The life of people during 1920s in the United States. Sketch of Warren Gamaliel Harding taking oath of office of the President of U.S. Sketches of the U.S. President Warren G. Harding. People in the factories. Sketches of the people in the various towns of America. The President addresses the people. Horse drawn wagons on the streets. Modern cars on the street. Women in houses as they perform various activities. Sketches depict the revolution brought about due to the invention of cars. People enjoy at various occasions in a car. Cars on streets. People listen to radio. Sketches depicts the motion pictures of the times. A family posing for a picture, each with one leg kicked out. Sketches of American writers like Fitzgerald and Hemingway who chose to live abroad. Footage of Moulin Rouge night club in Paris France and neon lights of other Paris night clubs seen at night. Women dance on a Paris night club stage. Sketches of famous writers and their view of modern America. Brief scene of people at Coney Island Amusement Park in New York sliding down a slide and riding on the "Human Pool Table" ride.
Exteriors of the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées building in Paris, France. Pedestrians and vehicular traffic outside the buildings. A statue of a French soldier and a woman on a pedestal outside the north exterior of the Grand Palais. A cannon is positioned on either side of the monument. Visiting American soldiers and sailors look at the statue. Vehicular traffic including pre 1920's automobiles and some horse carts on Champs Elysees, as seen from camera point of view near ground level, amid traffic. A woman and girl cross the road. Arc De Triomphe in the background. Scene changes to exterior view of the Petit Palais building in Paris, with cars, horse carts, and pedestrians walking nearby. In the background, a different statue of what appears to be a soldier and a woman, again flanked by cannons on either side, is seen outside the Petit Palais. Next scene is a closer view of the Arc de Triomphe, as seen from middle of the Champs Elysees, amid early automobile and car traffic.
Designs by various international scientists and inventors who have contributed to solving the problems of rocket motor development, based on the German preparatory work. Their combustion chamber designs owe much to the German pioneers in the field. Shown are design sketches by Russian scientist, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (Ziolkowsky) in 1914; French inventor Henri Melot, in 1920; German Friedrich Zander, in 1931; Bull, 1932; The American Rocket Society, with several designs from 1932; and The Cleveland Rocket Society. Views of rocket combustion research mactivity by Ernst Loebell of the Cleveland Rocket Society in 1933. He is seen outdoors in the snow with his apparatus. View of Loebell's test firing stand, and a picture of an actual test firing, outdoors. Ernst Loebell with model and rocket motor from his spaceship projects of 1934 and at the International Exposition dedicated to Art and Technology in Modern Life held in Paris, 1937. Cutaway views of the spaceship. The rocket motor wrapped in cooling coils. Rocket motor design by John Shesta of the American Rocket Society, from 1934. Design by Rene Armengaud of France, in 1934 and Deich in 1935
Dawn and morning time in Paris. A bridge over the River Seine. Clouds over the city. A Statue of Liberty replica in the foreground. Men sleep on the riverbank. The Eiffel Tower on the river banks. Two pillars flank a road. Smoke from a stack. The Rue Royale, Obelisk and a fountain at the Place de la Concorde. Trucks spray water around the fountains. A man sweeps the street. Women push a cart full of baked goods. A busy market street. Men carry heavy load, push and pull carts. A mail man at a window. Children walk to school with book bags. 1920s and 1930s cars moving on the roads, as seen from unusual point of view of a moving camera at low level, just a few feed above the road surface.
Zelli’s Royal Box night club in Paris, owned by Joe Zelli and located at 16 bis rue Fontaine. Several tables set in the club. People seated at the tables. The room is decorated. Bottles of alcoholic beverages are evident everywhere. An African American dancer performs in the center of the dance floor. Audience cheers and claps. An African American ensemble plays jazz and patrons dance. The trumpet player is Crickett Smith, and the drummer is Corporal Eugene Bullard. Patrons are seen on the dance floor under a chandelier with streamers. A balcony is seen above, where so-called "Royal Boxes"were arranged allowing patrons to watch festivities below. (Note: Bullard lived a storied life. Among other things, he served in World War 1 as one of 200 U.S. servicemen who flew for France. He was the first African American combat pilot and the first to shoot down enemy aircraft, and was decorated multiple times for valor. He was living in the Montmartre section of Paris after World War 1, which was known as a center for American Jazz music. He learned to play drums from the pioneer jazz musician Louis Mitchell and played in the house band at Zellis nightclub before taking over the management of a nightclub called Le Grand Duc, in 1924. The 2006 movie "Flyboys" portrayed members of the Lafayette Flying Corps and included a character based on Bullard.)
Unter den Linden in Berlin, Germany after the end of World War 1. German people angry about the Treaty of Versailles, gathering on Unter den Linden, in Berlin. A poster on a wall lambasting the Allies (British and French, in particular) for the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles, especially Article 228 giving the Allies authority to prosecute Germans accused of violating the laws and customs of war. Complete break and change of scene to France. Small unit of French troops, led by officer on a white horse, marching on street in Paris. Closeup of French General Marie-Eugene Debeney, Commandant la place de Paris, as he watches the troops assemble in formation with the officer on white horse, in center, across the street from where he stands . Several Renault FT light tanks parked on pavement next to a building.