United States Navy Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd's snow cruiser cracks up in Pullman, Illinois. A giant snow cruiser for USN Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd is driven along a road. Men stand on the cruiser. The U.S. flag on the cruiser. A man stands at the gate of the cruiser. The snow cruiser hits a bridge and plunges into a creek.
Film about the city and industry of Chicago in Illinois, United States. Automobile traffic on the road in Chicago. The Wrigley Building in Michigan Avenue. The Merchandise Mart. Interiors of a factory in Merchandise Mart. Hot metal being lifted. Steel manufacturing plant scenes. Material being heated in a furnace. Men work to assemble parts of a machine. Women work assembling new typewriters in a factory. Men paint the Pullman Palace Car at a railroad train car manufacturing plan. The assembly line of diesel railroad locomotive trains in La Grange. A newly manufactured locomotive pulling train cars as it exits the factory area.
German troops seen casually advancing during their invasion of Poland in World War 2. View inside Hitler's traveling railroad Headquarters, known as the Leader's Special Train (Führersonderzug), where General Franz Halder, Chief of the German General Staff, is seen briefing Hitler. Other senior officers join the planning discussions. Brief view of German soldiers in the communications center of the Sonderzug, preparing orders and sending and receiving messages. Hitler is seen stepping from his Pullman car (Number 10206 in which his personal military assistants and a valet were also quartered). He is followed by military officers. A large cadre of German officers greet him and his entourage at the station. They all walk across several railroad tracks to a parked 1939 Mercedes G4 car, into which Hitler climbs. He renders a half-Nazi salute as they drive away. Glimpse of the vehicle steering wheel.
(Note: In 1940, Hitler's train was re-named "Amerika", after a Belgian village, where his regiment found temporary respite on November 1, 1914, following the battle of Geluveld, during World War I. Later, the Sonderzug was finally re-named "Brandenburg.")
A film titled 'Dawn Strikes the Capitol Dome' depicts an impressionistic study of Washington DC on a typical day during the Great Depression in the mid 1930s. The U.S. Capitol Building. The Washington Monument. Vehicles driven on a street. A man crossing a wide street of Washington DC. Policemen control the traffic. A woman runs on a street. A horse drawn carriage on the street and a sign reads 'Thompson Dairy'. A man gets down from the dairy carriage to deliver milk bottles. Traffic on the streets. A woman sweeps a house. A man breaks apart a large ice block into smaller chunks. A man waters a garden. A train arrives at Union Station, with closeup view from tracks as locomotive comes to a halt just in front of the camera position. A Pullman car porter places a Pullman step stool on the ground and passengers exit the train. People board a street car or trolley car with sign indicating it is bound for Chevy Chase Maryland. A man in shabby clothing, possibly unemployed jobless seated on a pathway; he stands and walks off. People exit a city bus when it comes to a stop. Construction of a wide sidewalk and men at work building the sidewalk path. Equestrian statue of Ulysses Grant riding Cincinnati on Capitol Hill. A saddle goods and leather shop with a statue of a horse in front of the store. Construction of a building underway, and a steam shovel at work excavating. A Washington street and buildings on either side of the street. A sign reads 'Right Turn Now'. A policeman directs traffic. Elevated views of car and streetcar or trolley traffic on the streets of Washington DC. Another policeman controls the traffic. Many 1930s era automobiles are seen. Point of view shot from inside a moving streetcar or trolley on roads of Washington DC; view of street car driver and passengers riding in the street car. Civilians ride bicycles. A large wheel tricycle leans against a tree in the background. Men attached to ropes work trimming tops of a tree. Sport equestrian riders ride horses on a large green area with the Lincoln Memorial in the background. A person tees off a golf ball on the National Mall. A sign reads 'Do Not Talk to Guard'. Men dive off diving boards in a swimming pool. Children play and splash in the waters of the Columbus Fountain sculpture at Union Station. A sail boat underway on the Potomac River. A woman holds a pet parrot bird on her finger and talks to it. A sign reds 'Please Give The Garden A Chance' as a man walks right beside it. A man lying on grass beside the Potomac River. Brief view of the Lieutenant General George Washington equestrian statue at Washington Circle.
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.
The Northern Pacific Railroad Overland Express arrives at Helena, Montana. A number of persons are waiting on the station platform, and a baggage wagon is seen. Behind the steam locomotive of the arriving train are four express cars, and behind them seven coaches and Pullmans. Passengers get on and off, and baggage and articles are loaded and unloaded. ( Edison Company film, copyrighted April 4,1900, but believed to be actually filmed about July 1897, when much attention was focused on the Klondike Gold Rush and capabilities of railroads in the Northwestern U.S.)