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.
The Empire State Building in New York City. Views of the Empire State Building in 1970. Views of the Empire State Building under construction in 1930 and 1931. A blimp passing near the Empire State building in the 1930s. People gathered in front of the Empire State Building for its grand opening in May 1931. Next scene shows the 79th floor of the Empire State Building engulfed in flames after a B-25 aircraft crashed into the building in 1945. Views of the fire from the ground an from the 79th floor areas as firemen extinguish flames. Final scene is street levels views of the Empire State building from a moving vehicle, again in 1970.
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.