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Washington DC USA 1967 stock footage and images

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World War 2 commuters in Washington DC; views of new Pentagon War Department Building and DC security personnel

A documentary depicts activities of U.S. Department of War workers in the United States during World War 2. Scenes of various 1940's clocks on bedside tables. War department workers wake up with the alarms. They get ready for work. Cars passing on the streets of Washington DC. Buildings along the sides of the street. People lined up waiting for public conveyance. A bus arrives. Bus and car traffic on the "Highway Bridge" over the Potomac River toward Arlington Virginia. (The Highway Bridge, a swing-span through-truss bridge, was part of the 14th Street Bridge complex over the years. It was eventually replaced by the George Mason Memorial Bridge, and in 1967 the Highway Bridge was removed and taken to the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren Virginia, to be used for bombing practice). View of the newly built Pentagon War Department building in Arlington Virginia, and views of large parking lots at the Pentagon filled with cars. Workers walking inside the Pentagon building corridors. A line of women seated and working at telephone switchboards in the Pentagon, and consulting an updated telephone directory. A sign at the door of a room reads 'Security Office, Identification Section'. A woman goes inside. Woman named 'Phyllis Hood' gets her identification card and finger prints for her identification in the office. She is seen taking an oath. Hood working at her desk. She files statistical reports. Exteriors of various Washington DC buildings being guarded by United States Army personnel for the Military District of Washington during World War II. A covered anti-aircraft gun installation in Washington DC is shown opening as US Army soldiers take up positions to use the artillery during practice drills. A guard standing outside the White House building.

Date: 1943
Duration: 3 min 14 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Montage of U.S. scenes covering various parts of the nation

Opening scene shows a wheat field in the United States. White hot molten metal collected in ladles as a furnace is tapped. Sandstone buttes the Navajo Nation's Monument Valley Park. Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, looking North from the Art Institute. A white church in a suburban setting. The Japanese cherry trees in bloom along the Tidal Basin in Washington,DC. A major river and an old fashioned stern wheeler River Boat cruising on it. A street scene in New Orleans, Louisiana. A roadway in Florida. A fishing village scene in New England. A formation of oil well pumps operating out West. Cowboys herding cattle. View of the Statue of Liberty with dramatic sunset behind it. Two U.S. Marines conversing as they look at the Manhattan skyline in New York City. Aerial view of the skyscrapers on Manhattan Island. View of Times Square in Manhattan, with the Astor Hotel visible (It was razed in 1967). Police officer directing traffic at an intersection. Two Marines walking past the United Nations Building in Manhattan, New York City. View of the General Assembly Building and construction site of the The Dag Hammarskjöld Library Building being added in front of it. Camera pans upward showing Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Camera pans the U.S. Capitol building, followed by the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Washington Monument (viewed from steps of the Lincoln Memorial across the reflecting pool, in Washington, DC. A Marine color guard marches across the lawn in front of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) in Arlington Ridge Park Virginia, as the Marine Band marches and plays. Closeup of the Memorial with American flag flying above it.

Date: 1961
Duration: 2 min 38 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
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
 
 
American economy strengthens after the Great Depression in the United States; growth and prosperity and civil rights reform.

Chronicles recovery in America after the Great Depression in the United States, from roughly 1933-1967, but with emphasis on the earlier years of that period. Pre-war work programs such as the Works Progress Administration (WPA) help with employment. Farmers work in their fields with tractors. Officials in an office discuss and prepare graphs. Workers drill and work at a construction site. The 1933 Homeowners Loan Corporation sparks new home building. View of new homes being built and new suburban neighborhoods. Brief scene of bombing at Pearl Harbor. American warships launching from shipyards during World War II. Women war production workers work in factories in the United States. Post-war Marshall Plan aid being sent to European countries. Crates of supplies marked for European countries. Industrial output booming again, and scenes of industrial factories and plants with smoke pouring from chimneys and pollution from stacks. Reforms for housing projects, Civil Rights and measures taken to stabilize unemployment, with scenes of successive Presidents signing reform bills, including Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy. A ship departs from a harbor with goods. A convoy of vehicles on a road. Various Federal buildings in Washington DC. Large room filled with female typists and clerical workers busy at work. Close up views of women operating typewriters. The White House building. An aerial view of an American town and of a factory with pollution smoke emitting from stacks. Letters being delivered to elderly women. People enter a medical clinic and wait in the clinic waiting room. A white and a black man share a sandwich and views of white and black people together in integrated classrooms and factories as segregation begins to wane. Elementary school children in a classroom drawing pictures.

Date: 1940
Duration: 4 min 15 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Fort Marcy wins the Washington DC International Horse race in Washington DC, United States.

Washington DC International Horse race in Washington DC, United States. Horses running on turf ground. Spectators applaud and cheer during the race. 'Fort Marcy' wins the derby winning over 'Damascus'.

Date: 1967, November 14
Duration: 55 sec
Sound: Yes
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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