A female Air Force service member walks up to a IBM Card Sorter with a stack of punch cards. She loads the card sorting machine and presses the start button. Early computing punch cards fall into various slots. She transcribes information from these cards and hands forms to officer at a desk. Sergeant sitting at desk, talks to an Airman. View of U.S. Capitol building and Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Tourists look at Lincoln statue in LIncoln Memorial. View of National Mall and reflecting pool. Man takes picture of woman with Washington Monument in the background. View of the Jefferson Memorial, and then across the river in Arlington Virginia, a view of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Airman stands in front of church. Close up views of 1953 license plates on cars from various states including California, Wyoming, Iowa, Texas, Tennessee, and the Canal Zone. View of various embassy buildings in Washington DC. View of the White House. Large crowd of visitors walk down the North entrance drive in front of the White House. U.S. military servicemen riding in a bus. Bus stops at drop off area in front of Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, in Alexandria, Virginia. Sign board reads "Mount Vernon Home of George Washington." Service members touring on grounds of Mount Vernon, and exterior views of front of main house at Mount Vernon, with service members seated on chair on porch, and looking out at the scenic Potomac River from the porch. View of information center building at Bolling Air Force Base, and a woman inside giving information on sight-seeing to service members. Military service members standing outside the entrance at the base of the Washington Monument. Wide view of Supreme Court building. Another sign board reads "National Zoological Park" in front of the National Zoo. Tourists view a giraffe inside the Washington Zoo. 1950s car drives through shallow water cascading over road in Rock Creek Parkway area. Elevated view of a parade in Washington DC as military units pass in review.
Montage of Americana spanning parts of the 1950s and 1960s. Science and technology in the United States. Scientists work in laboratories and conduct various experiments. Scientists look into microscopes and treat patients with scientific medical equipment. People relax at a beach and amusement park. People watch a baseball game. Spectators from behind the fences watch bucking horses in a rodeo. Playing golf. Ten pin bowling. Motorboats race in water. Water skiing. View at a football game, horse race, basketball game, and Joe Louis boxing. Ice skating with sails. Swimming pool and high dive. 1940s fashion scenes: Juke box; Pegged pants; bobby sox;saddle shoes and dancing to an orchestra. People Square dancing, fishing, throwing horse shoes, playing shuffle board and lunching in backyard. Americans enjoying parks with lakes, swimmers, boaters and lots of park benches, where they sit and relax. Contrasting scenes of poverty in America: poor tenement and slum housing; bread line food relief for the poor; criminals being apprehended by police in paddy wagons; African American and some white American people demonstrate by the reflecting pool near Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, DC, during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Demonstrators holding signs protesting racism, low wages, and poor housing; and advocating civil rights. Travel by Americans: People boarding an Air France airplane, airport scenes and people boarding a Pan Am (Pan American) passenger jet airplane. Ground level shot between art deco sleek passenger railroad trains in motion. People unload luggage from parked passenger bus. Aerial views of American highways with traffic and lots of mostly 1950s era cars and trucks. View of RV trailer park or camping area. Scene from moving car of undeveloped land and then of city at night with many neon signs for hotels, motels, food, and businesses. Vintage American suburban scenes of families tending their neighborhood yards,cutting their lawns, and raking leaves.
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.)
Americans listen to a chamber string quartet playing music on stage. Vintage views of various famous American cities in the 1950s. Sweeping wide views of American wilderness with mountains in distant background. Elevated view of a river in America. A railroad marshaling yard with skyline of Chicago Illinois in the distance. Close view of two railroad trains passing in opposite directions in downtown Chicago with skyscraper in background. A city street in downtown Detroit Michigan with 1950s cars on the road. View of the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis Minnesota and the city skyline in background. View of Saint Paul Minnesota with river, bridge, and some nearby factories. View of Saint Louis Missouri as seen from an anchored position on the Mississippi River. The city skyline of New Orleans from a distance. View of Pittsburgh skyline with the West End Bridge over the Ohio River in the foreground. People walk on the grounds of Liberty Island in New York, with the Statue of Liberty seen towering above. Aerial view of New York city's skyline, skyscrapers and New York harbor. Camera view panning from ground to top of Empire State Building in Manhattan. Aerial view of Washington DC and Potomac River. Ground view of Jefferson Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol seen together. Steps of Lincoln Memorial and view of statue of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln inside the memorial. An eastern American mountain view, witha lake or river in the foreground. View of Half Dome peak in Yosemite National Park seen from a moving vehicle. Elevated view of a dense forest in the western United States. Pacific coast scene of surf washing onto rocks in a rocky area with nearby cliffs and mountains.
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.
Factory whistle blows and men entering a factory. Car chassis factory assembly line. Locomotive engineer blows train whistle and locomotive with cultivators on a flat bed car. Cultivators harvesting grain. Woman carries groceries from shop to a 1950's sedan car parked on street. View of 1950's automobile highway traffic and aerial view of highway. Eisenhower inauguration. In his speech, Eisenhower emphasizes that, "we stand ready to engage with any and all others in joint efforts to remove the causes of mutual fear and distrust among nations..." Newspaper headline 'Korean Truce Signed'. American troops disembark ship and greet family. Secretary of State Dulles with Churchill. Eisenhower and Churchill at Geneva conference, along with Kruschev. Eisenhower speaks before United Nations about efforts to form an "atom pool." He notes United States "determination to help solve the fearful atomic dilemma...." Newspaper headlines 'Eisenhower Signs Sea Way Bill'. Construction of Saint Lawrence Seaway. 'Budget' and 'tax cuts' news in newspapers, including headline, "White House ends all wage controls...." Farmer plows field with tractor. Construction of new buildings and highway system through Eisenhower programs. Views of the newly established Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Workers filing cards in giant room of file drawers and cabinets. Nurse draws vaccine into syringe. Children are vaccinated. President Eisenhower meets leaders from different countries at White House, including England's Queen Mother and King Paul, Queen Frederica of Greece, and Prime Minister St-Laurent of Canada. Eisenhower at press conference discussing disarmament notes importance of the "elimination of opportunity of surprise attack." View of fff shore towers and listening platforms and missiles to protect America from attacks. Nautilus submarine launched. Plane taking off from aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV-59). Formation of Northrop F-89 Scorpions in flight.