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.
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.
Flags of various NATO member countries. Flag of NATO. Film 'The Atlantic Community' introduces the United States as a NATO member. American landscape views. American men,women and children walk to church. Memorial marking first settlements in America. Back Bay neighborhood along bank of Charles River in Boston. Side and front view of Old State House in Boston. Pedestrians and traffic with 1940s automobiles on busy streets of Boston. Exterior view of Faneuil Hall and flower market in Boston. Civilians walk in street and cars drive by. Sweeping views of Harvard University campus buildings. View of New York city. Empire State building. Manhattan Island New York City as seen from the water. Tall buildings and skyscrapers of Manhattan. Upward panning view from ground to top of Empire State Building in 1949. Busy street in New York city. American people at work including a man operating precision manufacturing equipment, a woman typing on a typewriter, and a man carpenter sawing wood. A seamstress sews clothing, an executive on the telephone in an office, factory workers at work; bricklayers working; women examine clothing designs, draftsmen at work on drawing plans. View inside a locomotive of the engineer operating a train at high speed. View from exterior of passenger train as it approaches and passes by. Aerial views of farmland and hay in fields under a dusk sky. Elevated view of American industrial factories and smoke pouring from chimney stack pipes. Cowboys with herd of cows at the foothills of Rocky mountains. American dam on a massive lake. View of the Mormon Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Mormon temple from a distant elevated position with mountains in background, and then a street level view of Salt Lake Temple with statue of Brigham Young in foreground and 1940s vehicles. Aerial view of Lockheed Constellation aircraft in flight. American landscape views. Mountains and oceans. Golden Gate Bridge. Niagara Falls view. Fort Montgomery. The Rainbow Bridge from U.S. to Canada.
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.
Crowded South Broadway street shopping district of Los Angeles California in 1950. Intersection of 7th Street and S. Broadway Los Angeles. American Red Cross flags hang from many buildings and a sign "Give more than before" as part of a blood drive. Desmonds department store sign visible in distance on South Broadway. Traffic light on the street. Pedestrians crossing the street. Vehicular traffic of cars, trucks and streetcar trolleys on the street. Passengers step down from a streetcar at a stop. It is number 59 with a sign that reads, in part, South San Pedro. View of shops on S Broadway including Bullocks Department Store on the corner of 7th Street and Broadway, Le Roys at 633 South Broadway, Harris & Frank's. A policeman stands at the intersection and directs traffic. Near ground level view of legs and feet of pedestrians with late 1940s and early 1950's mens and womens fashions. 1940s and 1950 truck, bus, and car automobile traffic clogs streets and highways of Los Angeles. Clothes hanging in front of residential garden apartments. Two babies standing in doorway of ground floor apartment, and a young boy sitting on the building steps.
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.