A rocket sled speeds up with explosives in Syracuse, New York. Harry Bull, a 21-year old university student, stands near a rocket sled. A large crowd gathers to see Harry Bull. He gets into the rocket sled. Explosives seen on either side of the rocket. A man assists him in donning goggles. Harry Bull is greeted by a woman. A smoke cloud rises from the explosives as the rocket speeds up over snow.
Several car stunts are performed at a fair. A man drives a car with a partially rounded, open roof. He brakes the car quickly and it rolls back over front on the rounded roof rails. Next scene shows a stunt man being dragged behind a moving car at high speed, then letting go and getting up to walk away. Final stunt shows involves operator of speed cars, and one is injured in an accident during a show in Albion, New York. The referee signals and drivers race their speed cars toward each other at high speed in a game of "chicken", except that both drivers leap from their cars at the last moment and the card have a head on collision. The car drivers are Mike Felber, of Syracuse, with Ernie Fosnaugh of Chicago. Fosnaugh is injured, seemingly having tripped during his leap from the car. It leaves him badly injured after the leap out of his car. Rescue workers arrive and escort the stunt racer off the race track, in an ambulance.
An American football match between Army and Syracuse at Polo Grounds in New York. West Point cadets march in the ground. Army defeats Syracuse by 9-2.
1928 Democratic National Convention in Texas. Governor Alfred E. Smith tips his hat. Al Smith persuading Franklin to run for Governor of New York. Street scene in Albany, New York with Capitol in background. Newly elected Governor Franklin Roosevelt at his desk in office in Albany. Newly elected Governor Franklin Roosevelt, seated next to Mrs. Edith (Atschul) Lehman,as they converse, at the inaugural ball. Roosevelt's son-in-law, Curtis Dall; his daughter, Mrs. Curtis Bean Dall (Eleanor Anna E. Roosevelt) ; his wife, Eleanor; his mother, Mrs. Sara Delano Roosevelt; and Herbert H. Lehman, are standing behind them. Governor Roosevelt, riding in an open car with his mother, at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York. Governor Roosevelt lunching in an open pavilion at the Fair.
Nineteen year old, Henry Ellsworth Vines, of Pasadena California and opponent George Lott, Jr., of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, battle for 1931 National Tennis Championship at Forest Hills, New York on September 12, 1931, in the 51st U.S. Men's Singles Tennis championship match. They are seen entering the stadium before a capacity crowd, and shaking hands before the match. Views of several strokes and exchanges during the match. At the end, both players meet at the net,shake hands, and walk off the court together. Vines beats Lott (79 63 97 75). Vines poses with trophy.
George Stone and Dr Philip Hauser at the presentation of U.S. census. A slide of U.S. map appears on the screen. 1820 and population figures are marked on part of the map inhabited at that time. The reasons for the increase in the population are discussed by George Stone and Dr Philip Hauser. In the next slide census figures of 1830 appears. Concern for the handicapped lead to including of deaf, dumb and blind category in this census is shown. Dr Philip Hauser shows cartoons appearing in newspapers of that time to George Stone. In the next slide, census figures of 1850 and 7 classes of occupation of people are seen. A percentage representation of various occupations in the population is given in the next slide. The stress on accuracy of 1850 census is seen in the next slide. A comparison of number of occupations of males and females from 1840 to 1870 is shown in the next slide. Census of 1930 is mentioned in the next slide. 1931 is shown as a Special Unemployment Census. Newspaper headlines about stock market crash is seen. Around clip timecode 8:13 are images of Wall Street stock exchange floor near time of stock market crash. Wall Street region in New York City filled with people and views of lines or queues for homeless, unemployed, or food during the Great Depression.