Christmastime celebrations in Upper Darby (bordering West Philadelphia). A 60-foot high statue of Santa Claus (Kris Kringle), is set up on 69th Street. Children dance in a circle around it and snake in and out of adjacent building. Some children are seen having pony rides in the midst of the activity. A line of students walk past and shake hands with a person in Santa costume, as adults watch from nearby. A group of younger children mob Santa, who takes it all in stride. Small children receiving gifts from Santa in his hut. Santa holds and shows a toy train to a very small child in his arms, who simply cries. The same thing happens when he tries to give a toy bear to another very small child.
Men work assembling transmissions on an automobile production line. John L. Lewis, President of the United Mine Workers Union, giving a speech supporting formation of the Congress of Industrial organizations (CIO). Group of workers gather to listen to a union speaker. Many wear miners hats. Cheering Union workers march in street carrying posters reading: "Long-Live the C.I.O." and "Forward eith C.I.O." Leaders of the early C.I.O., Sidney Hillman,President of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA); Philip Murray, Vice President of the C.I.O.; and John L. Lewis, C.I.O. President, circa 1938. David Dubinsky, President of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU); along with Sidney Hillman, and John L. Lewis, are seen mingling with clothing workers. View of a steel mill from workers' residential street on a snowy day. Steel worker in a mill. Deckhand and an engine man aboard a merchant ship. Roustabouts and riggers at an oil well. Nonferris metal miner in rail car. Worker in tire factory. Electrical worker. Union leader speaking to group of workers carrying banner reading: "Shirt workers, Local 128 Allentown, Pennsylvania Joint Board." Labor organizers passing out leaflets to workers leaving a factory. Labor discussions with workers at lunch tables. Draftsman preparing labor organization signs calling for "Sanitary Conditions" and "Fair Play." Working women singing a union song. Union workers marching and carrying signs for various causes. Man riding a bicycle displaying sign:"Don't Scab." Car overloaded with people with sign: "Come To Lafollette Labor Rally Monday, July 5, 1937." ACWA workers of Local 95, Atlas Plant. UMWA members of Lafollette, Tennessee. Miners playing cards and playing musical instruments. Miners on strike below in mine for 5 days, cheer leader. Poster encouraging Americans to travel and visit in the USA. Police injure several persons during labor protests in San Francisco. U.S. Army soldiers arresting a civilian and throwing tear gas grenades.
The U.S. Presidential Yacht, USS Mayflower (PY-1), carrying Secretary of the Navy,Josephus Daniels, makes its way between U.S. warships in the Port of New York during the Naval Fleet Review on Christmas Day, 1918, at the end of World War 2. A 4-stacker destroyer is seen briefly, to port side of the Mayflower. Later she is seen passing New York City piers, along the shoreline. The scene shifts to the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38), with her crew lining the deck and an upper triple turret turned to port. Two launches head toward a gangplank on her portside. View from boat passing the USS Pennsylvania's bow and along her starboard side.
A film depicts an impressionistic study of Washington DC on a typical Depression day. Children swinging in a park. Pedestrians, men, women, and children and Shoppers and traffic on a busy Washington DC street. G.C. Murphy 5&10 cent store is seen, and a Forsythe Shoe Store a few doors down. Women in 1930s clothing and hats. A close up of a woman shopping. A cloth store. An old man seated in a flower shop. People buy vegetables from vegetable vendors on the side of a street. A woman walks with her child and gets into a bus. African American woman brushing the hair of young girl, seated in front of a wooden shack. Various African American citizens walking. Major excavation and construction site not far from the Washington Monument, with heavy equipment being used to prepare foundations for construction. The Washington Monument in the background. Shot of womens legs and feet as they board a double decker (two level) bus. Women ascending the interior stairs in the bus to get to the upper level. Point of view shot from moving double-decker bus as it drives on streets of Washington DC and enters a traffic circle with an equestrian statue in the center. A woman on the bus does her makeup. People seated inside the bus.
A documentary shows U.S. Army Major General Hugh L. Scott and U.S. Representative from Montana Scott Leavitt meeting Indian chieftains at Fort Browning in Montana to evolve methods of perpetuating the Indian sign language in 1930. The Indian chieftains seated in a Piegan council lodge for a council. The chief of the Upper Gros Venter tribe speaks using the Indian sign language. The chief of the Arapahoe tribe Tom White Horse also speaks in sign language. Rides Black Horse, the chief of the Assiniboine, uses sign language to explain what he is saying. General Scott translates the stories simultaneously.
Exterior view of Pan American Union Building in Washington DC, with a 1930s Packard four door sedan-limousine parked in front. A man entering the building. Jefferson Caffery, U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, seated in an office and reviewing paperwork. Narrator describes the creation of the Good Neighbor Fleet (where Moore-McCormack Lines, also called Mooremack, was contracted to run three ocean liners of the U.S. Maritime Commission between the USA and South America, called the Good Neighbor Fleet.) Close up picture of brochure advertising the new fleet, and picturing the three ships (The California, Virginia and Pennsylvania from the former Panama Pacific Line, with new names Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina.) Next scene shows 3 men meeting (this is possibly Moore-McCormack Lines founder Albert V. Moore, on right, seated at a table and in discussion, possibly with U.S. Maritime officials. Man on left is possibly Emmet McCormack.) Passengers aboard liner SS Brazil as it departs port. Crowd on docks wave at the ship leaving New York harbor. View from on board SS Brazil in New York Harbor as a nearby tug boat sprays water. Skyline and skyscrapers of New York City's Manhattan Island seen in background. Map of South America showing route of a Good Neighbor ship. Good Neighbor Fleet ships at a harbor in South America. U.S. State Department diplomats in South America beside one of the ships as fleet service is inaugurated. Exterior view of Pan American Union building and its sign in Washington DC (later called the building of the Organization of American States). President Ortiz of Argentina, President Alfredo Baldomir of Uruguay, and President Vargas of Brazil are shown in discussion with various officials.