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.
The U.S. Capitol dome at night. Montage of U.S. Declaration of Independence with view of U.S. founding fathers. Depiction of 17th century immigrants arriving in the U.S. Group of men marching while carrying a "Don't Tread on Me" Gadsden flag. Depiction of Betsy Ross with U.S.A. flag. A covered wagon at sunset. 18th century men cutting down trees. 18th century men building a log cabin. Settlers arrive to the remains of their burned out cabin. A stage coach on the U.S. prairie. A covered wagon in the midwest. A stage coach traveling through grass lands. 18th century depiction of a western town in the U.S.A. A white man and a native american man driving the last spike to complete a railroad as the steam locomotive starts. An 18th century steam locomotive passes by. External view of 1940s factory. Inside 1940s factory men are building engines. Wide shot of workers entering factory. New York street scene. Los Angeles street scene. A rancher mends a barbed wire fence. Cowboys-ranchers on their horses. Fisherman pulling in nets on shore. Tobacco farming. Leather worker. Shirtless worker wielding a pick axe. Plant worker turning a large valve. A woman painter with a maritime village scene...perhaps Provincetown. A woman scientist in a laboratory. A 1940s family at the dinner table. Farm laborers harvesting melons. Man drives a tractor with woman riding behind him.
The first Selective Service lottery conducted in Washington, DC, on October 29, 1940, in the United States. An American Legion member, in uniform, poses with Mrs. Robert Bell and her son and a young woman (her daughter?) after her son's draft number (158) had been the first one drawn in the Washington DC Lottery. Dr. Baxter talks with Mrs. Bell and asks why she exclaimed out loud when the first number was drawn. Dr. Baxter gives her the capsule in which her son's draft number was contained. Views of the audience at the The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, where the lottery was being conducted.
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.
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt addresses a gathering at the 200th anniversary of the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. President Roosevelt is the guest of honor at the university's anniversary. The President is flanked by dignitaries, academicians and professors at the university. A large crowd of students gathered for the event. President Roosevelt addresses the crowd on the occasion. He begins by thanking the university for the honor. He says that, instead of having chosen 1740 for the foundation of the university, if the year was 1739, the 200th anniversary would have fallen in an election year. A huge applause from the crowd. The President says that even the period in which the university was founded was a strange period of relapse in the history of civilization of the world since in some lands it had been a custom to burn books of scholars and use government decree to derive morality and culture and education. And how, in the world today, people think clearly of the hard work their predecessors put in to attain the liberty and freedom they enjoy today.
Scenes from two World War I Liberty Bond drives. First scenes are in Washington D.C.during World War I. United States Navy sailors march down the Pennsylvania Avenue. A naval band plays and men carrying American flags march down the Avenue. The United States Capitol in the background. Landmarks seen include: Post Office Building and Willard Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. A street car is seen and a sign advertising Kelly Springfield Tires is clearly seen from Pennsylvania Avenue. A newsboy carrying papers. A truck with a banner on it to promote the sale of Fourth Liberty Loan. Sailors march and the naval band plays as they move past the Old Executive Office Building. John Phillip Sousa conducts a massive Navy brass band from the steps of the Capitol. Around 1:07 scene change to a Liberty Loan parade on 5th Avenue in New York City. A sign reads "Over the Top. The Fourth Liberty Loan Must be Made a Glorious Success. United Waist League of America." Sign on side of building for C.G. Gunther's Sons Fur Company (391 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan). U.S. Navy sailors among military groups parading on Fifth Avenue. A group of officials including United States Vice President Thomas Marshall and New York Governor Charles Whitman in coats and top hats are seen near the Altar of Liberty during the parade. With them is a U.S. Army chaplain in military uniform with a sign on him that reads "Lend !"