Film reviews China's 4 thousand years of history. Bucolic China scene of mountains, woods, and a farmer plowing with oxen. A mass of Chinese people tightly packed together as they walk along a narrow alleyway in a town. Fleeting glimpses of two Chinese soldiers; a child; a woman; a woman and child; and numerous other Chinese people in a montage splayed across a background of moving crowds. An open book of Chinese characters. Mariners compass superimposed on an moving image of oceanliner. Views of several large scale astralobes and world globes. A Chinese worker placing porcelainware in an oven for glazing. A man spooning gunpowder into a dish, followed by glimpse of a Chinese firework igniting. Chinese paper Dragon and street celebrations. A book entitled: "Analects of Confucius," in which, on page 105, is found the admonition: "What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others." Ancient statues of two men and of two riderless horses behind them. Tall Chinese pagodas. Chinese artillery field pieces firing. Chinese troops advancing in several situations during conflict with Japan. Map of china and illustration of Japanese Samuri warrior emblazoned across it. A book entitled: "The Tanaka Memorial,(Japan's Dream of World Empire)." A Still photograph of Japanese Foreign Minister Baron Tanaka Giichi in military uniform, with other Japanese officers. Excerpts shown, ostensibly from this book. Emperor Hirohito is seen with Baron Tanaka, and other officers, all in military uniforms, in front of a tent, circa 1928. Automated map ostensibly illustrates the elements of a Japanese plan of conquest, starting with Manchuria for raw materials; the absorption of China for manpower; followed by a sweep South for riches of the Indies and Australia; and lastly a sweep Eastward to crush the United States. More views of crowds of Chinese people are followed by an. animated map illustrating early World War 2 events, including Nazi Operation Barbarosa against Russia, approved by Hitler in 1940, and the Nazi occupations of Denmark, Norway, and other European countries. (Note: Actual existence of the so-called "Tanaka Memorial Imperialist Conquest Plan" is a subject of debate among historians.)
Describes raw materials used in telephone manufacturing. The map shows a location of Russia. Platinum mined in the dredges of Ural Mountain streams. Hand examines crushed platinum ore in a bowl. Mixture of silver, gold and platinum is melted and poured into mold. The resultant alloy bar is placed between samples of gold, silver and platinum on a table. Animation shows use of the alloy in a telephone instrument.
July 17, 1928, Friedrichshohe, Harz, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. Trial run of an Eisfeld-Valier propulsion system on a simple rail car (chassis mounted on steel wheels) running on the Harz Narrow Gauge Railway ,in central Germany. A man fits rocket boosters in the chassis. A flag marks the start point. The car leaves the start point and attains speed of over 100 Km per hour. Spectators stand near the track. July 25, 1928. Another trial run of the rocket-propelled rail car. Men near Eisfeld-Valier-Rak-1propelled rail car on tracks. Men fit rocket boosters in the car. The boosters are ignited. The car attains a speed of 180 Km per hour. July 26, 1928. Official speed run of the Eisfeld-Valier-Rak 1rail car at Stiege, Germany. On this third run, the car reached 180 km / hr but continues its strong acceleration, causing it to derail and fly off the track at a speed estimated to be 300 Km per hour.
Thomas Edison with his original tin foil phonograph (recording and playing device), that was produced in December 1877. Edison stands near a NBC microphone and shows operation of his tinfoil phonograph, also referred to in press of the late 1800s as a Talking Machine. This footage was shot on the occasion of a recognition ceremony for Edison on October 20, 1928, where he was also presented the Congressional Gold Medal by President Calvin Coolidge. This original tinfoil phonograph had been given by Edison in 1880 to a representative of the English Patent Office who visited the Menlo Park lab. The machine had been exhibited in England. It was repatriated for this 1928 event by the South Kensington Museum in London. British diplomat Ronald Ian Campbell, partially visible on the left in this footage, presented the phonograph back to Edison. Today it is on display at the Edison National Historic Site in West Orange, New Jersey.
Sesquicentennial celebration of Captain Cook's discovery of Hawaii: (1778-1928) held in the Hawaiian Islands, August 15 to 21, 1928. Monmouth-class British armored cruiser underway en route to Hawaii. Royal Hawaiian flag draped on tripod of submerged tablet, marking the site of Cook's demise. (The inscription reads: "Near
this spot Captain James Cook, R.N., was killed, Feb. 14, 1779.") Smoke seen rising from naval guns on the British cruiser, in Kealakekua Bay, firing 21-gun salute. Camera pans over to the battleship, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) also firing her guns in salute. A group of British buglers plays "The Last Post," during the ceremony. U.S. Secretary of War, Dwight F. Davis and Territorial Governor of Hawaii, Wallace R. Farrington, step into a Hawaiian outrigger canoe for a short trip across the bay. Next they are seen stepping from the canoe, to a Navy launch tied at the dock in Napoopoo, and thence to the dock, itself. Change of scene shows Secretary Davis and Governor Farrington, with many other guests at a traditional Hawaiian Luau. There Secretary Davis is also seen delivering remarks to the gathering.
Weltraum Schiff I Startet Eine Technische Fantasie. German science fiction film depicts the launch of a space ship by animation with special effects. A man talks about a rocket launch to an audience. People sit and take notes. He also answers the questions of the audience. Animated pictures show a space ship's trip to moon. Posters of various German Dornier airplanes line the lecture room, including: Dornier Do 17; Dornier Do 24 3-engined flying boat; Do-X 6-engined flying boat; Dornier Do J II Wal; and Dornier Do-19 aircraft. German launch of a rocket from a trough type launcher. Igniter being wired to rockets on the Opel RAK-2 rocket propelled car. Max Valier sitting in his rocket propelled car Valier RAK-6. Fritz Von Opel sitting in his rocket propelled car, Opel RAK-2. Fritz Von Opel driving his rocket propelled car, Opel RAK-2 at Avus track in Berlin on May 23, 1928.
Year given for film (1928) is wrong. A picture an aircraft in the background is a Dornier Do 17, dating it to after 1935. By the radial engines, the Do-17 is likely a M or later model, which would date the film to 1937 or later.