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.)
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).
Film "American Working Women" Clock above Exit sign in Sonotone factory. Women, including Hazel Kennedy, assembling hearing aids. Women in wash room checking hair in mirror and applying lipstick. Women clocking out at Sonotone factory. Wide shot workers leaving Sonotone hearing aid factory, 2269 Saw Mill River Road Elmsford, NY 10523. Bank teller at White Plains Federal Savings and Loan, 182 East Post Road White Plains, NY 10601 puts away money at end of day. Bank Vice President looks at his watch and greets his secretary goodbye. Secretary Joan Morgan applies lipstick while looking into her compact mirror and then puts on her coat. A man paces outside bank building, looking at watch. He greets his girlfriend Joan and they hold hands. Cancer researcher Martha Hanson puts white mice into a cage in her lab at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, 1275 York Ave. New York, NY 10065. View of numbers on elevator at Sloan-Kettering as doors open. Martha passes through lobby at Sloan-Kettering. Wall engraving in background reads, "Within these walls a few labor unceasingly that many may live" Ann Maloney puts away Silver Slipper hosiery boxes at Marie's Lingerie shop. Sign on wall reads, "First Quality 54 Gauge Nylons" Ann puts money into cash register drawer. Woman (Hazel) driving her 1941 DeSoto Custom automobile. She picks up her husband in front of the hardware factory where he works. Husband and wife kiss in automobile. Close up honking car horn. Children run out of house and into car. Hazel parks car at 12 Curry Road Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 at the intersection of Curry Road and Ronny Circle and the family enters front door of house.
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, including the Chrysler Building circa 1930 while still under construction in New York City. Aerial view of New York City. Camera panning over the gravestones in Arlington National Cemetery.
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.