A crew is busy working on rails of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The foreman sees steam locomotive approaching rapidly and directs crew off the tracks. He waves handkerchief as the train speeds past. (Edison Company, 1900)
A parade during Pennsylvania Day on the National Pike in Washington, Pennsylvania. A crowd watches the parade in front of a county courthouse, an F.W. Woolworth Store, and a Keystone Stores Food Market. Floats and vehicles pass along the street, with displays of early road vehicles and wagons. Floats depictions include 'Claysville, PA' with a tollgate, 'U.S. 40...Old Indian Trail', 'One of the original Conestoga Wagons...Brownsville, PA', 'Centerville, PA', and 'Ben Reynolds and Company..established 1900...First effort to whitewash poles on national pike between Washington and Claysville. Made by this group in 1912..Ben Reynold, George Thompson, E.S. McLeod and others' Notables include U.S. Secretary of Labor James J. Davis, Senator Frank J. Harris and State Treasurer General Edward Martin.
View from front of a steam locomotive as it speeds along a track. Men stacking lumber beside a canal in Maine in the early 1900s. The mill and stacks of lumber seen across the canal. Miners at a coal mine ride an open car full of coal as it emerges from a mine in West Virginia, as seen from camera riding on same coal car. Glimpse, from a passing train, of a steel mill in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Immigrants to the United States, from various European countries, at work. Men in factories; working at a power forge in a steel mill; Lumber operations: Men cutting down large trees with hand axes and sawing logs for timber in a forest; Butchers moving sides of beef in a meat packing company. Women working in a metal parts factory (appears to be a sink faucet manufacturing company); women working in a textile spinning mill operation and stacking moving machine shelves with spools. A hose set up from a fire hydrant spraying water in a city street and children running underneath to play and cool off in summertime. Montage of various still and moving images: Immigrant children in classrooms and in school yards. A woman instructing new adult immigrants in an English language instruction class. Immigrant workers engaged in skyscraper construction, high in the air without safety equipment. An iron worker perched atop a vertical steel beam with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. A woman posing on a horizontal bar. Men and women posing in the surf at a beach. Beachgoers watching as a group of men create a human pyramid. A little girl with her feet in the surf. Boys in a classroom, with two of them dirty from work and another boy sleeping with his head on his desk. Mothers and fathers asking about what the children learned in school. A young girl leading a group of school children in reciting the pledge of allegiance. A young girl employed in a fabric mill (child labor).
View of a book entitled "Builders of Hawaii." A hand opens it to several different places, revealing photos of persons who played roles in the early development of Hawaii. Also revealed are pages from the newspaper "Commercial Advertiser" reporting that flags changed as "Hawaii becomes the first outpost of Greater America" and "Old Glory is the new flag of the Hawaiian Islands." (This refers to the establishment of the Territory of Hawaii, under the U.S. Hawaiian Organic Act of 1900.) A portrait of Sanford Ballard Dole is shown. (He was the President of the Republic of Hawaii, 1894-1900, and its first Territorial Governor, 1900-1903.) Views of the Hawaiian State Archives Building, on the grounds of the Iolani Palace, in Honolulu. A plaque honoring Captain James Cook. Views of visitors inside an exhibit that includes a reproduction of an early Hawaiian cottage.
Improvements in transportation in the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Men riding on the front of a locomotive that is underway. Railroad construction crews driving spikes to hold rails as railroads expand in the United States during westward expansion. Animated map shows path of early railroads. A large steam locomotive passes. A canal boat being pulled by animals on a tow path (possibly Erie Canal?). A horse drawn wagon on a dirt road and in front of a log cabin. A mule drawn wagon on a muddy, ruddy road. A very early race car, bearing number 13, starts a race. A broken car being pulled by mules through a muddy and rutted road. An early steam shovel and steam roller in operation building and improving roads. Early automobiles on newly paved roads. A bus or streetcar powered by overhead cables travels down a road. A pastoral farm scene. Early congested roads with buses and trucks. Wide shots of industrialized towns in the early 1900s.
Operations of the Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) Company. Aerial view of New York City's Manhattan Island, below. Camera focuses on Pennsylvania Station (Penn Station) seen from above, and then at street level. Travelers purchasing tickets for combined transcontinental rail and air travel at a window in the station. Families seeing travelers off at one of the railroad gates. Temporary sign at gate reads "The Airway Limited, second section." View of passengers on rear car of train as it pulls out. The car displays Pennsylvania Railroad logo sign reading "The Airway Limited, Pennsylvania Railroad." Views of Pennsylvania RR passenger train and closeup of locomotive wheels in motion. Animated relief map shows train proceeding from New York, past Columbus, Ohio, to Port Columbus station in Ohio. Transcontinental Air Transport, Inc. billroard at the station shows picture of passengers connecting between a train and an airplane. Billboard reads:"Port Columbus, Eastern Transfer Point, Air-rail Service, Coast-to-Coast." Passengers leaving the train and entering the station waiting rooms. Their baggage being weighed (Narrator says 30 pounds is the allowance.) View from terminal roof, of a Ford 5-AT-B, trimotor passenger airplane ready to accept passengers for the next phase of their travel. A logo on fuselage has "TAT" with small ribbon through it reading, "Transcontinetal Air Transport." View of passengers seated inside the aircraft. The plane taxis and takes off from the Port Columbus airport. Ground is snow-covered, but the runway is plowed. Closeup aerial view of the airplane flying over the city of Columbus, Ohio. Distant view of it flying close to the LeVeque Tower skyscraper (a 47-story Art Deco-style building at 50 West Broad Street). Aerial view of the airplane passing the train, continuing westward, from Port Columbus. Views inside passenger cabin of the plane. Animated map show plane heading to Indiannapolis. Officer hands out TAT illustrated map and points out features to passengers.Closeup of map. Aerial view of the airplane on final approach to land at Indiannapolis airport. Clerk at airport typing arrival message on teletype, and company executives reading it at their headquarters. Animated map show plane moving to St.Louis, Missouri. View from air of Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Passengers in cabin. aerial view of the plane on final approach, over snow, to St. Louis. The aircraft taxiing on ramp and parking at terminal building, where passengers enter, under cover of awning-covered walk. Closeup of the aircraft engines. Inserted view of TAT engine overhaul facility, with Charles Lindbergh, the airline's technical adviser, and TAT officials inspecting the operation.