The use of oyster money in Raymond, Washington. Exterior of a building. A board reads: 'First Willapa Harbor National Bank'. Men and women working inside the bank. Emergency money is printed by the Chamber of Commerce as a stopgap measure after the bank fails during the Great Depression. The new currency bears the picture of an oyster. Men and women working inside the building.
Robber Clyde Barrow behind the bars. He is released on parole in 1932. He hooks up with Raymond Hamilton in a wide ranging crime spree that included murder of storekeeper J. N. Busher, in Texas. Newspaper front pages tracking the criminal acts of the Barrow and the Arrow gangs. In Dallas County Jail William Daniel Jones, a member of Barrow gang, speaks, for the record, about Clyde Barrow. From "The Retribution of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker."
Hard times in the Great Depression led to formation of The Bonus Army. American veterans of World War 1 march on streets of Washington DC, carrying a large poster demanding immediate cash redemption their "bonus" service certificates awarded by Congress in 1924 (but not lawfully payable until 1945). Army Chief of Staff, General Douglas MacArthur, ordered by President Hoover, to clear the Bonus Army encampments, is seen standing in a street surrounded by several U.S. Army troops. People watch from sidewalks as a contingent of U.S. Army cavalry rides down the street. U.S. Army M-1917 tanks roll down Pennsylvania Avenue in July 1932. Bonus marchers and others watch from Lafayette Park in background. Scene shifts to the 1932 Democratic Party Convention in Chicago Stadium, Chicago, where delegates cheer after nominating Franklin D. Roosevelt as their Presidential candidate. Roosevelt seen waving from the podium. Migrant farm workers seen at temporary, dilapidated dwellings in close quarters, and sitting at a campfire, some with sad and desperate faces. Migrant farm workers' cars on the road, piled high with family belongings during westward migration. Migrants riding atop an open railroad freight car. Two men share a copy of the "Epic News" newspaper (published by supporters of Upton Sinclair and the End Poverty Movement in Los Angeles and central California). Narrator describes programs of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Construction workers ignite demolition charges during construction of Boulder Dam (aka Hoover Dam and officially so-named in 1947). Glimpse of President Roosevelt at the site in an open car, for its dedication on September 30, 1935. Construction workers engaged in building the dam. Another shot of President Roosevelt in his open car. Towers being erected to carry electric power from the dam's hydroelectric generators. President Franklin D. Roosevelt smiling broadly at the formal dedication ceremony, September 30, 1935. Controlled discharges of water through the dam. Views of the Boulder Dam hydroelectric generating station. Oil well rigs or oil derricks at work during construction at night. People at work in fabric mills or textile mills, and in a print shop
Plot to blow up U.S. landmarks is uncovered in New York on February 16, 1965. Targets to blow up American landmarks: The Statue of Liberty in New York, the Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, The Shrine of Liberty in Pennsylvania, and the Washington Monument in Washington DC. View of vacant lot near the Woodland apartments in New York City. Bomb squad men moving package of dynamite. Bomb squad truck moving through city streets. The plot was organized by Robert Steele Collier, Walter Augustus Bowe, and Khaleel Sultran Sayyed of Black Liberation Front (BLF) and also a Canadian women, Michelle Duclos, of a Quebec separatist party. Uncover police man Raymond Wood is seen getting an award for uncovering the plot.
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.
President Dwight D Eisenhower awards Medals of Honor for heroism in the Korean War at a ceremony in front of the White House. After presentation the President speaks of the gratitude of the nation, and says he hopes there will be no need for any more battle citations. Relatives of awardees and spectators. The awardees on stage: Sgt Hiroshi Miyamura, USA; Lt James L Stone, USA; Sgt David B Bleak, USA; Sgt Alford Lee McLaughlin, USMC; Private Robert Ernest Simanek, USMC (retired); Lt George H O'Brien Jr, USMC; Lt Raymond G Murhpy, USMC. Secretary of Defense, Charles E Wilson and others watch. The President poses with the awardees for the press.