A skiing-jumping competition in Salisbury Mills, New York. A ski jump in Salisbury Mills. People stand on either side of the track to watch the skiers. Numerous skiers take part and several fall after their jumps. 'Norsemen Ski Club' written on a sign at the ski jump. Sorenson, who won the New England title at Brattleboro, Vermont, skis down the track and jumps to a height of 181 feet beating his own record of 177 feet, and scores 224 out of 240 points. Sorenson poses with his skis (even as another jumper falls, in the background).
A skier breaks records during a Ski Jumping meet in Salisbury Mills, New York. The participants ski in the meet. People stand on either side as the participants compete. Cars parked in the background. Nineteen year old Jay Rand, of Lake Placid, amazes a big crowd as he soars 185 feet to break the ten year course record. A close up of Jay Rand. (Note: When the U.S. entered World War 2 , Jay Rand enlisted as a paratrooper, with the 82nd Airborne Division. He received a Bronze Star for actions in Normandy, and the Purple Heart for wounds received during the Battle of the Bulge.)
Documentary titled 'Woven into the life of America', on manufacture of various types of garments by the Burlington Mills in North Carolina, United States. View of the Statue of Liberty and of New York City Manhattan Island skyline from the New York Harbor. A boat underway at harbor. Aerial view of tall buildings and skyscrapers of New York City. Pedestrians in 1950s fashions walk on sidewalks of New York City, with some shopping. Trendy clothes are displayed in a shop's window. A model wearing a night gown. A bride being dressed. A receptionist at the reception counter of the Burlington Mills. Employees at work on loom machines.
The last portion of Emma Lazarus’sonnet,"The New Colossus," is shown as engraved on a tablet inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Illustrations of immigrants arriving and felling trees to build dwellings in America. Reenactments of early English, Scottish, and Dutch settlers building houses and working at crafts in New England. Italian sulphur mine workers in Louisiana. Immigrants, from France and Switzerland, planting vineyards in California and New York State. Danes, Norwegians, and Swedes, sowing seed and cultivating crops in the Midwest. Polish and Welsh immigrants in American coal mines. African Americans harvesting cotton in the South, including a woman with her baby riding on her long collecting bag. A Spaniard on horseback in the Southwest. Mexicans working in Texas oil fields and on ranches of New Mexico. Greek and Portuguese fishermen with huge catches of fish. A German technician working with fine instruments. Hungarian and Russian immigrants working in steel mills. Irish, Slavs, and Chinese, building railroads. Closeup of lumberjack's axes and saws cutting trees. A forge and a blacksmith shoeing a horse with horseshoes. A woman at work with a spinning wheel. Railroad ties and rails being placed. An antique railroad workman's locomotive and car. Men installing telegraph wire on rough poles. An antique steam locomotive pulling a freight train. Cowboys on horseback rounding up steers. Herds of cattle,sheep, and pigs, bound to market. Farmers tilling soil with horse-drawn cultivators, preparing tobacco leaves for drying, and loading cotton bales. Machines spinning thread in a textile mill or factory. Fabric weaving machines at work. An early steam boat underway in a river. Early model automobile driving on dirt road. Wright Flyer airplane in flight with several persons on board. Early tractors and harvester machinery working on a farm. Glimpses of American industrial plants and transportation in rapid succession (some of it showing building of Hoover Dam and building of the Chrysler Building in New York City). Oil well drilling and a "gusher" oil well spouting oil upward. Steel mills, locomotive trains, and then a scientist in a laboratory working with beakers and a solution. Dynamite charges blasting away sides of mountains and gorges, and scenes of dam construction and dams opening to allow water gushing. Large electrical control levers being thrown to run electricity, and scenes of electric transmission towers and facilities. Natural gas storage areas. Golden Gate bridge under construction and high rise skyscraper buildings being constructed. Aerial view of New York City. Camera panning over the gravestones in Arlington National Cemetery.
Training of U.S. Army infantrymen in the United States. A newspaper headline reads ' infantrymen arrive in France'. The infantrymen are taught to advance on a battlefield. Recruits in New York's Rainbow Division are seen marching in the mud, at Camp Mills, Long Island, They undergo physical training at the camp. They learn to fire rifles and dig trenches. They inhabit a tent city at the camp. Scenes of Rainbow Division soldiers on a chow line at Camp Mills. After basic training, the soldiers board ships and trains for France. Loved ones give them a sendoff. Upon arrival in France, they are given a warm welcome.They resume training in France, until they are ordered to the Front.
Scenes of U.S. infantry in trenches wearing gas masks and firing rifles. Tanks advancing across the trenches. View of the 7th Regiment World War I memorial statue in Central Park, New York City.
Nineteen year old, Henry Ellsworth Vines, of Pasadena California and opponent George Lott, Jr., of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, battle for 1931 National Tennis Championship at Forest Hills, New York on September 12, 1931, in the 51st U.S. Men's Singles Tennis championship match. They are seen entering the stadium before a capacity crowd, and shaking hands before the match. Views of several strokes and exchanges during the match. At the end, both players meet at the net,shake hands, and walk off the court together. Vines beats Lott (79 63 97 75). Vines poses with trophy.