Launching of ships at Staten Island in New York, United States. A destroyer and a cruiser being launched. The ships get underway. Women stand holding bouquets.
French Line Pier 10 at Staten Island in New York. French ship 'Ile De Re' at dock. Name and flags on side of ship on France. French flag on the stern. Freighter 'Leopold' chartered by the Red Cross to carry food to France. French flag on stern. Captain Lewis Thepaut going aboard Leopold. Leopold leaving dock. Coast Guard Escort near the ship. French ship 'Ile De Re' leaving dock. Leopold underway.
French Line Pier 10 at Staten Island in New York. Ship with French flag on stern. Flour being loaded aboard freighter 'Leopold' chartered by the Red Cross to carry food to France. Men aboard Leopold loading the sacks. A man sits on a bag. Sack bags in rows. Sacks read in French 'From America to France'.
Eastbound I-278 in Staten Island New York City. Eastbound Staten Island (Clove Lakes) Expressway. Overhead direction signs read 'Kennedy Airport' and 'Brooklyn Queens Expressway/Long Island Expressway/Manhattan'. Vehicles approach toll plaza and cross Verrazano Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn. Vehicles passing under the tower arches of the bridge. Vehicles pass Shore (Belt) Pkwy connectors, onto Gowanus Expressway. Excellent views of bridge towers and views of Brooklyn.
U.S. army award ceremony at Halloran General Hospital on Staten Island New York. The honored recipients lined up. The recipients salute as U.S. flag is taken down at formal retreat. The flag flutters in wind. Major Jeannette Blech, Chief Nurse at Halloran Hospital, pins the Purple Heart on the uniform of Paratrooper Lance Leonard of Buffalo. A man in the background takes pictures. Major Blech shakes hands with Paratrooper Leonard. The Purple Heart pinned up on the uniform. Private Stanley Zych of Staten Island receive Purple Hearts from Major Bleeh. The Major Jeannette Blech is the first woman in U.S. history to present the Purple Heart to war heroes. The service men and women of the Halloran General Hospital parade.
Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in New York City during the Great Depression. Skilled architects, draftsmen, and artists work for the WPA on a massive scale model of New York City, built in cooperation with New York University (this model predates the famous Panorama of New York City model built for the 1964 World's Fair). An artist is seen leaning over part of the model painting one of its features, which include detailed roads, bridges, buildings, and waterways. A hand lifts a building and measures its base with a ruler. Cartographic Survey WPA workers are seen creating a relief map of Staten Island for educational use. Artists including sculptors are seen creating new sculptures funded by WPA. A man carves a bust. Another man carves a relief stone commemorating Dewitt Clinton. A man stands in a Free Library and looks at books. Two women on a park bench look at books from the WPA Free Library holdings. A skilled artist is seen laying out and buildings stained glass windows for the United States Military Academy at Westpoint in New York. Stained glass panels depicting George Washington and soldiers are seen. A series of the George Washington stained glass windows is seen in place, with the artist applying final touches. Men work on the Federal Theater Project. Billboard signs advertising various WPA funded theatre productions in 1936 are shown, including Jefferson Davis, The World's Greatest Circus, Taking the Air, The Mikado, Macbeth, All American Minstrels, Battle Hymn, and Horse Eats Hat.