All stores and places of business in the city are closed as labor takes holiday from a distilling plant and general walkout ensues in Pekin, Illinois. A group of workers poses during the strike. The distilling plant in the background. A man in his office. A sign outside all stores reads as 'Closed at 3'O clock'. Dinner Bell restaurant, a barber shop and several other stores are closed. People come out of the stores. Men carry luggage. Men standing beside buses. View of a street.
A 100 mile motorbike race in Pekin, New York. Offroad motorcyclists set off for a hundred mile race in Pekin, New York. A motorcyclist skids along a sharp turn on the dirt track . Winner crosses the finish line as a checkered flag is waved.
Glimpse of U.S. Army gun crew operating a 3-inch M3 Anti Aircraft gun. Glimpse of 1st Lt Joseph H. Eastman and Captain Eddie Rickenbacker standing beside Rickenbacker's SPAD S.XIII #1 parked in front of a hangar at Foucaucourt Aerodrome, France, 1918. Sequence shifts to 1936, and office of Rickenbacker, now President of Eastern Airlines. A poster on the wall contains memorabilia from the 94th Aero Squadron, with which Rickenbacker flew in World War I. Camera pans over photographes bordering the poster. Next, Rickenbacker is seen conversing with his guest, Cyrus R. Smith, President of American Airlines, as they look at a picture of Rickenbacker and his Spad airplane, signed by numerous pilots who also served with the 94th Aero Squadron. A mounted model of a Douglas DC-3 airplane sits atop a table in the foreground. Rickenbacker and C.R. Smith, both hold onto the DC-3 airplane model as they shake hands. Closeup of the DC-3 model as Rickenbacker rotates it before the camera. (Note: Both Smith and Rickenbacker, presidents of their respective airlines, had mutual admiration for the Douglas DC-3 airliner. In 1934,Smith arranged to purchase 20 new DC-3 airplanes from the Douglas Aircraft Company. American's first DC-3 "Flagship Illinois," had its maiden flight on June 25, 1936. Eastern Airlines took delivery of its first DC-3 in December 1936.)
U.S. President Franklin D Roosevelt warns of an increasing danger of armed conflict. Roosevelt's motorcade on the streets of Chicago. A large crowd gathered to get a glimpse of the President. Confetti rained on the motorcade. Soldiers salute as the motorcade passes by. Policemen on motorbikes lead the motorcade. People gathered at the venue to hear the President's speech. A board advertises candy bars 'Baby Ruth, Butterfinger" in the background. President Roosevelt with officials on stage. He addresses the crowd. Excerpts from his speech are interspersed with scenes of war and conflict elsewhere in the world during the late 1930's. Roosevelt talks about peace, unjustified interference into affairs of other nations, aerial bombings, naval attacks, and war. Scenes of war carnage during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935-1936: Ethiopian soldiers on horseback cross a bridge, Italian forces fire artillery from a hill, aerial view as aircraft drop bombs. Italian soldiers pass a burning, smoldering building and overtake an Ethiopian position, with many Ethiopian soldiers lying dead. Ethiopian citizens in area of a war torn village. Bomb damage and war casualties on the street. Italian soldiers collect dead bodies and load them onto a truck. A ship quickly sinking after attack by a submarine. Scenes from battle during the Spanish Civil War in 1936 or 1937. Spanish nationalist and rebel soldiers engage in a battle in a village. Spanish prisoners are marched. Nationalist soldier fires machine gun from a balcony emplacement. Dead body on a road. Soldiers behind a barricade fire at opposition and carry wounded on stretchers. President Roosevelt concludes his speech with, "America hates war. America hopes for peace. Therefore, America actively engages in the search for peace." People applaud.
Howard Hughes takes lunch at a restaurant in Chicago on May 14, 1936. Other people sitting and standing behind him. View of propeller on his Northrop Gamma 2G airplane being started. Hughes has his goggles on his head and takes off toward California. View of Union Air Terminal in Burbank, California. Hughes steps out of plane in Los Angeles after 8 hours flight. In next scene, aviator Amy Johnson, CBE, wife of Jim Mollison, emerges from her Percival Gull Sixplane. G-ADZO, in Capetown, South Africa on May 7, 1936 after a record-setting four day and sixteen hours flight from London. A large crowd waits to see her. People greet her with flowers. Johnson is seen among the large crowd and smiling and waving to the crowd. Scenes in clip are from a 1961 newsreel recounting events roughly 25 years prior.
Woman explorer, Ruth McCombs Harkness, (widow of explorer, William Harkness) brought the first live panda (named Su-Lin) into the United States, when she returned from an expedition, on December 18, 1936. Here she is seen in the Brookfield Zoo, in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield, Illinois, where she is playing with a second baby panda (named Mei Mei) that she acquired in 1937. A large group of children, enjoy the antics as she plays with the baby panda. At one point, Mrs. Harkness lifts Mei Mei up close to the chilren. Next, she holds Mei Mei close to Su-Lin, as zookeeper Sam Parratt holds the larger panda. The two pandas nuzzle one another.