National Tobacco Festival in South Boston, Virginia. Women in a tobacco field, including the festival queen wearing a crown and assisting with tobacco picking. Men and women dressed in colorful costumes. A man dressed in native American Indian regalia smokes a pipe. Another man dressed in fancy robes (perhaps the look of an early settler) smokes the pipe and coughs. A parade to mark the National Tobacco Festival runs down Main Street in the town of South Boston, Virginia. Decorated floats with a woman dressed as a queen on a decorated float. Marquee on the Princess Theater on Main Street advertises the move "Suzy" starring Jean Harlow and Cary Grant. The floats drive past as parade attendees look on.
Celebration of the National Tobacco festival in South Boston, Virginia. Contestants for the Queen of Tobacco Festival walking through a tobacco field and picking tobacco leaves. They are holding a contestant up high on a platform shaped like a giant tobacco leaf, and picking tobacco leaves which they scatter on the platform as they walk. Colorful parade for the celebration of the festival. Contestants in decorated floats passing on the street. The first float seen features a giant cigarette held high over a girl contestant's head. Large crowd watching the parade. Buildings along the sides of Main Street in downtown South Boston, Virginia. United States Postmaster General James Farley crowns Miss Martha Scott as the Tobacco Queen. James Farley in a humorous shack is greeted by the line of contenders for the Tobacco Queen crown and kisses a number of them.
A raging flood in 1936 in West Virginia. Flood waters seen moving swiftly. WPA Workers during the Great Depression are seen building a new bridge at Petersburg West Virginia, spanning the South Branch of the Potomac River. Car crosses the bridge. New flood walls and dikes built by the WPA are shown, created to prevent recurrence of losses in future floods.
Ninth National Convention of the Communist Party USA in New York City, June 24 -38, 1936. The theme as seen in outsize banners included a huge likeness of Earl Browder displaying the words: "Against Hunger Fascism War" and a banner around the hall reading in part: "forward to Unity..." The activities seen are like any major political party convention, including having placards identifying delegates from all the States of the Union, such as Georgia, Virginia,Iowa,West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, District of Columbia,Oregon, etc. Lights sweep over the darkened arena highlighting the signs of the various states. Several scenes show massed flags of the Communist Party displaying the hammer and Sickle on a solid field.
Exterior view of Pan American Union Building in Washington DC, with a 1930s Packard four door sedan-limousine parked in front. A man entering the building. Jefferson Caffery, U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, seated in an office and reviewing paperwork. Narrator describes the creation of the Good Neighbor Fleet (where Moore-McCormack Lines, also called Mooremack, was contracted to run three ocean liners of the U.S. Maritime Commission between the USA and South America, called the Good Neighbor Fleet.) Close up picture of brochure advertising the new fleet, and picturing the three ships (The California, Virginia and Pennsylvania from the former Panama Pacific Line, with new names Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina.) Next scene shows 3 men meeting (this is possibly Moore-McCormack Lines founder Albert V. Moore, on right, seated at a table and in discussion, possibly with U.S. Maritime officials. Man on left is possibly Emmet McCormack.) Passengers aboard liner SS Brazil as it departs port. Crowd on docks wave at the ship leaving New York harbor. View from on board SS Brazil in New York Harbor as a nearby tug boat sprays water. Skyline and skyscrapers of New York City's Manhattan Island seen in background. Map of South America showing route of a Good Neighbor ship. Good Neighbor Fleet ships at a harbor in South America. U.S. State Department diplomats in South America beside one of the ships as fleet service is inaugurated. Exterior view of Pan American Union building and its sign in Washington DC (later called the building of the Organization of American States). President Ortiz of Argentina, President Alfredo Baldomir of Uruguay, and President Vargas of Brazil are shown in discussion with various officials.
Scenes from the Academical Village at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. A sketch of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, on a table. View of the North side of the Rotunda, and the statue of Thomas Jefferson in front of the Rotunda. Students standing on the steps of Old Cabell Hall, with a view past a statue of Blind Homer with his Student Guide, by Moses Ezekiel, and up the Lawn toward the Rotunda South entrance. A couple walking on the lawn. Women stand and talk on the Rotunda terrace near the East Lawn. Lawn at the Academical Village of the University of Virginia. Students walking on the East Lawn steps beside the Rotunda, toward University Avenue. Three U.S. military soldiers stand with a woman in front of a statue of Thomas Jefferson, founder of the University of Virginia, located on the West Lawn.