A log-rolling championship at Port Townsend in Washington. Participants balance wooden logs in a river. People gather at the bank of the river to watch the championship. Buildings in the background. A man skips a rope on a wooden log. Two men stand on a log and balance it. Jack Swanson wins the championship. A man shakes hands with the winner.
Japanese army officers examining foreign military equipment. A Japanese worker employing electric drill developed in a Western country. The Japanese freighter, Tatsuno Maru, loading scrap iron at a port in the United States. Other Japanese freighters loading coal and oil for shipment back to Japan. View of the Washington Naval Conference in Memorial Continental Hall, Washington, DC, held in 1921-22 and again in 1927 and 1930, to deal with several lingering issues. Glimpse of Japanese people holding flags while gathered near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Glimpse of Japanese army troops on parade. Japanese Navy warships at sea. A fleet of Japanese Mitsubishi G3M bombers and Nakajima Ki-27 pursuit planes, parked on an airfield. A loose formation of Ki-27s airborne. Animated map illustrates Japanese fortification of Mariana, Caroline, and Marshall islands in the Pacific. Animated map illustrating China's greater size and population vis-a-vis Japan. Animated map illustrating Japanese occupation of Manchuria in 1931. New York Times newspaper with headline "Japs Seize Manchuria" hovers over fires burning in Manchuria. Other newspaper headlines reporting on Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia; the Spanish civil war; surrender of Czechoslovakia; invasion of Poland; Nazi assaults on France, Belgium, and the Netherlands; the London Blitz; and Nazi advances against Russia on the Eastern Front. Fnally, a Boston Hearald extra edition headline reports: "Pearl Harbor Bombed." A still photograph of Japanese Baron Tanaka Giichi (on left) with two other dignitaries, circa 1929. Japanese infantry streaming into Manchuria and then celebrating as they walk into local town. A busy street in a Chinese city. Japanese soldiers in Manchuria escorting local prisoners along a street. Animated map illustrating Japananese warships surrounding harbor of Shanghai, China. View from a Japanese ship bombarding Shanghai. Smoke rising from shell striking on Shanghai waterfront. View from land of severely damaged buildings on a street, and a shell exploding in background, as Chinese defenders move to successfully repel the Japanese forces. New map illustrates subsequent Japanese move, annexing Jehol, from occupied Manchukuo, and Korea. Japanese troops entering a town in Jehol. Sun newspaper headline: "League Censures Japan." Chinese diplomat protesting at League of Nations. Japanese troops exiting railroad trains in Jehol. Aisin Gioro Puyi aka Henry Pu Yi, Kangde Emperor (Kang-te Emperor) of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo, is seen saluting Japanese troops on parade. Closeup of Puyi wearing shaded glasses, looking directly into the camera. chiang Kai-shek, with other Chinese officers. Reenactment of barbarian forces riding against China and thwarted by the Great Wall. Many Chinese walking in a long line along the Great Wall. Map tracing the Great Wall across China. Aerial view of the Great Wall from overflying airplane. Japanese troops marching through a city gate; infantry climbing a sheer cliff; and helmeted Japanese soldiers marching past civilians in a city. Map illustrated progress of Chinese unification by year 1937. Japanese officers conferring during occupation. Japanese troops leave a barracks, riding in open trucks. A line of the troop trucks moving along the dirt street of a town. The troops climb from their trucks in the town.
A large crowd of the Democratic Party faithful, in formal dress, gather for a Victory Dinner, in the Willard Hotel, Washington, DC, to celebrate Franklin D. Roosevelt's reelection in 1937. An orchestra plays "Happy Days Are Here Again." The President stands at a table (with a man assisting him) as Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt is escorted to his side. A battery of news photographers take their pictures. Mrs. Roosevelt speaks to President Roosevelt and then leaves. Scene shifts to banquet hall with guests seated at a long table, surrounded by others at round tables. The orchestra plays smooth dinner music. Waiters move among the guests. Reelected President Roosevelt chats with his Vice President, John Nance Garner, seated to his left.
Test flight of the Bermuda clipper aircraft from Port Washington,New York. Officer get into the clipper aircraft. They takes their seats. Pilot in the cockpit. Clipper taxis on water and takes off. Clipper in flight. Other aircraft in flight in the background.
View of the U.S. National Archives Building, March 1936. in Washington, DC. Fortunately the city escaped damage from the great Potomac River flood. Next scenes cover damage caused due to a flood in Ohio, United States in January 1937. View of a weather vane in stiff winds. The level of the Ohio river rises. The flooded tributaries of the river. A map locates the flood affected areas. It depicts the high and low pressure areas. Map depicts heavy rains continuing for 20 days from January 6 to January 26, totaling 16 to 20 inches in the affected area.
A Pan American Clipper on a test flight at Port Washington, New York. The aircraft pioneers a new route to Europe. United States airmen stand in front of the aircraft. Crew members board the Clipper. Interiors of the Pan American Clipper with the crew inside. The aircraft taxis and takes off from water surface. The Clipper in flight above the city. New York skyscrapers in the background.