The 'Ms. Slick Chick' chicken beauty contest is held in Petaluma in California. A group of chickens run on the ground as two young women groom a hen. The women spray perfume on the bird and paint its toe nails. They hold up a mirror in front of the hen. A group of young women in bathing suits stand in a line, each with a hen for the contest. A man examines each hen and declares a New Hampshire Red hen the winner of the contest.
Four lion clubs at a house in Petaluma, California. The cubs play in garden. Small girls play with a cub. The cubs fed from a tray. The cubs then play with the tray.
Firing of a V-2 rocket from White Sands, New Mexico. An XP-84 jet aircraft on a test flight in California. Scenes of devastation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. An atomic bomb test conducted in Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. Large smoke cloud rises. Americans expressing disgust with war and confidence in ability to protect against it in future. Newspaper headline about Armistice ending World War I on November 11, 1918. Victory parade in New York City. Close up view of Adolf Hitler as he speaks forcefully to a German audience. V2 rocket being launched in Germany. German Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet rocket plane in flight. Map depicting uranium deposits world wide. An XB-36 bomber in flight with landing gear extended. A huge formation of various warplanes in flight, high overhead. A wartime tank assembly plant. American army troops on parade. A United Nations meeting in session. Peaceful scenes of American soldiers in Hawaii before World War II in the Pacific. Hawaiian Hula dancers. Japanese carrier-based Aichi D3A1 dive bomber in flight during attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Bombed U.S. warships and facilities in Pearl Harbor. American Army officer and civilian discussing wisdom of maintaing large standing army. Army recruits are seen in the U.S. Army Universal Military Training Experimental Unit at Fort Knox, in 1947. They are seen in quarters, studying; taking part in sports (baseball); and attending religious services in a base chapel. Several trainees in a field tent, working with numerous tape decks in some kind of military communications activity.
Speed and altitude tests being conducted by Bell X-1 at Edwards Air Force Base, California. U.S. Air Force B-29 Superfortess in flight with U.S. Air Force Bell X-1 under its wing. Speed and Mach attainment painted on fuselage of the aircraft. Bell X-1 aircraft releases from B-29 mid flight and begins a solo flight circa 1947. Next scene shows the X-2 released from a B-50 circa 1955. Animation shows radar tracking flight course details for the future X-15. It also depicts its course of flight and the landing of X-15.
Street is filled with members of two Hollywood labor unions engaged in jurisdictional disputes. Demonstrators are arrested by police and led away, to be loaded into a paddy wagon. Three women are arrested. One of them holds a sign that reads, 'Raises Now, Peace in 1947' Another sign seen in the crowd reads, 'No Scabs.' The International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) is in conflict with Conference of Studio Unions (CSU).
Police keep peace and escort some demonstrators away individually. Others are loaded into police wagons. Some posters carried by workers call for labor peace in 1947.
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