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Decline in industry and jobs, and Stock Market crash leading up to Great Depression in the United States.

The film 'The Unfinished Revolution' depicts people recovering after the Great Depression in the United States. Most scenes circa 1929 - 1931, but film produced in 1967. The United States Capitol building with 1940s and 1950s cars and taxi cabs on roads in foreground. View of exterior of Supreme Court building. Closer view of U.S. Capitol and then of the White House in Washington DC. Also the Washington Monument. A herd of sheep and of cattle grazes on pastures. Cowboys on horseback herd cattle on a giant field with snow covered mountains in the background. Farmers work in a field picking cotton. View of Manhattan skyline including Empire State Building, with new skyscrapers in construction in the foreground. View of a street market in a New York neighborhood and a Ford sedan on the street. Busy New York streets filled with cars and pedestrians at end of 1920s. Children standing on fire escape in poor downtown area look down over suspended laundry lines between buildings. An officer looks out from small window of a raised booth traffic light as the lights on the booth change color. A Ford automobile assembly line. Engineers work in a factory with minimum wages. A farmer plows a field of potatoes using four horses. A wheat thresher working a field. Trains at a crossing, on a bridge, and coal cars lined up at a coal yard. Busy New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) floor filled with people around time of 1929 market collapse. Frenzied stock market scenes. Board outside a factory reads 'No Men Wanted'. Scenes of silent railroad yards and dormant factories. A man plays an accordian and collects coin donations. People wait in a queue and in a soup line or bread line. Unemployed and homeless men asleep in public areas.

Date: 1929
Duration: 4 min 7 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
View of the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, DC, with cars driving past

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. A 1931 Plymouth roadster is seen parked on the West side of the Lincoln Memorial. Several other automobiles drive past during the brief filming.

Date: 1933
Duration: 7 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Colonel Lindbergh awarded Legion of Honor.

Colonel Charles Augustus Lindbergh awarded Legion of Honor highest decoration of France by French ambassador Claudel. He is being made Commander in recognition of his memorable flight across Atlantic. 1931.

Date: 1931
Duration: 41 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: None
 
 
Japanese actions leading to 2nd Sino-Japanese war and attack on United States at Pearl Harbor in World War II

Japanese army officers examining foreign military equipment. A Japanese worker employing electric drill developed in a Western country. The Japanese freighter, Tatsuno Maru, loading scrap iron at a port in the United States. Other Japanese freighters loading coal and oil for shipment back to Japan. View of the Washington Naval Conference in Memorial Continental Hall, Washington, DC, held in 1921-22 and again in 1927 and 1930, to deal with several lingering issues. Glimpse of Japanese people holding flags while gathered near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Glimpse of Japanese army troops on parade. Japanese Navy warships at sea. A fleet of Japanese Mitsubishi G3M bombers and Nakajima Ki-27 pursuit planes, parked on an airfield. A loose formation of Ki-27s airborne. Animated map illustrates Japanese fortification of Mariana, Caroline, and Marshall islands in the Pacific. Animated map illustrating China's greater size and population vis-a-vis Japan. Animated map illustrating Japanese occupation of Manchuria in 1931. New York Times newspaper with headline "Japs Seize Manchuria" hovers over fires burning in Manchuria. Other newspaper headlines reporting on Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia; the Spanish civil war; surrender of Czechoslovakia; invasion of Poland; Nazi assaults on France, Belgium, and the Netherlands; the London Blitz; and Nazi advances against Russia on the Eastern Front. Fnally, a Boston Hearald extra edition headline reports: "Pearl Harbor Bombed." A still photograph of Japanese Baron Tanaka Giichi (on left) with two other dignitaries, circa 1929. Japanese infantry streaming into Manchuria and then celebrating as they walk into local town. A busy street in a Chinese city. Japanese soldiers in Manchuria escorting local prisoners along a street. Animated map illustrating Japananese warships surrounding harbor of Shanghai, China. View from a Japanese ship bombarding Shanghai. Smoke rising from shell striking on Shanghai waterfront. View from land of severely damaged buildings on a street, and a shell exploding in background, as Chinese defenders move to successfully repel the Japanese forces. New map illustrates subsequent Japanese move, annexing Jehol, from occupied Manchukuo, and Korea. Japanese troops entering a town in Jehol. Sun newspaper headline: "League Censures Japan." Chinese diplomat protesting at League of Nations. Japanese troops exiting railroad trains in Jehol. Aisin Gioro Puyi aka Henry Pu Yi, Kangde Emperor (Kang-te Emperor) of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo, is seen saluting Japanese troops on parade. Closeup of Puyi wearing shaded glasses, looking directly into the camera. chiang Kai-shek, with other Chinese officers. Reenactment of barbarian forces riding against China and thwarted by the Great Wall. Many Chinese walking in a long line along the Great Wall. Map tracing the Great Wall across China. Aerial view of the Great Wall from overflying airplane. Japanese troops marching through a city gate; infantry climbing a sheer cliff; and helmeted Japanese soldiers marching past civilians in a city. Map illustrated progress of Chinese unification by year 1937. Japanese officers conferring during occupation. Japanese troops leave a barracks, riding in open trucks. A line of the troop trucks moving along the dirt street of a town. The troops climb from their trucks in the town.

