Flood damage in the United States in 1936. The Kennebec River, Maine: men stand on blocks of ice and view a broken bridge due to flooding. Ice jams loosened on the Penobscot River threaten towns near Bangor, Maine. View of giant ice flows and downed utility poles The Housatonic River, Connecticut: Broken electrical towers on the blocks of ice. Men walk on the ice blocks. Men clear the ice from road. Passaic River, New Jersey: the water of the river flows above limits over a bridge. Lake Conemaugh, Pennsylvania: View of submerged houses from flooding. The destoyed houses due to flood. The people stand on a bridge and heavy flow of water under the bridge. Ohio River: the submerged buildings from flooding are seen. Men on boats in front of the submerged shops. People on bridge run. The damaged cars,trains and trams lie on the streets. The streets filled with water. From a 1961 newsreel recounting events 25 years earlier.
Operations of the Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) Company. Aerial view of New York City's Manhattan Island, below. Camera focuses on Pennsylvania Station (Penn Station) seen from above, and then at street level. Travelers purchasing tickets for combined transcontinental rail and air travel at a window in the station. Families seeing travelers off at one of the railroad gates. Temporary sign at gate reads "The Airway Limited, second section." View of passengers on rear car of train as it pulls out. The car displays Pennsylvania Railroad logo sign reading "The Airway Limited, Pennsylvania Railroad." Views of Pennsylvania RR passenger train and closeup of locomotive wheels in motion. Animated relief map shows train proceeding from New York, past Columbus, Ohio, to Port Columbus station in Ohio. Transcontinental Air Transport, Inc. billroard at the station shows picture of passengers connecting between a train and an airplane. Billboard reads:"Port Columbus, Eastern Transfer Point, Air-rail Service, Coast-to-Coast." Passengers leaving the train and entering the station waiting rooms. Their baggage being weighed (Narrator says 30 pounds is the allowance.) View from terminal roof, of a Ford 5-AT-B, trimotor passenger airplane ready to accept passengers for the next phase of their travel. A logo on fuselage has "TAT" with small ribbon through it reading, "Transcontinetal Air Transport." View of passengers seated inside the aircraft. The plane taxis and takes off from the Port Columbus airport. Ground is snow-covered, but the runway is plowed. Closeup aerial view of the airplane flying over the city of Columbus, Ohio. Distant view of it flying close to the LeVeque Tower skyscraper (a 47-story Art Deco-style building at 50 West Broad Street). Aerial view of the airplane passing the train, continuing westward, from Port Columbus. Views inside passenger cabin of the plane. Animated map show plane heading to Indiannapolis. Officer hands out TAT illustrated map and points out features to passengers.Closeup of map. Aerial view of the airplane on final approach to land at Indiannapolis airport. Clerk at airport typing arrival message on teletype, and company executives reading it at their headquarters. Animated map show plane moving to St.Louis, Missouri. View from air of Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Passengers in cabin. aerial view of the plane on final approach, over snow, to St. Louis. The aircraft taxiing on ramp and parking at terminal building, where passengers enter, under cover of awning-covered walk. Closeup of the aircraft engines. Inserted view of TAT engine overhaul facility, with Charles Lindbergh, the airline's technical adviser, and TAT officials inspecting the operation.
Newsreel clip on Minnesota welcoming major league baseball to the state in April 1961. Exterior views of Metropolitan Stadium, the home of the new Minnesota Twins. Banner reads "The Minnesota Twins Welcome You." Announcer notes team is playing in Bloomington, seven miles from each of the state's two major cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul. View of 25,000 spectators, most bundled up for a chilly day, inside stadium for the home opener against the Washington Senators. Those on hand include baseball commissioner Ford Frick, American League president Joe Cronin, and Minnesota Governor Elmer Andersen. Announcer notes the previous Washington team moved to Minnesota and was replaced with a new Senators team in Washington. Dignitaries walk on field trailed by Minnesota manager Cookie Lavagetto and Washington manager Mickey Vernon. Dignitaries raise the American flag. Governor Andersen kisses a baseball and throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Announcer notes Twins lost this game, but says "Who cares?" because Minnesota is in the big leagues.
Mostly reenactment footage showing how post-civil war Industrialization leads to a market surplus in United States giving a boost to commerce. (Film made in 1961) Development of communication system, system of sending mails by horsemen. Telegraph poles and cables set up. Construction of Transcontinental railroad tracks to develop a vast transport network. Sketches of men laying telegraph cable across Atlantic to set up link between east and west. Expansion of petroleum industry: Dramatization of an oil well "gusher" as it gushes oil upward and excited well workers celebrate. Following scene is of actual oil wells gushing and a field of oil wells and derricks in place.
Christmas time advertisement for U.S. Savings Bonds. Interior of a house decorated for Christmas, with Christmas tree and toy train running on a table. Actress Donna Reed walks to the table, stops the train and holds up a December 1958 U.S. Savings Bond. She speaks about the Savings Bond, places it on a toy train car, and starts the train. As the train moves along the track, it passes signs reflecting successive passing time increments: Dec 1961 (three years), Dec 1964 (3 more years), and Aug 1968 (3 more years and 8 months). By staying on track to maturity, the bond is worth much more. Donna Reed notes this and suggests Savings Bonds as a Christmas gift. She closes by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. (Note: The original maturity period for a Series E Bond was 10 years. But the U.S. Government reduced it to 9 years and 8 months, in 1952. That revised maturity period is reflected in this advertisement.) (Additional note: The trains are by Lionel, and include "The General" locomotive, a New York Central boxcar, a Lionel flatcar, and Lionel Lines caboose.)
Major events around the world in the year 1961, causing international tensions and crisis after crisis. A large crowd runs on roads during riots in Cairo caused by death of African anti-colonial leader Patrice Lumumba. Fidel Castro strengthens his regime in Cuba. Castro addresses a large crowd of his supporters. Warfare splits newly formed nation of Congo. A leader waves hands towards crowd of his supporters. Soldiers fire rifles and advance cautiously in grasslands of Laos and South Vietnam during Vietnam War. War between brothers in Algeria. Soldiers fight on streets of a town.