A film on U.S. electric power resources. High tension laboratories in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Aerial view of buildings. Interior of a laboratory. A lightening control experiment. An experiment being undertaken. Electric arc experiments being undertaken in the laboratory.
Funeral ceremonies of the former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge in Northampton, Massachusetts.Film begins showing President Herbert Hoover and his wife, Lou Henry Hoover, walking rapidly from a railroad train, accompanied by several officials and military officers who escort them to a waiting automobile. Next, police and officials try to control a small number of people gathered on local residential sidewalks. The President's car is next seen wending its way through a huge crush of spectators in downtown Northampton, Massachusetts. Several views of the crowds. People massed at the front of the victorian-era Edwards church, which has black drapings at its entrance. Official visitors enter the church, with some difficulty due to the crowds. View shifts to inside the church, where the former President's bier sits flanked by a military honor guard of two soldiers. Garlands of flowers cover the casket. Scene shifts, again, to the huge crowds outside, and to pallbearers carrying the Coolidge casket through the crowd, followed by President and Mrs. Hoover and their party. The President and First Lady enter their car. A sign on a pole near their car reads: "Elm St." and points toward Pittsfield. Another reads: "Main St." and points toward Greenfield. The President's car drives away through the crowd. Other officials also leave the church and proceed towards their cars. A stalled motocade is seen in the center of the city.
A large number of men and women shown returning to work in the United States during the Great Depression. Film aims to boost morale during Depression. A large number of workers enter an electrotype company factory in Cincinnati, Ohio. Men work on various machines as they manufacture advertising mats and cuts for use in newspapers and magazines. Mats and cuts being packed in wooden crates. Men at a furniture plant in Portland, Oregon. Men work on wooden planks as they make furniture for homes. Workers at an electrical and house heating appliances plant weld parts of appliances. Men construct oil burners at a plant in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In La Salle, Illinois a large number of men and women workers enter a building with a sign "Big Ben Western Clock Company." Men and women manufacture clocks inside the plant.
Documentary depicts the end of the 1920s good times in the U.S., leading into the Great Depression. Mildred Unger, age 10, performs a wing walker charleston dance while out on the wing of a JN-4 "Jenny" airplane in flight over Los Angeles in 1926.Four girls dancing on the top of a building higher than those around it, in Boston, Massachusetts. Amusement park patrons riding a roller coaster. People out driving through a park in their automobiles. Patrons enjoying themselves at the Steeplechase amusement park in Coney Island, New York. A crane piling old cars in a heap at a junk yard. But following the Wall Street crash of 1929, conditions change in America. Group of people receiving food assistance in a city. A man, woman, and baby, in a tent (probably migrant workers). The famous 1936 photo, "Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange, of migrant worker, Florence Owens Thompson, with two of her children in California. Men receiving food from a city soup kitchen. Dejected unemployed men.
Navy team wins Adams cup in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Teams from Navy, Pennsylvania, Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology row boats at Charles river in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Teams compete for the Adams Cup. Motor boats also underway at the river. Navy wins the race to capture the Adams Cup
Aftermaths of a flood in Springfield, Massachusetts. Several newspaper headlines about the damage caused by the flood in Massachusetts. WPA (Works Progress Administration) men on roads clearing debris. The men clear mud from the roads with snowplows. Bricks on a road during repaving work. The men during reconstruction work on the streets. A man on a telephone pole repairing wires. A man clearing debris in front of a house. A man washing the door of the house. Few men outside houses. A man moving furniture from the second story of a building surrounded by water. A man washing the furniture. Damaged houses and buildings. Furniture outside the houses. Damaged buildings on the shore of a water body. A few men among the debris. Buildings surrounded with water. A vehicle half sunk in water. A few men beside the vehicle. View of the vehicle beside a few trees and buildings surrounded by water and men in waist deep water.