Robert Foster, a seven year old an ace rifle shooter, in Sheldon, Illinois. His father stands against a target with bulbs outlining his form. Robert Foster aims his rifle towards the target and shoots all the bulbs one by one. The father carries the son in his arms.
Children hit targets in Sheldon, Illinois. Eight years old Robert Foster and his seven years old sister Betty Foster hit a target board. They stand in a garden and hit balloons on the board with guns. A man watches and instructs them. A house in the background. The man watches as the boy hits the target. The children eat ice-cream.
Glimpse of U.S. Army gun crew operating a 3-inch M3 Anti Aircraft gun. Glimpse of 1st Lt Joseph H. Eastman and Captain Eddie Rickenbacker standing beside Rickenbacker's SPAD S.XIII #1 parked in front of a hangar at Foucaucourt Aerodrome, France, 1918. Sequence shifts to 1936, and office of Rickenbacker, now President of Eastern Airlines. A poster on the wall contains memorabilia from the 94th Aero Squadron, with which Rickenbacker flew in World War I. Camera pans over photographes bordering the poster. Next, Rickenbacker is seen conversing with his guest, Cyrus R. Smith, President of American Airlines, as they look at a picture of Rickenbacker and his Spad airplane, signed by numerous pilots who also served with the 94th Aero Squadron. A mounted model of a Douglas DC-3 airplane sits atop a table in the foreground. Rickenbacker and C.R. Smith, both hold onto the DC-3 airplane model as they shake hands. Closeup of the DC-3 model as Rickenbacker rotates it before the camera. (Note: Both Smith and Rickenbacker, presidents of their respective airlines, had mutual admiration for the Douglas DC-3 airliner. In 1934,Smith arranged to purchase 20 new DC-3 airplanes from the Douglas Aircraft Company. American's first DC-3 "Flagship Illinois," had its maiden flight on June 25, 1936. Eastern Airlines took delivery of its first DC-3 in December 1936.)
Woman explorer, Ruth McCombs Harkness, (widow of explorer, William Harkness) brought the first live panda (named Su-Lin) into the United States, when she returned from an expedition, on December 18, 1936. Here she is seen in the Brookfield Zoo, in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield, Illinois, where she is playing with a second baby panda (named Mei Mei) that she acquired in 1937. A large group of children, enjoy the antics as she plays with the baby panda. At one point, Mrs. Harkness lifts Mei Mei up close to the chilren. Next, she holds Mei Mei close to Su-Lin, as zookeeper Sam Parratt holds the larger panda. The two pandas nuzzle one another.
Howard Hughes takes lunch at a restaurant in Chicago on May 14, 1936. Other people sitting and standing behind him. View of propeller on his Northrop Gamma 2G airplane being started. Hughes has his goggles on his head and takes off toward California. View of Union Air Terminal in Burbank, California. Hughes steps out of plane in Los Angeles after 8 hours flight. In next scene, aviator Amy Johnson, CBE, wife of Jim Mollison, emerges from her Percival Gull Sixplane. G-ADZO, in Capetown, South Africa on May 7, 1936 after a record-setting four day and sixteen hours flight from London. A large crowd waits to see her. People greet her with flowers. Johnson is seen among the large crowd and smiling and waving to the crowd. Scenes in clip are from a 1961 newsreel recounting events roughly 25 years prior.
Approximately 20 contestants, dressed in white, are seen at horseshoe pitching lanes in a fenced enclosure. Spectators are seated in bleachers nearby. A stray dog wanders in the foreground. View of the spectators (mostly men). View of a shoe landing as a ringer. View from the pins as a contestant throws five shoes at four pins. One shoe appears to have landed closed against the first pin. The remaining four are all ringers. In a complete change of scene, Ted Allen, wearing a sweater emblazoned with his name and title: "World's Champion," gives a demonstration. He throws four ringers at one pin, while an intrepid assistant leans over, with his hand atop the pin, confident that he won't be hit by one of the horseshoes. Final view is a closeup of Ted Allen posing with his face framed by a horseshoe. (Note: Ted Allen was born in Kansas. His family moved to Colorado in 1922; to Oregon in 1932; to California in 1933; and finally back to Colorado, in 1936.)