Manufacturing of saw blades at the Disston Saw Works factory founded by Henry Disston & Sons, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A long ribbon of flat steel, roughly one foot wide, being forged and then pressed and rolled in a series of rollers that descend from a furnace. Flames seen at the furnace area. Molten steel for the saw blade manufacturing flowing from a trough, very close to the furnace. A side view of an assembly of rollers with hot steel moving across them.
Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, originally of Philadelphia Pennsvlvania, visits her home land. The aircraft lands at Idlewild Airport. Princess Grace gets down the plane with her two children, Princess Carolina and Prince Albert. A huge crowd including photographers and press greets her.
History of the circus in North America. Scenes of drawings, sketches, still photographs, and newspaper clippings regarding the circus. Cites George Washington donating a horse to the circus. Discussion of18th Century English circus organizer, John Bill Ricketts, and a newspaper clipping promoting his circus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sketch of his circus hall in Philadelphia. Scenes and information about P.T. Barnum and the famous elephant Jumbo, and singer Jenny Lind, known as "the Swedish Nightingale." Drawing of men with rings standing on stools. Drawing of a cab in front of a building. Promotional sign for the Central Park Menagerie and International Circus Company. Vintage footage with scenes of a Ringling Brother Barnum and Bailey circus train arriving in a city circa late 1920s, pulled by a steam locomotive. Circus performers. Crowds of circus goers milling near a Side Shows entrance sign. A clown inflating the clothes of another clown to a giant size. Chimpanzee rides an elephant and a donkey stands near its foal. Lions, hippos, giraffes, dogs in the circus. Large crowd present during the circus viewing elephant, horse and lion show of the circus. Scenes of the circus parade processing around the big top tent. A tamer handling a female lion. A male lion walking on high wire parallel tightrope.
Scenes inside the saw manufacturing plant of the Henry Disston & Sons Company (Disston Saw Works), in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1920. Closeup of clamps holding items during manufacture. A worker holding a piece of sheet steel and moving it through a mechanical cutting tool that is creating teeth on the saw blade edge. Workers pulling hot hand saw blanks out of an annealing furnace and placing them into a bin. Worker maintaining movement of sheet stock, that already has teeth cut into it, as it passes under a stamping machine. Closeup of a finished hand saw with the Henry Disston & Sons company trademark embossed on it. (The company hand saw division was subsequently sold a number of times, and the brand is now part of Disston Precision Incorporated.)
Shot of packed stands at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. on opening day of 1929 baseball season. American flags hang from second deck. U.S. President Herbert Hoover arrives at his seat. Mostly male crowd, along with a few women, dressed in 1920s style overcoats and hats. Players of home team Washington Senators and the visiting Philadelphia Athletics line up on the field before the game. Senators manager and Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson gives baseball to the president for the ceremonial first pitch. President Hoover releases strong throw; he and the crowd sit down.
Strike of workers in a wage dispute spreads to Philadelphia's transportation system. People on streets going to work. Philadelphia. Streetcars, subways and buses lie idle. 'Station Closed' sign at Philadelphia subway entrance. Huge crowd of people walking to get to work, waiting at railway station and on streets for transportation. View of empty 46th street metro rail station in Philadelphia. View of taxis on streets and a press company without workers. Buildings and shops along streets of downtown Philadelphia. A line of African American men and women hitchhiking in downtown Philadelphia to get a ride. Group of 5 people runs to catch an available Philadelphia taxi cab. Scene changes to New York City where striking newspaper workers form a picket line. Empty newspaper offices are shown. Longshoreman dock workers on strike so office workers are seen hoisting a giant rope and assisting the Cunard ocean liner Queen Mary in docking operations at New York harbor slip covered in thin ice. Cunard Queen Mary passengers carrying their own luggage at the dock area due to the labor strike.