Men load a DC-3 airplane with mail bags. Transport truck brings more mail. 1918 Map of United States connects New York with Washington. 1923, 1928, 1933 and 1938 maps show further connections: Chicago, Salt Lake, San Francisco and other destinations. Men load mail bags on a plane. The DC-3 plane takes off. Dirigible in background.
Vice President John Nance garner tries on different hats for spring in Washington DC. Various hats in round boxes lie on table. President's Wife Ettie helps him out to choose the right hat April 1938.
Statue of Lincoln sitting on a chair in Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC, United States. Memorial Day parade including "The Boys in Blue", Union soldiers,veterans of the Civil War, in uniform, followed by Boy Scouts. Setting changes to Gettysburg battle field in Gettsyburg, Pennsylvania at the 1938 Gettysburg Reunion, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the battle in the American Civil War. Surviving Union and Confederate veterans reach across stone wall known as "the angle" to shake hands (average age 94 years old). Civil war veterans salute at the unveiling of the Peace Memorial monument, near a cannon. A Civil War Union soldier places flowers on a bed in the room where Abraham Lincoln wrote his famous 'Gettysburg Address'. He salutes and looks at a copy of Lincoln's handwritten speech, displayed on the wall. Civil War veterans sit around a camp fire, some in wheelchairs. One of them waves a Confederate Battle flag.
U.S. mail trucks delivering many bags of mail to the White House, Washington, DC, on the occasion of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Birthday, January 30, 1940. Inside, stacks of letters are seen and women sort through them and empty coins from many of them. (These are contributions to the March of Dimes Campaign to fight Polio, instituted by President Roosevelt in 1938.) A huge birthday cake is also seen and men shown carrying it into the White House. Camera focuses again on the stacks of letters and coins. Several open letters contain dollar bills, as well. Mail carriers continue to bring in and empty mail bags.
The involvement of the American soldier in the history and growth of the United States from early 1900s until roughly 1938 before World War 2. Scenes of Washington DC and Mount Rainier. Two Confederate and one Union Uniformed veterans of the Civil War walk together in the Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia. U.S. Soldiers marching during World War I. U.S Cavalry riding in parade during World War I. Views of cities and towns in which U.S. Army posts were established, in the United States. Army troops and cavalry creating trails and paths, and eventually railroads, in wilderness areas of the United States. View of the Presidio Army Base and the Golden Gate Bridge, California. Subtle references to U.S. Army accomplishments, curbing Mississippi River floods (Corps of Engineers) and conquering Yellow Fever (Army Doctor Walter Reed) with views of: point of view shot from moving railroad train in a Colorado canyon; a side wheeler River boat on the Mississippi River; a sugar cane field in Cuba. View of locks in the Panama Canal. Statue of World War I soldiers
Shows William White, a clerk in Treasury department with his wife and 17 children in Washington. White's wife exits car with infant in her arms followed by the other 16 children .The family lines up and poses for the camera with the Capitol Building in the background. January 1938.