A film shows how voice travels over phones, and dramatizes the transmission of a telephone call from San Francisco to Plymouth, England. Functions of generators, towers, transformers, technicians at circuits, wire lines and the aerial systems at Rocky Point in New York, Cupar in Scotland and Houlton in Maine. Shows switchboard activity at the London Trunk Exchange. Workers, mostly women answering calls in telephone exchange.
Segment from a film on the early political life of Franklin D Roosevelt. Scenes of crowd and delgates at the Sam Houston Hall in Houston, Texas, during the Democratic convention of 1928. Alfred E smith, Governor of New York, is nominated as the Presidential candidate. He later persuades Franklin D Roosevelt's to run for office of Governor of New York. Scene of New York State Capitol, Albany, New York. Roosevelt was elected and is seen seated at a desk, as he arrives in Albany, for the first time. He is seen seated and conversing with Mrs. Herbert H. Lehman, wife of the Lieutenant Governor, at an inaugural ball. Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt is seen standing and chatting with others behind Roosevelt. Herbert Lehman is at the far right of the group, behind Roosevelt
1928 Democratic National Convention in Texas. Governor Alfred E. Smith tips his hat. Al Smith persuading Franklin to run for Governor of New York. Street scene in Albany, New York with Capitol in background. Newly elected Governor Franklin Roosevelt at his desk in office in Albany. Newly elected Governor Franklin Roosevelt, seated next to Mrs. Edith (Atschul) Lehman,as they converse, at the inaugural ball. Roosevelt's son,James; his daughter, Mrs. Curtis Bean Dall (Eleanor Anna E. Roosevelt) ; his wife, Eleanor; his mother, Mrs. Sara Delano Roosevelt; and Herbert H. Lehman, are standing behind them. Governor Roosevelt, riding in an open car with his mother, at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York. Governor Roosevelt lunching in an open pavilion at the Fair.
Operations of the Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) Company. Aerial view of New York City's Manhattan Island, below. Camera focuses on Pennsylvania Station (Penn Station) seen from above, and then at street level. Travelers purchasing tickets for combined transcontinental rail and air travel at a window in the station. Families seeing travelers off at one of the railroad gates. Temporary sign at gate reads "The Airway Limited, second section." View of passengers on rear car of train as it pulls out. The car displays Pennsylvania Railroad logo sign reading "The Airway Limited, Pennsylvania Railroad." Views of Pennsylvania RR passenger train and closeup of locomotive wheels in motion. Animated relief map shows train proceeding from New York, past Columbus, Ohio, to Port Columbus station in Ohio. Transcontinental Air Transport, Inc. billroard at the station shows picture of passengers connecting between a train and an airplane. Billboard reads:"Port Columbus, Eastern Transfer Point, Air-rail Service, Coast-to-Coast." Passengers leaving the train and entering the station waiting rooms. Their baggage being weighed (Narrator says 30 pounds is the allowance.) View from terminal roof, of a Ford 5-AT-B, trimotor passenger airplane ready to accept passengers for the next phase of their travel. A logo on fuselage has "TAT" with small ribbon through it reading, "Transcontinetal Air Transport." View of passengers seated inside the aircraft. The plane taxis and takes off from the Port Columbus airport. Ground is snow-covered, but the runway is plowed. Closeup aerial view of the airplane flying over the city of Columbus, Ohio. Distant view of it flying close to the LeVeque Tower skyscraper (a 47-story Art Deco-style building at 50 West Broad Street). Aerial view of the airplane passing the train, continuing westward, from Port Columbus. Views inside passenger cabin of the plane. Animated map show plane heading to Indiannapolis. Officer hands out TAT illustrated map and points out features to passengers.Closeup of map. Aerial view of the airplane on final approach to land at Indiannapolis airport. Clerk at airport typing arrival message on teletype, and company executives reading it at their headquarters. Animated map show plane moving to St.Louis, Missouri. View from air of Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Passengers in cabin. aerial view of the plane on final approach, over snow, to St. Louis. The aircraft taxiing on ramp and parking at terminal building, where passengers enter, under cover of awning-covered walk. Closeup of the aircraft engines. Inserted view of TAT engine overhaul facility, with Charles Lindbergh, the airline's technical adviser, and TAT officials inspecting the operation.
Herbert Clark Hoover at Republican convention for U.S. Presidential Elections,1928 in Kansas City, Missouri. Crowd gathered at the convention. Crowd carry posters of Hoover. Supporters of President Hoover gathered. Crowd waves the flag of United States. A lady carry poster reading New York. Democratic candidate Alfred Smith delivers a speech. Crowd applauds.
An office entrance in Tacoma, Washington. Sign at door reads: "A.R. Blair & Co. Importers." A man smokes and reads the Tacoma Daily Ledger newspaper in his office. He reads the page with New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) prices for Thursday, August 30, 1928. A sign '"George R. McCall & Company, Stocks and Bonds, with offices at New York, Buffalo, Chicago & St. Louis." A number of the company's clients sit in chairs and watch as the latest stock prices are posted on display boards. Men are shown on the telephone communicating stock orders to their brokers. Hectic activity is seen on the New York Stock Exchange with floods of orders to buy shares. Men are seen in various places hovering over stock exchange ticker tapes running fast out of ticker tape machines. Scene of fireworks in the sky at the end.