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.
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.
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.
The White House past and the present. Aerial view of The White House in Washington DC in the late 1950s. Scene with 1950s cars parked and moving in parking areas and roads in front of the White House. Visitors walking on the White House grounds near the North Portico. View of a Birch tree planted by wife of President Calvin Coolidge and Magnolia trees by President Andrew Jackson. View of the south portico entrance and the north entrance of the White House. Plans and sketches of of The White House. Portraits of President John Adams and his wife Abigail Smith. Portrait of President Thomas Jefferson. Plan of the east and the west wing of The White House. Illustration of British attack on The White House. Portraits of President James Madison and his wife Alley. Portrait of President George Washington. Portrait of President James Monroe. Picture of President Abraham Lincoln. Footage of President Lincoln's study room, and his bedroom with its custom bed over 8 feet in length. Sketch of President Benjamin Harrison taking oath. Still images of ornate furnishings in the White House during Harrison's tenure. Still images of more simplified furnishings in the White House under Theodore Roosevelt. Picture of President Theodore Roosevelt with sons. Aerial view of the new west wing area enlarged for White House office use. Still photo of Theodore Roosevelt writing. Footage of President Woodrow Wilson signing a bill at his desk, with a crowd of officials standing by. Footage of United States Military officers and French General Ferdinand Foch and other French military officers entering the White House to meet with President Harding on October 29, 1921. (Foch was touring the U.S. and being officially thanked for his leadership in World War I.)