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.
A Ford motor company advertisement in technicolor for the new, quiet engineered 1939 Ford automobile. A panoramic view of a forest. Deer in the forest. A man takes photographs of companions, a man and two women in the forest. Their 1939 Ford car parked in the background. They all get in the car and drive away on a road in the forest.
A technicolor commercial advertisement promoting the safety of 1939 Ford automobiles. A Transworld Airways (TWA) DC-3 Lindbergh Line airplane is seen in flight. It has "The Lindbergh Line" painted across its fuselage, and "Sky Sleeper 353" painted on its tail. Operators seen in control tower of airport. Pilot seen in cockpit of the airplane. The DC-3 lands and taxis to a parking place on the airport. Steps are placed at the door and passengers descend from the airplane. An arriving couple are met by a man and woman. They all get into a new 1939 Ford four-door sedan automobile and drive away in the car.
A large number of passengers aboard the ocean liner SS Manhattan (later USS Wakefield) in the United States. Scene from January 10,1938 as the USS Manhattan returns from her Europe trip. A large number of passengers aboard the ship. U.S. Ambassador to Nazi Germany William E. Dodd is interviewed by media persons about his Europe trip. He declares that living in Europe at the time is discouraging and there is crisis in Europe as Nazism and Fascism are gaining ground everywhere. The ship is underway and arriving at New York Harbor on September 30, 1939, carrying 1837 persons, its largest passenger count ever. The passengers are fleeing war-torn Europe early in World War 2. A sign on the ship: 'Manhattan United States Lines'. The passengers in mass numbers at a harbor. The Statue of Liberty in the background.
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.
A 1939 Ford commercial advertisement, in technicolor, promoting the balance and performance of the 1939 Ford Automobiles. A motor boat is seen pulling a man on an aquaplane, in a harbor. A woman balances on the shoulders of a man aquaplaning. They are successful, but both fall off the aquaplane, close to the shore. They are met by three friends and they all get into a 1939 two-door sedan and drive away. They pass a wood-paneled station wagon parked at the side of the road.