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.
'The Big Picture' depicts the life of General Douglas MacArthur. Sergeant Stuart Queen introduces the program about General Douglas MacArthur. General MacArthur delivers a speech at a Joint meeting of Congress as he closes his 52 years of service. General MacArthur with his father Lieutenant General Arthur MacArthur. A childhood picture of General Douglas. Picture of General Douglas with American Olympic team. The Philippine Campaign under Lieutenant General Arthur MacArthur. View of Mount Fuji, in Japan, and sketch of Japan neighborhood. World War I footage with with rows of tents. View of World War 1 soldiers digging trenches. The soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army commonly known as the Rainbow Division exercise in front of Major Douglas MacArthur before departing for France. The soldiers march. A troop ship carrying the 42nd Division underway across the Atlantic and disembarking in France. Colonel Macarthur comes down a flight of stairs and studies a map with two persons. Brief scene of railway guns being fired by U.S. 73rd Artillery Regiment, Haussimont, France. U.S. troops in combat in trenches at the front in World War I. U.S. Artillerymen firing 155mm howitzer. General Pershing, Commander American Expeditionary Forces, decorates Colonel MacArthur. The exterior of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where General Douglas was a superintendent. The cadets in the academy. The cadets stand up to honor General Douglas MacArthur.
Pedestrians walk, vintage automobile cars and trucks pass by, and horses pull carts along "grand canyon" of Chicago at LaSalle and Jackson streets intersection. Buildings and shops can be seen in the background and flanking the Chicago city streets.