A raging flood in 1936 in West Virginia. Flood waters seen moving swiftly. WPA Workers during the Great Depression are seen building a new bridge at Petersburg West Virginia, spanning the South Branch of the Potomac River. Car crosses the bridge. New flood walls and dikes built by the WPA are shown, created to prevent recurrence of losses in future floods.
Around 1937 a combination bus and rail car with two types of wheels. Two types of wheels enables it to move on roads and on rails as well. Driver moving on street and then lowers rail wheels and drives the bus onto rail tracks. Views from the vehicle traveling on rails. Train and bus combination says "Arlington and Fairfax" on the side, and appears to be traveling on Glebe Road in Arlington Virginia.
In the opening scene, a U.S. Army Air Corps brass band leads a parade, followed by a contingent of army troops with shouldered rifles wearing steel helmets. A fairly large ship, emiting some smoke from its stack, is stationary in the background. Spectators watch from edge of the parade grounds. Palm trees dot the area. Next, a contingent of Air Corps trainees marches in formation, with a three-man color guard and the American flag behind them. The band now stands in formation off to the side as it plays. Other formations of airmen trainees march in the background. Scene shifts to downtown Saint Petersburg, where Army Air Corps officers, plus Marine and Naval officers occupy a reviewing stand with Robt. J. McCutcheon, Jr., the Mayor of Saint Petersburg. Closeup of Air Corps Colonel E. R. Householder rendering a salute. Camera pans the reviewing stand and then pans across the heads of standing spectators, to a large group of civilians occupying reserved seats. Scene shifts to the Air Corps band playing as they lead the parade down Central Avenue. The sidewalks in this business district are filled with spectators. The parade units follow in the same order as they had in earlier scenes at the parade grounds. Camera keeps pace with the unit of soldiers in steel helmets. Closeup of the soldiers executing left-shoulder arms as they march. Remaining units are seen and the color guard. Next, several formations of sailors, in whites, are seen from the rear, as they march. Camera shifts to Drum Majorette strutting between the trolley tracks on the avenue. Behind her are others in white and a contingent of sailors. A color guard of Womens Army Corps (WAC) passes the reviewing stand. Several High school cheer-leaders in white uniforms are seen next. followed by a large group High school girls, some wearing bobby socks, that seem to be marching with seniors first, trailed by successively lower classes. High School Drum majorettes in white strut ahead of their marching band. Another group of majorettes leads their band. In front of them is a drum major pushing an infant in a small stroller. He has some trouble as its wheels get caught in the trolley tracks. A group of nurses is next in the march, followed by a WAC formation in uniform. An African American marching band and majorettes is next. Their lead majorette twirls her baton.
Newsreel entitled "Babe Gets a New Bat." Shows American baseball legend Babe Ruth playing golf at a St. Petersburg Florida golf course in 1930 with his wife, the former Claire Hodgson. The couple exit clubhouse with unidentified man; pose for camera on a breezy, sunny day; Claire holds up flowers for Babe to smell; Babe takes first shot while others in the background watch; the Ruths walk across golf course. (NOTE: St. Petersburg was where Ruth's team, the New York Yankees, held spring training most of the time between 1925 and 1960.)
Gambling ship underway off the coast in St Petersburg,Florida. Steamer Monte Carlo underway off the coast in St Petersburg. Passengers gamble at the roulette wheel. Croupier spins the wheel. He arranges coins for the players at the gambling table. Officers arrest the gamblers.
Soon after World War 1, a tugboat leads two ships through narrow open water channel in frozen Russian bay. Buildings and trees in the far background. View of area covered with snow. Children wearing warm clothes stand in front of ship on which is written: 'Margus Newark USA'. An American flag flutters on the flag pole of the ship. The children pose for photograph. A cinematographer hand cranks his movie camera on a city street. Other men stand with him. Buildings along the sides of snow covered street.