Date: 1941
Duration: 3 min 59 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Dirigible USS Akron during its first flight from Lakehurst, New Jersey to Washington DC.

First flight of the dirigible USS Akron from Lakehurst, New Jersey to Washington DC. Airship floats in air, U.S. navy symbol and Akron written on it. The cabin at the bottom of Akron. Buildings and Potomac River shoreline seen from it. Views as it flies over the National Mall, the White House, the Washington National Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Main Navy and Munitions Buildings, and several Potomac River Bridges including the Memorial Bridge. Empty land seen at Gravelly Point where National Airport was later built. Passengers in the dirigible looking out the windows at the sights below. Control room, navigation captain and crew members talk, including good views of the ship's captain, Lieutenant Commander Charles E. Rosendahl, U.S. Navy. A cook checks on roasts cooking in an oven. Airship flies directly over Washington Monument. Views of Union Station from the airship, and then views from directly over the U.S. Capitol. Many views of the airship in flight taken from an adjacent airship or plane. Views of another U.S. city on the east coast, and then views of the airship flying over Manhattan Island. New York skyscrapers and skyline seen from the airship.

Date: 1931, November 2
Duration: 10 min 52 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, many landmarks and activities of people in Washington DC in the 1930s.

A film titled 'Dawn Strikes the Capitol Dome' depicts an impressionistic study of Washington DC on a typical day during the Great Depression in the mid 1930s. The U.S. Capitol Building. The Washington Monument. Vehicles driven on a street. A man crossing a wide street of Washington DC. Policemen control the traffic. A woman runs on a street. A horse drawn carriage on the street and a sign reads 'Thompson Dairy'. A man gets down from the dairy carriage to deliver milk bottles. Traffic on the streets. A woman sweeps a house. A man breaks apart a large ice block into smaller chunks. A man waters a garden. A train arrives at Union Station, with closeup view from tracks as locomotive comes to a halt just in front of the camera position. A Pullman car porter places a Pullman step stool on the ground and passengers exit the train. People board a street car or trolley car with sign indicating it is bound for Chevy Chase Maryland. A man in shabby clothing, possibly unemployed jobless seated on a pathway; he stands and walks off. People exit a city bus when it comes to a stop. Construction of a wide sidewalk and men at work building the sidewalk path. Equestrian statue of Ulysses Grant riding Cincinnati on Capitol Hill. A saddle goods and leather shop with a statue of a horse in front of the store. Construction of a building underway, and a steam shovel at work excavating. A Washington street and buildings on either side of the street. A sign reads 'Right Turn Now'. A policeman directs traffic. Elevated views of car and streetcar or trolley traffic on the streets of Washington DC. Another policeman controls the traffic. Many 1930s era automobiles are seen. Point of view shot from inside a moving streetcar or trolley on roads of Washington DC; view of street car driver and passengers riding in the street car. Civilians ride bicycles. A large wheel tricycle leans against a tree in the background. Men attached to ropes work trimming tops of a tree. Sport equestrian riders ride horses on a large green area with the Lincoln Memorial in the background. A person tees off a golf ball on the National Mall. A sign reads 'Do Not Talk to Guard'. Men dive off diving boards in a swimming pool. Children play and splash in the waters of the Columbus Fountain sculpture at Union Station. A sail boat underway on the Potomac River. A woman holds a pet parrot bird on her finger and talks to it. A sign reds 'Please Give The Garden A Chance' as a man walks right beside it. A man lying on grass beside the Potomac River. Brief view of the Lieutenant General George Washington equestrian statue at Washington Circle.

Date: 1936
Duration: 4 min 1 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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