From the Ford Motor Company produced film, "Scenes From the World of Tomorrow" documenting the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York City. View of buildings of the New York World's Fair of 1940. The Brooklyn Bridge. Aerial view of Manhattan Island, New York City. Skyscrapers of New York City including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. New York Harbor and ships in the harbor. View of the buildings of the New York Worlds Fair in the distance in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as seen from high in a skyscraper of New York City. The Fair's Trylon and Perisphere stand out. People walk along the sides of fountains and waterways at the fair. Crowds milling about, bands marching, dancers performing. Flags of many nations flying on the flag poles. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of George Washington, as the first President of the United States and a statue of George Washington. A bus moves on the street. Fountains and a small bridge near a waterway. Pavilions of nations of England, Japan, and Italy. The USA building and some of the buildings of U.S. States including Maine and Florida. Fountains and waterways of the fair. Woman and two girls eat ice cream cones. A Raymond Loewy - designed S1 experimental streamlined locomotive created for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Pavilions of American Telephone & Telegraph and of United States Steel Corporation, also of Westinghouse, Goodrich, Chrysler, and General Motors.
The funeral of Philip Kerr, the 11th Marquess of Lothian, and British Ambassador to the United States, from 1939 until his death in 1940. Spectators stand on the sidewalk across from the British Embassy in Washington, DC. British flag flying over the Embassy. Leaving the front gates of the Embassy is a coffin draped with the British flag resting on a caisson, drawn by a team of matched white horses. High-ranking British military officers walk behind followed by civilian mourners. A squad of cavalry on horseback escort the funeral procession. View of the Washington National Cathedral, still under construction, with derrick and scaffolding visible. A crucifer heads about 30 clergy in white robes, leading the funeral cortege up the front steps of the Washington National Cathedral. Military pallbearers in uniform carry the coffin up the steps. U.S. first lady, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt arrives and steps from a black limousine. Brief view inside the Cathedral sanctuary. Pallbearers carry the coffin down the steps. Official mourners follow. A large group of mourners stand on upper steps of Cathedral as the immediate funeral party departs.
Audience enters the Town Hall in New York to hear a recital by Marian Anderson on December 30, 1935. Curtains are opened. Marian Anderson stands beside a pianist on the stage. Audience applauds. She sings while the pianist plays. Marian Anderson bows to the audience. Curtains are closed. Two assistants help Marian sit in a chair because she has been performing with a broken ankle. View of the streets in the District of South Philadelphia., Marian's native hometown. Marian's mother Mrs Anna Anderson at her home. Shots of members of the Union Baptist Church passing an offering plate to raise money to aid Marian Anderson. Marian Anderson talks with manager Sol Hurok in dressing room. Marian Sings during another concert. Crowd applauds as she finishes. View of the New York Times showing name of Marian Anderson in the roster list of great American artists. Montage shows Marian's concerts cards, awards received by Marian from city foundations, the Philadelphia Bach Award of 10,000 dollars in 1941. Marian performs outside at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, USA on Easter Sunday April 9, 1939. Thousands in attendance at the concert as she sings My Country Tis of Thee.
Americans express their views about United States entering into World War II after the Pearl Harbor attack. Isolationist and interventionist views are presented. Senator Gerald P. Nye advocates in favor of an arms embargo. Urging against American involvement in war, Senator Burton K. Wheeler cautions that war mongers and interventioners control most of the avenues of propaganda. Wendell Willkie speaks advocating unity of purpose in America and importance of assisting the threatened democracies of Europe with war materiel and supplies. Next, Senator Joshua B. Lee of Oklahoma strongly urges support for lend-lease and "setting in motion an industrial blitzkrieg (of war materiel) that will make it possible for England to blast Hitlarism from the face of the earth." View of Congress meeting in the U.S. Capitol chamber. Anti-war college aged students protests against involvement in war and picket at the White House in Washington D.C.,United States. Adjacent to them are other protestors picketing against the peace advocates, with signs like "Americans are against subversive organizations picketing the White House" and "We Americans protest Communists picketing the White House. A women's organization advocating peace or protectionism or isolationism is seen wearing all black. They pull down black veils over their faces in a show of unity against war and the possible loss of American boys to war. An outdoor rally of a fascist organization meeting in America. Also scenes from a German American Bund meeting in 1939 in New York's Madison Square Garden. Speaker at the meeting is Fritz Julius Kuhn who watches as a protestor leaps on the stage and is subdued by guards. Scenes shown from various other protests in the United States during the same era, including labor strikes and lockouts, and a group holding a rally in favor of equal rights or civil rights, with a woman holding a sign "Did Lincoln Free the Slaves?"
Capitol Building and Lincoln Memorial at Washington D.C. U.S. Military Academy cadets marching at West Point. Scene then blends to close up of U.S. Army troops marching, wearing helmets and shouldering rifles with fixed bayonets, in World War I . Scene then blends again to U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen marching at Annapolis. Visitors walking the grounds of Mount Vernon. Statue of George Washington at 1939 New York Worlds Fair. Re-enactment of the Crossing of the Delaware. Lincoln's Statue at the Lincoln Memorial . An actor portrays Lincoln in a theatrical film. A view of a New York City victory parade for American soldiers returning World War I in February 1919.
The New York world's fair of 1939-1940. View of Manhattan, George Washington bridge. Aerial views of buildings and other skyscrapers of New York City. People gather on the fairgrounds. People outside various buildings. Exhibitions, bands, dances, statues and flags at the fair grounds. Statue of George Washington. The United States Government building and different state buildings in view. Woman and two girls seated on a bench as they eat ice-cream cones.