A documentary titled 'Boomtown DC', a part of 'This is America' series, compares Washington DC to an industrial boomtown where the big business is government. 1930's and 1940's cars parked along a tree-lined street in a Washington DC neighborhood with homes visible. A cat jumps down from a wall behind a neighborhood home, with the U.S. Capitol seen in the background. Scene changes to U.S. Capitol building exterior close up. Close up views of souvenir stand trinkets in Washington DC, including banners, snow globes, and postcards of buildings and monuments of the city. View on the National Mall in Washington DC toward the Lincoln Memorial, interrupted by temporary wartime elevated walkways erected between buildings of the rapidly expanding Navy Department on either side of the National Mall. Smoke stacks from the chimneys of a factory superimposed over various images of buildings in the city. A woman exiting a voting booth, followed by a man entering the same voting booth and closing the curtain. A US Army guard standing outside the White House. Exterior of the newly built Pentagon War Department building in Arlington Virginia. Sign "War Department" on the War Department building at 21st and Virginia Avenues. Exterior view of a Navy Department building, then exterior view of the Treasury Department building. Close up view of hands holding and flipping through a stack of IRS individual tax return documents, then of hands sorting through a stack of U.S. government bonds. View of the Justice Department, and then view of sign on the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Scientists in a laboratory operate various equipment and run tests. A scientist near some beakers and test tubes in the lab. Scientists look through microscopes. View of underground rifle range in the FBI building as personnel practice marksmanship. View toward shooters on the range during firing, and toward targets. US Army guard in front of the State Department building. Exterior view of the Department of Labor building and sign. View of the U.S. Office of War Information building (OWI) with sign "US Information" inscribed in large letters on the top of the building (possibly the "Temporary V Building" of the OWI?) Exterior view of the Supreme Court Building. View of Declaration of Independence document on display. Exerior view of U.S. Capitol, then view of House of Representatives in session. U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt seated at a desk signs a document. Citizens and workers walking on streets of Washington DC. Sopme people enter the Department of Agriculture building. Men and women enter the Office of War Information. Civilian and military hats being hung on a hat rack. Hand reaches for a 1940's era telephone. Women filing papers, views of filing cabinets. Close-up of 1940s era typewriters in use.
An enterprising merchant opens the first air raid shelter in North-West Seattle. Aircraft in flight over Seattle. A man puts up a sign which reads 'Bomb Shelter'. The shelter has sand bags stacked outside. A sign reads 'For Rent Space In This Bomb Shelter'. People move inside the shelter. Interiors of the shelter shows people drinking. A sign in background reads 'Only Bottled Beer Sold During Raids'.
Documentary about the U.S. Army's flight around the world in 1924, employing four Douglas World Cruiser aircraft. A flag of United States. Crowds gather around around. the four Douglas World Cruisers, named Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, and Seattle, as they prepare to depart from Seattle, Washington, on their expedition. One of the aircraft taking off. All the aircraft in flight over Seattle Washington. Major Frederick F. Martin Commander of the flight. An animated map shows the aerial expedition's route and locations of various accidents and incidents that beset them along the way. View of one Douglas World Cruiser in flight, equipped with floats. The expedition was completed by the Cruiser,Chicago, crewed by pilot, Lt. Lowell Smith and Lt. Leslie Arnold; and by the
New Orleans, crewed by pilot, Lt. Erik Nelson and Lt. Jack Harding, who are seen being congratulated by expedition Commander, Major Frederick F. Martin upon their completion of the mission in Seattle, on September 28, 1924.
The first Selective Service lottery conducted in Washington, DC, on October 29, 1940, in the United States. An American Legion member, in uniform, poses with Mrs. Robert Bell and her son and a young woman (her daughter?) after her son's draft number (158) had been the first one drawn in the Washington DC Lottery. Dr. Baxter talks with Mrs. Bell and asks why she exclaimed out loud when the first number was drawn. Dr. Baxter gives her the capsule in which her son's draft number was contained. Views of the audience at the The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, where the lottery was being conducted.
The U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) Alaska Flight of 1934 departing Fairbanks Alaska on flight back to Washington, DC. Their YB-10 aircraft are seen in a line on the airfield. Spectators are at the edge of the field to see them off. Next, the aircraft are seen taxiing out for takeoff, with their Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Arnold, piloting the lead aircraft, the "City of Fairbanks." Other aircraft follow in succession. Colonel Arnold's airplane takes off and proceeds in a shallow climb. Slate tells first leg is 640 miles to Juneau in 3 hours and 55 minutes. Map shows North America with outbound course to Alaska from Washington, DC, traversing the Great Lakes, Edmonton, Prince George, and White Horse, to Fairbanks. But a moving arrow shows return route via Juneau. Snow-covered mountains seen from a YB-10 on this return leg. Aerial shots of several YB-10s in formation. Slate announces next leg as 940 miles and 5 hours and 40 minutes to Seattle, Washington State. Aircraft and crews of the returning Alaska Flight, seen on a grass field in Seattle. Lieutenant Colonel Henry Arnold, expedition commander, leads his fliers across the field. Slate states remaining distance to Washington, DC, as 2700 miles and 14 hours. More shots of YB-10s in formation aloft. Shot of a YB-10 with farmland below. Ten YB-10s seen in formation, and the animated map completes the journey to Washington, DC. Aerial view from above of several YB-10s below, flying over the Potomac River, in Washington, DC, with the Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington Memorial bridge visible below. The formation of 10 planes barely visible above the Capitol building. The YB-10 named Juneau, taxiing across Bolling Field, after landing. (This segment of film is reversed, so the name and Alaska Flight logo are mirror-reversed.) The last of the 10 aircraft pulls into position on the flightline. Lieutenant Colonel Henry (Hap) Arnold stands in front of his fliers who hold a large totem pole souvenir. Secretary of War, George H. Dern, greets the returning aviators and poses next to Colonel Arnold.
U.S. troops leave for Alaska from Seattle, Washington during World War II. U.S. soldiers and officers at a port. The soldiers embark onto a ship named 'St. Mihiel'. Troops and equipment aboard the ship. Soldiers aboard the ship wave. Women and children at the port also wave back.