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.
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.
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.