From the Ford Motor Company produced film, "Scenes From the World of Tomorrow" documenting the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York City. View of buildings of the New York World's Fair of 1940. The Brooklyn Bridge. Aerial view of Manhattan Island, New York City. Skyscrapers of New York City including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. New York Harbor and ships in the harbor. View of the buildings of the New York Worlds Fair in the distance in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as seen from high in a skyscraper of New York City. The Fair's Trylon and Perisphere stand out. People walk along the sides of fountains and waterways at the fair. Crowds milling about, bands marching, dancers performing. Flags of many nations flying on the flag poles. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of George Washington, as the first President of the United States and a statue of George Washington. A bus moves on the street. Fountains and a small bridge near a waterway. Pavilions of nations of England, Japan, and Italy. The USA building and some of the buildings of U.S. States including Maine and Florida. Fountains and waterways of the fair. Woman and two girls eat ice cream cones. A Raymond Loewy - designed S1 experimental streamlined locomotive created for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Pavilions of American Telephone & Telegraph and of United States Steel Corporation, also of Westinghouse, Goodrich, Chrysler, and General Motors.
This Spanish language newsreel clip highlights Alex Carrasquel -- the first baseball player from Venezuela to play in the U.S. major leagues. He played in New York on July 4, 1939, the day before Venezuela's Independence Day. Title cards read: "Especially for Venezuela. The great pitcher Alejandro Carrasquel plays in New York on the eve of the Venezuelan patriotic day." Shot of Simon Bolivar statue in New York's Central Park with 'Simon Bolivar El Libertador' written under it. Huge crowd at Yankee Stadium in New York to watch July 4 doubleheader between New York Yankees and Carrasquel's team, the Washington Senators. (NOTE: This crowd was mainly there to see the Yankees honor Lou Gehrig, their Hall of Fame first baseman, who had just been diagnosed with ALS.) Carrasquel (#14) pitches to Yankees in second game, gives up run-scoring triple, tags out another runner trying to reach first base. Carrasquel speaks to crowd through microphones in ceremony at home plate. Shot of Venezuelan flag on pole outside a building (Venezuelan embassy?). Men and women gathered at a cafeteria. Sign in large white letters reads 'Venezuela.'
Audience enters the Town Hall in New York to hear a recital by Marian Anderson on December 30, 1935. Curtains are opened. Marian Anderson stands beside a pianist on the stage. Audience applauds. She sings while the pianist plays. Marian Anderson bows to the audience. Curtains are closed. Two assistants help Marian sit in a chair because she has been performing with a broken ankle. View of the streets in the District of South Philadelphia., Marian's native hometown. Marian's mother Mrs Anna Anderson at her home. Shots of members of the Union Baptist Church passing an offering plate to raise money to aid Marian Anderson. Marian Anderson talks with manager Sol Hurok in dressing room. Marian Sings during another concert. Crowd applauds as she finishes. View of the New York Times showing name of Marian Anderson in the roster list of great American artists. Montage shows Marian's concerts cards, awards received by Marian from city foundations, the Philadelphia Bach Award of 10,000 dollars in 1941. Marian performs outside at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, USA on Easter Sunday April 9, 1939. Thousands in attendance at the concert as she sings My Country Tis of Thee.
Clip opens with view of some of the 40,000+ fans who crowded Yankee Stadium in New York for "Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day" on July 4, 1939. The Yankees played two baseball games against the Washington Senators that day. Distant footage from left field shows Senators retiring Yankees and running off the field. Yankees run onto the field. In game two, Yankees second baseman Joe Gordon hits a long single that drives in three Yankee runs. Gehrig seen taking framed petition headlined "Don't Quit." Flag reading "1927 Champions" raised on flagpole. Members of that great Yankee team, including Babe Ruth (in white suit) and current Yankee coach Earle Combs (in Yankee uniform) walk up to home plate for the ceremony. Players, executives, dignitaries, photographers gathered at home plate. Gehrig listens to speech, head down. (The only sound bite in this clip is heard here as the announcer says: "In a case like yours, all league and glove lines are obliterated..." ) Next, in footage from game two, Yankees get hits off Washington pitcher Alex Carrasquel. Fans stand up to watch the action. Senators won the first game 3-2; Yankees took the second game, 11-1. (Note: Gehrig, the fabled "Iron Horse" of the Yankees, had to retire that year because of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis aka ALS, often called "Lou Gehrig's disease," which would kill him within two years.)
Screen actor Charles Boyer and his wife arrive in Port Washington, New York from France. A Pan American World Airways Clipper taxis on a waterway. Charles Boyer and his wife Pat Paterson leave the Clipper.
Government official standing on a machine and have tickets in hand in Port Washington, New York. The Officials and crew members going to board plane with smiles on faces and holding hats in hands. Scene of the officials going inside the plane. Plane takes off.