in background. Scene shifts to the 1932 Democratic Party Convention in Chicago Stadium, Chicago, where delegates cheer after nominating Franklin D. Roosevelt as their Presidential candidate. Roosevelt seen waving from the podium. Migrant farm workers seen at temporary, dilapidated dwellings in close quarters, and sitting at a campfire, some with sad and desperate faces. Migrant farm workers' cars on the road, piled high with family belongings during westward migration. Migrants riding atop an open railroad freight car. Two men share a copy of the "Epic News" newspaper (published by supporters of Upton Sinclair and the End Poverty Movement in Los Angeles and central California). Narrator describes programs of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Construction workers ignite demolition charges during construction of Boulder Dam (aka Hoover Dam and officially so-named in 1947). Glimpse of President Roosevelt at the site in an open car, for its dedication on September 30, 1935. Construction workers engaged in building the dam. Another shot of President Roosevelt in his open car. Towers being erected to carry electric power from the dam's hydroelectric generators. President Franklin D. Roosevelt smiling broadly at the formal dedication ceremony, September 30, 1935. Controlled discharges of water through the dam. Views of the Boulder Dam hydroelectric generating station. Oil well rigs or oil derricks at work during construction at night. People at work in fabric mills or textile mills, and in a print shop
Preparations made for participants and visitors to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. An aircraft in flight. Automobile traffic on road. Skyscrapers of Los Angeles. A crowded sidewalk. Cars parked in a parking lot. The air hostess announces to people aboard aircraft. Sketches of the famous personalities of Los Angeles. A trailer truck being driven off in the foreground. Traffic on fly overs. Houses in the city. Palm trees on a beach area. Cars parked in front of shops. People at a market place. A boy dances in a toprock breakdancing style. People watch the boy dance. People dance wearing skates. A woman dances. A man plays piano in an open ocean front market. A man performs a stunt and weightlifters workout lifting heavy weights at Venice Beach. Boys play racket sports. People ride bicycles and skate on a beach. An aircraft in flight and the airplane preparing to land at Los Angeles International Airport. People gathered at the 1932 Olympics watching runners leap hurdles in a race. Seats in stadium at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Entrance of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum . A man plays bugle. People in a stadium watch the horse race. Exteriors of the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Scenes of Amelia Earhart taxiing her Lockheed Vega 5B airplane to the ramp, at Oakland Airport, on January 12, 1935, having left Wheeler Field, Honolulu the day before. This completed her solo flight from Honolulu, Hawaii (the first person to successfully accomplish such a transpacific flight). Crowds her airplane as she taxis in, and parks near a hangar of the U.S. Naval Air Station. Amelia stands in the cockpit of her airplane, holding a bouquet of flowers, as crowds mill about on the ramp beneath. Change of scene shows Amelia standing on a steel platform, of the airport tower, with her husband, George Putnam. Closeups of Amelia.