Shows 1970s era construction activities, economic growth, retail shopping, and American fashions and goods of the 1970s. As a contrast to the modern way of life, a farmer is seen using teams of horses to plow his land. Views of middle-class suburban living in the U.S.A. Modern farm machinery being employed. Panels being placed on a new car in a factory production line. A long freight train moving goods. U.S. consumer retail stores selling a variety of products, including ice cream, lawn mowers and hardware, custom framing, fast food (McDonalds), organic food and antiques, among others. Shipping containers being loaded on a ship for export abroad. Various construction sites ranging from those for suburban neigborhood homes to those for high rise buildings. Construction of the Dunhill Condominiums in progress in Atlanta Georgia. A 1970 Ford Falcon car in a neighborhood of new homes. Sink and bath tub Fixtures in a typical kitchen and bathroom. Families at a high school graduation. African American students on a college campus. Families shopping for high price goods, like cars, home appliances, washers, dryers, stoves, ovens, televisions in a show room, and window air conditioner units. Private pleasure boats operating near a large ferry boat. More views of carpenters and other building tradesmen working at construction sites. People at work compiling statistics in the U.S. Bureau of the Census.
Bell Telephone television advertisement depicts the cost of telephone calls over years from 1915 to 1970. Pictures of streets and houses in Boston. Portrait of Alexander Graham Bell. The cost of telephone from 20.70 dollars in 1915 reduced to 70 cents in 1970. Rapid paced montage of images (some still and some motion) from 1915 to 1970. Poster reads 'Japan at War'. Man and woman dance. Missile launched from launch pad. Aircraft parked on runway. The cost of telephone charges reduced over the years. Different types of telephones seen in 1970.
In a 1970 television program, host Lee Marvin talks about Hoover Dam in the Black Canyon on the Colorado River, in between Arizona and Nevada in the United States. Historical scenes from construction of the dam in the early 1930s. Crane lifts a number of workers on a raised platform. Worker comes down the mountain with the help of rope. Workers walk across bridge. Dynamite explosion dislodges rock for dam construction. The Hoover dam under construction. Rock blasting in the dam's diversion tunnels. Construction workers eat food in Anderson's Mess hall. Views of workers dining in the mess hall and the kitchen during food preparation. Includes interviews with workers Joe Kine, Tommy Nelson, and Doug Moore who participated in construction. Later aerial views of the Hoover Dam around 1970.
People in Washington DC, United States. A man playing a guitar during a performance in a club. View of people dancing in the club. Fashions and hippie hair styles seen are 1970's typical of the time. A band performing on a stage and people at a dance floor. The members of the band singing and playing instruments. Several views of the band performing. 'Montage' written on the backdrop of the stage. A man holding a bunch of balloons on a path. Neck ties displayed for sale on a stand on a sidewalk, with a shop advertising Water Beds in the background. Various views of young adult people in 1970s fashions and long hair hippie styles. People walking past the tie stand. A man and a woman seated on the sidewalk talking. People at a park. A woman smoking a cigarette. A few people seated on a grassy ground. A girl reading a book. Office workers in a public park enjoying nice weather and a lunch break. A man lying down with his face covered with a newspaper. People seated at tables at an open restaurant. Beer in a glass and wine served in wine glasses. People eating food and drinking wine at the restaurant. A group of construction workers wearing hard hat helmets standing on a federal or office building under construction. A worker wheeling a cart loaded with construction material. Construction material walls being lifted on cranes on to the building. A man with welding equipment performs welding on the building. View of the Benjamin Banneker Overlook Park fountain at L'Enfant Plaza. Office workers, pedestrians, and two children walk beside the running fountain. People seated on the steps and surrounding area in the park. Two girls walking on a path beside the steps leading down to the fountain. View again of the band musicians playing in the club and people applauding the musicians at the end of the performance. Overall, the footage is like an early music video.
Animated map assembles sections of the United States of America reflecting various kinds of inhabitants. A woman of Native American Indian origins weaves a straw hat as a young boy plays nearby. Sign outside a building identifying the "Slovak Political Benefial Assn." Other signs on seen on different buildings include: "Polish Army Veterans Association of America;" "Ukrainian American Youth Association;" and "Germantown Hospital." A brass plate on a building reading: "English-Speaking Union." Asian-American school girls, and a Japanese-American man with a boy. View of a wood carving in ancient African style. A street scene showing many Hispanic Americans, and commercial signs in Spanish. A group of new American citizens at a naturalization ceremony,each receiving a small American flag. Animated map shown again, indicating the geographical distribution of Americans in the U.S. First it shows areas where citizens live near water, either the oceans, Gulf of Mexcio, or the Great Lakes. Montage of urban scenes showing some of the cities where most Americans live. The Massachusetts State House in Boston. New York City street scene with the Empire State Building in background. City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Capitol in Washington, DC
Temporary census workers (enumerators) taking an oath not to disclose any information they collect. Computer-driven line printer producing many sheets of census data. Examples of data captured are illustrated bV: View of a machinist at work; parents and children at a picnic; a neighborhood of homes;and children playing on a neighborhood sidewalk. Back in the Bureau of the Census, a high speed printer produces confidential lists with categories of data. View of a person completing a census questionnaire. View of the U.S. Capitol. Animated map of the U.S.A. showing changes in Congressional seats resulting from the 1970 census. View of the U.S. Constitution highlighting the part calling for a decennial census. Cartoon illustrations of data groupings possible from census data.