In a U.S. Army documentary, an Army Sergeant walks on sidewalks of a typical 1950 small town in the rural United States -- Ottumwa, Iowa. Civilians on streets of the city. Various shops and 1940s and 1950s era automobiles. People from various walks of life talk to the Sergeant. The Sergeant recalls the town's ancestors entering America. The Des Moines river is shown with a small boat anchored at the end of a dock and men and boys fishing. Statue of an Indian Chief atop the Courthouse Building, Chief Wapello, whose tribe camped in the spot of the town years prior. The entrance of the library. Still images and drawings from the library depicting the town. Pictures of houses, shops and other buildings. People on the streets of Ottumwa. The Ottumwa Daily Courier newspaper headline announcing U.S. participation in World War I, "War Becomes Actuality." Images of members from Ottumwa's own Company G, 42nd Rainbow Division in WWI, including soldiers Arthur Menge, Charles Orman, Marlow Work. Views of WWI battle scenes. Oscar Nelson is remembered for heroism. WWI soldiers returning to American towns. Private Charles Orman 40 years later in Ottumwa. He enters a barber shop. Art Menge is also seen in the Barber shop. Aerial view of the city with many bridges, plants, factories, and homes visible. Cars and pedestrians on streets, The Ottumwa Bank, the Airport with a plane parked in front of the terminal, the Railroad train station with people waiting as a large sleek silver passenger train pulls up and arrives. The Hoffmann Drug store, the Ottumwa Hotel, The Ottumwa Daily Courier newspaper building, the Glover Motor Company, the Union Bank, and the Sunnyslope Sanitorium. Various homes and neighborhoods and 1950s automobiles. Governor Herschel Loveless, an Ottumwa native, at home with his wife. The home on Davis Street of the Miss Universe contest winner Carol Morris, and views of Ms. Morris in the pageant and receiving the winners crown in 1956.
Documentary titled 'Woven into the life of America', on manufacture of various types of garments by the Burlington Mills in North Carolina, United States. View of the Statue of Liberty and of New York City Manhattan Island skyline from the New York Harbor. A boat underway at harbor. Aerial view of tall buildings and skyscrapers of New York City. Pedestrians in 1950s fashions walk on sidewalks of New York City, with some shopping. Trendy clothes are displayed in a shop's window. A model wearing a night gown. A bride being dressed. A receptionist at the reception counter of the Burlington Mills. Employees at work on loom machines.
Scenes of American people engaged in different occupations in the United States in the 1950s. African American surveyor looks through a survey transit instrument as they work on a construction project with Brooklyn Bridge of New York City in background. Men in suits examine blueprints at construction site of an interstate highway cloverleaf system. A man studies and works on the construction site of a bridge. Nurses in a classroom take down notes. A redcap pulls baggage at a railway station. Men work on construction projects. Masons, carpenters work at construction site. Surgeons operate on patient in operating theater. Cowboys hold down a calf and brand it, A housewife prepares a meal. A man operates an automobile elevator parking lot and 1950's American automobiles are seen passing by his lift. A truck of the 'Sand and Gravel Corporation' at a construction site.
Montage of Americana spanning parts of the 1950s and 1960s. Science and technology in the United States. Scientists work in laboratories and conduct various experiments. Scientists look into microscopes and treat patients with scientific medical equipment. People relax at a beach and amusement park. People watch a baseball game. Spectators from behind the fences watch bucking horses in a rodeo. Playing golf. Ten pin bowling. Motorboats race in water. Water skiing. View at a football game, horse race, basketball game, and Joe Louis boxing. Ice skating with sails. Swimming pool and high dive. 1940s fashion scenes: Juke box; Pegged pants; bobby sox;saddle shoes and dancing to an orchestra. People Square dancing, fishing, throwing horse shoes, playing shuffle board and lunching in backyard. Americans enjoying parks with lakes, swimmers, boaters and lots of park benches, where they sit and relax. Contrasting scenes of poverty in America: poor tenement and slum housing; bread line food relief for the poor; criminals being apprehended by police in paddy wagons; African American and some white American people demonstrate by the reflecting pool near Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, DC, during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Demonstrators holding signs protesting racism, low wages, and poor housing; and advocating civil rights. Travel by Americans: People boarding an Air France airplane, airport scenes and people boarding a Pan Am (Pan American) passenger jet airplane. Ground level shot between art deco sleek passenger railroad trains in motion. People unload luggage from parked passenger bus. Aerial views of American highways with traffic and lots of mostly 1950s era cars and trucks. View of RV trailer park or camping area. Scene from moving car of undeveloped land and then of city at night with many neon signs for hotels, motels, food, and businesses. Vintage American suburban scenes of families tending their neighborhood yards,cutting their lawns, and raking leaves.
Farmers harvesting grain and corn with machinery on American farms with a narrow tractor harvester. Steel mills and heavy industry and cargo railroads in the United States. Industrial views with smokestacks releasing much smoke and smog (also pollution scenes). Scenes of New York City with busy streets filled with cars, buses, and trucks, together with pedestrians. Many varied 1940s and 1950s cars on the roads. Elevated and also aerial views of U.S. highway networks busy with 1940s and 1950s cars. Views of Jones Beach, on Long Island, New york. Scenes of destruction in Japan from the atomic bomb, with sweeping views of destroyed city in Hiroshima or Nagasaki. U.S. Army infantrymen engaged in house-to-house fighting in Europe during World War II, firing rifles and moving between points of cover in a city filled with rubble.
Factory whistle blows and men entering a factory. Car chassis factory assembly line. Locomotive engineer blows train whistle and locomotive with cultivators on a flat bed car. Cultivators harvesting grain. Woman carries groceries from shop to a 1950's sedan car parked on street. View of 1950's automobile highway traffic and aerial view of highway. Eisenhower inauguration. In his speech, Eisenhower emphasizes that, "we stand ready to engage with any and all others in joint efforts to remove the causes of mutual fear and distrust among nations..." Newspaper headline 'Korean Truce Signed'. American troops disembark ship and greet family. Secretary of State Dulles with Churchill. Eisenhower and Churchill at Geneva conference, along with Kruschev. Eisenhower speaks before United Nations about efforts to form an "atom pool." He notes United States "determination to help solve the fearful atomic dilemma...." Newspaper headlines 'Eisenhower Signs Sea Way Bill'. Construction of Saint Lawrence Seaway. 'Budget' and 'tax cuts' news in newspapers, including headline, "White House ends all wage controls...." Farmer plows field with tractor. Construction of new buildings and highway system through Eisenhower programs. Views of the newly established Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Workers filing cards in giant room of file drawers and cabinets. Nurse draws vaccine into syringe. Children are vaccinated. President Eisenhower meets leaders from different countries at White House, including England's Queen Mother and King Paul, Queen Frederica of Greece, and Prime Minister St-Laurent of Canada. Eisenhower at press conference discussing disarmament notes importance of the "elimination of opportunity of surprise attack." View of fff shore towers and listening platforms and missiles to protect America from attacks. Nautilus submarine launched. Plane taking off from aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV-59). Formation of Northrop F-89 Scorpions in flight.