The 1939 National Cherry festival in Traverse City, Michigan. Trees of cherries covered with cherry flowers and fruit. Girls stand on ladder and pluck cherries. Cherries being put into boxes. Parade goes down a road. Women seated on a float at the parade. A model of a cherry made up of flowers placed on a float. A girl seated on a floral float holding harness. A young child seated on a toy car placed atop a float in the National Cherry Festival parade.
From the Ford Motor Company produced film, "Scenes From the World of Tomorrow" documenting the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York City. View of buildings of the New York World's Fair of 1940. The Brooklyn Bridge. Aerial view of Manhattan Island, New York City. Skyscrapers of New York City including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. New York Harbor and ships in the harbor. View of the buildings of the New York Worlds Fair in the distance in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as seen from high in a skyscraper of New York City. The Fair's Trylon and Perisphere stand out. People walk along the sides of fountains and waterways at the fair. Crowds milling about, bands marching, dancers performing. Flags of many nations flying on the flag poles. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of George Washington, as the first President of the United States and a statue of George Washington. A bus moves on the street. Fountains and a small bridge near a waterway. Pavilions of nations of England, Japan, and Italy. The USA building and some of the buildings of U.S. States including Maine and Florida. Fountains and waterways of the fair. Woman and two girls eat ice cream cones. A Raymond Loewy - designed S1 experimental streamlined locomotive created for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Pavilions of American Telephone & Telegraph and of United States Steel Corporation, also of Westinghouse, Goodrich, Chrysler, and General Motors.
R.J. Thomas, President of the UAW (Union of Auto Workers) speaks to members of the Union's Executive Board. They are discussing the Tool and Die Makers, who are part of the UAW. Scenes of Tool and Die Makers at work in an auto factory. They decide to go on a strike against General Motors, if necesary. Walter Reuther, National Director of UAW General Motors department informs the press about the underlying facts and issues. Newpaper headline reads: Newspaper headline reads: "Plants reopen peacefully, " when the UAW initially fails to back the Tool and Die Maker's walkout. Workers demonstrate by shouting slogans, marching in protest and carrying banners with slogans. Scenes of rioting in the streets of Detroit, Michigan. Picketing workers are seen as General Motors experimental lab workers and then the engineers also join the strike. Soon it spreads nationwide. Strikers line up for refreshments as they walk the picket lines. The United Auto Workers, Congress of Industrial Organization (UAW-CIO) is now battled by General Motors Corporation. Union members line up at tellers windows to pay their union dues.
View of the General Motors Fisher Body Plant, where picketing continues as Union members demand an annual wage. Police monitor the picket lines. Representatives of United Automobile Workers decide to carry their protest to the Detroit City Council. Union Secretary Thomas seen on upper porch of building bidding them good luck. They present their grievances to the City Council. Striking workers provided food at Union kitchen. UAW members carrying American flags, form a motorcade to gather food contributions from the Farmers Union. Upon arriving at a farm in the country, Union members show their union cards and the farmers fill their bushel baskets with fresh farm products.
Graphic: "This film is restricted". Group of industrial smoke stacks emitting smoke and pollution. Aerial view of Hoover Dam. Large power lines coming from Hoover Dam. View of George Washington Bridge with traffic. Aerial view of early highway interchange. Aerial view of Manhattan, New York. Aerial view of smoggy city with railroad switching yard in foreground. Early highway crowded with car traffic. People wading in water at the beach. People looking out from high vantage point. 1939 World's Fair Trylon and Perisphere. Interior view Grand Central or early Penn Station. Porters and travelers walking in train station. View of Egyptian ruins and pyramids. Ruins from 300 BC. Graphic: Dates of modern advances in geometry, arabic numberals, physics, electricity, chemistry, railroads, telegraph, and automobiles. Factory with smoke stacks, pollution, and view of a large grain elevator. Foundry with sparks flying. Line of turbine generators. General electric building with GE logo on top. Dr. Irving Langmuir works in a lab at the plant demonstrating creation of thin films of oil in a pan. View of Noble Prize won by him for his research about the basic structure and behavior of molecules. View of non-reflective glass demonstrated on General Electric meter. Men in laboratory and looking through microscopes.
Audience enters the Town Hall in New York to hear a recital by Marian Anderson on December 30, 1935. Curtains are opened. Marian Anderson stands beside a pianist on the stage. Audience applauds. She sings while the pianist plays. Marian Anderson bows to the audience. Curtains are closed. Two assistants help Marian sit in a chair because she has been performing with a broken ankle. View of the streets in the District of South Philadelphia., Marian's native hometown. Marian's mother Mrs Anna Anderson at her home. Shots of members of the Union Baptist Church passing an offering plate to raise money to aid Marian Anderson. Marian Anderson talks with manager Sol Hurok in dressing room. Marian Sings during another concert. Crowd applauds as she finishes. View of the New York Times showing name of Marian Anderson in the roster list of great American artists. Montage shows Marian's concerts cards, awards received by Marian from city foundations, the Philadelphia Bach Award of 10,000 dollars in 1941. Marian performs outside at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, USA on Easter Sunday April 9, 1939. Thousands in attendance at the concert as she sings My Country Tis of Thee.