United States and Soviet Union soldiers celebrate their victory as world War 2 comes to an end in Germany. "Elbe Day": Soviet and American soldiers meet at the River Elbe on 25-26 April, 1945. View of Nazi swastika being blown up at Zeppelinfeld in Nuremberg Germany in 1945. Scenes of celebration in the streets of Paris with French civilians cheering American and French soldiers and celebrating the end of World War 2. French women kiss soldiers. Crowd gathered in Times Square in New York celebrating VE-Day (Victory in Europe Day). Foreign Ministers of fifty nations arrive at San Francisco to sign the United Nations Charter. United States President Harry S. Truman addresses the delegates at the closing ceremony of the conference on June 26, 1946. Ships bring back American soldiers, including some wounded, after World War 2. Women and families on dock at harbor wave and smile at arriving troop ship with American soldiers. Also seen are soldiers of other countries including Soviet Russian soldiers returning to their families at a train station, with smiling and tearful family reunions. Cemeteries with headstones honoring soldiers who died in the war. Military hardware being scrapped to make peacetime goods. Views of explosive charges being set and military aircraft being blown up for scrap. Piles of scrapped military vehicles. A woman in a factory organizes newly manufactured clothes irons. Workers in a factory perform final assembly on newly manufactured ovens and stoves for homes.
Promotional documentary titled 'By The Way of Panama - California The Golden'. Describes views of California to be seen on a cruise from New York, via Panama. The sea shores of California with rocks and sand. A passenger ship sailing in the harbor of San Diego. Views of the San Diego Harbor. The ship, called the "Pennsylvania" reaches harbor of Los Angeles. The buildings and streets of the city of Los Angeles. A Hollywood film studio with shooting underway. Luxury homes of LA. The ship moves on to San Francisco. The harbor of San Francisco including Alcatraz Island in background. Views of the surroundings from a high ridge in San Francisco.
U.S. Army trucks of the 1919 motor transport convoy drive past a moving trolley car on a street in Oakland, California. Spectators gather along side of street at ferry slip to watch as convoy trucks board a ferry boat for trip to San Francisco. Several men watch from upper deck of the ferry. A boy with a bicycle watches from beside a fence. View from upper deck of the ferry boat, of trucks driving aboard. A line of civilian cars sits to the side as the army vehicles drive aboard. View from the ferry boat underway in San Francisco harbor. Next, the convoy is seen driving along street in San Francisco, on September 7, 1919. The Mayor of San Francisco, James Rolph Jr., conversing with officers of the convoy, as they stand on a flag wrapped stand during a formal greeting ceremony. More views of convoy trucks in the city and lined up on hill overlooking San Francisco Bay.
U.S. Submarines being decommissioned in San Francisco, California. Us sailors at the San Francisco Navy yard clean and lubricate parts and equipment prior to storage. Bridge over a river. Submarines at a port. Honor flag being brought down during a ceremony. Flag being presented to submarine's oldest man. Sailor plays a trumpet. Seaman looks through a periscope. View of a blast through periscope. Vessel being retired. Submarine being painted to protect it against corrosion. Deck guns being covered with cocoon type plastic sheet. Engines, air compressor and other parts of submarine being cleaned, oiled and left in working a condition. Submarines parked at a port.
Brief shots of Grand Canyon, speed boats, Statue of Liberty, World Trade Center, Sea World killer whale, rodeo cowboy, woman skiing, snow capped mountains, and Disney castle. Map of North America highlights California and Nevada. Postcard pictures of people and places in California and Nevada. Los Angeles skyline. Neon sign "Coors California." Car hop drive in diner with classic muscle cars and motorcycles. Shot looking upward from moving vehicle of palm trees lining street. The famous Hollywood sign. Several stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Universal Studios park shows tourists with Jaws mechanical shark and moving shooting demonstrations. Rolls Royce on Rodeo Drive and shopping with storefronts of Cartier, Elizabeth Arden, Gucci. Aerial view of Santa Monica pier. Man surfing in waves and woman in bikini playing volleyball. Controls of boom box radio and young man break dance performer shows a breakdance routine. Roller skaters performing stunts and dancing on roller skates. Hotdog vendor. Tall swings with two performers. Golden Gate Bridge, Painted Ladies homes, TransAmerica Building in San Francisco. Street Car or Cable car operating shows conductor and controls at work. San Francisco street scenes with pedestrians and automobiles. San Francisco pier. Slicing sour dough bread and steaming dungeness crabs. Yosemite National Park with people boarding shuttle bus and watching waterfall. Hoover Dam and Lake Meade. Boats on Lake Meade. Las Vegas sites including Flamingo, Stardust, and Dunes casinos. People gambling at the Las Vegas Club. Neon lights of casinos. Slot machines and table games like craps and blackjack. A Las Vegas nightclub show with dancers. Woman relaxing on a raft in a pool at a hotel.
POV aerial view of San Francisco harbor through airplane window. Fishing boats anchored in harbor. POV view of San Francisco from ship. Chinatown in San Francisco. Cable car moved on turntable in front of The Owl Drug Co. POV going down hill in San Francisco in cable car. POV looking out front of passenger bus going over the Golden Gate Bridge. Greyhound bus emerging from tunnel. Greyhound bus driving on U.S. 101 on the 'Redwood Highway' Couple stares upwards at giant redwoods. The 'World Famous Tree House' in Piercy, California.