The White House past and the present. Aerial view of The White House in Washington DC in the late 1950s. Scene with 1950s cars parked and moving in parking areas and roads in front of the White House. Visitors walking on the White House grounds near the North Portico. View of a Birch tree planted by wife of President Calvin Coolidge and Magnolia trees by President Andrew Jackson. View of the south portico entrance and the north entrance of the White House. Plans and sketches of of The White House. Portraits of President John Adams and his wife Abigail Smith. Portrait of President Thomas Jefferson. Plan of the east and the west wing of The White House. Illustration of British attack on The White House. Portraits of President James Madison and his wife Alley. Portrait of President George Washington. Portrait of President James Monroe. Picture of President Abraham Lincoln. Footage of President Lincoln's study room, and his bedroom with its custom bed over 8 feet in length. Sketch of President Benjamin Harrison taking oath. Still images of ornate furnishings in the White House during Harrison's tenure. Still images of more simplified furnishings in the White House under Theodore Roosevelt. Picture of President Theodore Roosevelt with sons. Aerial view of the new west wing area enlarged for White House office use. Still photo of Theodore Roosevelt writing. Footage of President Woodrow Wilson signing a bill at his desk, with a crowd of officials standing by. Footage of United States Military officers and French General Ferdinand Foch and other French military officers entering the White House to meet with President Harding on October 29, 1921. (Foch was touring the U.S. and being officially thanked for his leadership in World War I.)
A documentary titled 'Boomtown DC', a part of 'This is America' series, compares Washington DC to an industrial boomtown where the big business is government. 1930's and 1940's cars parked along a tree-lined street in a Washington DC neighborhood with homes visible. A cat jumps down from a wall behind a neighborhood home, with the U.S. Capitol seen in the background. Scene changes to U.S. Capitol building exterior close up. Close up views of souvenir stand trinkets in Washington DC, including banners, snow globes, and postcards of buildings and monuments of the city. View on the National Mall in Washington DC toward the Lincoln Memorial, interrupted by temporary wartime elevated walkways erected between buildings of the rapidly expanding Navy Department on either side of the National Mall. Smoke stacks from the chimneys of a factory superimposed over various images of buildings in the city. A woman exiting a voting booth, followed by a man entering the same voting booth and closing the curtain. A US Army guard standing outside the White House. Exterior of the newly built Pentagon War Department building in Arlington Virginia. Sign "War Department" on the War Department building at 21st and Virginia Avenues. Exterior view of a Navy Department building, then exterior view of the Treasury Department building. Close up view of hands holding and flipping through a stack of IRS individual tax return documents, then of hands sorting through a stack of U.S. government bonds. View of the Justice Department, and then view of sign on the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Scientists in a laboratory operate various equipment and run tests. A scientist near some beakers and test tubes in the lab. Scientists look through microscopes. View of underground rifle range in the FBI building as personnel practice marksmanship. View toward shooters on the range during firing, and toward targets. US Army guard in front of the State Department building. Exterior view of the Department of Labor building and sign. View of the U.S. Office of War Information building (OWI) with sign "US Information" inscribed in large letters on the top of the building (possibly the "Temporary V Building" of the OWI?) Exterior view of the Supreme Court Building. View of Declaration of Independence document on display. Exerior view of U.S. Capitol, then view of House of Representatives in session. U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt seated at a desk signs a document. Citizens and workers walking on streets of Washington DC. Sopme people enter the Department of Agriculture building. Men and women enter the Office of War Information. Civilian and military hats being hung on a hat rack. Hand reaches for a 1940's era telephone. Women filing papers, views of filing cabinets. Close-up of 1940s era typewriters in use.
The White House in Washington DC. Exteriors of the White House. People stand near a fence and look inside. Women walk on a sidewalk. People walk on a sidewalk towards the White House. People enter the White House. Children walk on a sidewalk towards the White House. A child in a pram. Cars parked outside the White House. Entrance door of the White House. Stairs in the White House.
United States Army guards in Washington DC, on detail at the White House during World War 2. The army guards standing in front of the White House. They march as an officer instructs them. Secret Service personnel seen talking to a press reporter who is seeking entry to the White House grounds. The agents search the reporter's bag and then allow him to pass. US Army soldier guards the entrance of the White House and stops a man from entering a secure area.
Leaders of different nation meet U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House in Washington DC, United States. An honor guard at the White House. President of Czechoslovakia Edvard Benes arrives. U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull greets him. Benes greets President Roosevelt and his daughter in the White House. Benes talks to Roosevelt. Cars pull up at the White House. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Roosevelt seated in a car as they confer about World War II.
Welcome preparations for King Faisal ibn Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia in Washington DC. A man puts up flags of Saudi Arabia and the United States. Two men paste posters of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and King Faisal. A military band plays. Allied flags in the background. U.S. Marine honor guard on the south lawn of White House. View from inside a helicopter over the Ellipse, with White House visible, ahead. U.S. Army trumpeters line the balcony of White House and trumpet fanfare as King Faisal's car arrives at the White House. A drum roll sounds as he steps from his car. The King shakes hands with the President, who stands at edge of drive to personally greet him. The President escorts King Faisal along a red carpet to a stage on the south lawn of the White House. The military band plays. The soldiers salute. President Johnson speaks into a microphone and greets King Faisal with traditional greeting in Arabic. He then talks about U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia. People applaud after the welcome speech. King Faisal replies and expresses gratitude. Scenes of a welcoming parade in the streets of Washington, DC. A sign reads 'His Majesty King Faisal'. U.S. soldiers march and a band plays. People line sidewalks to see and to welcome the King. Military units parade. The King rides in a limousine with two Secret Service Agents standing on the rear of the car. He arrives at Blair House, directly across from the Old Executive Office Building and adjoining White House. . He is greeted an official from the City who presents him the "keys to the City."