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Work Progress Administration projects in West Virginia during the Great Depression.

Shows 'Closed' sign on gate of a factory during depression. Jobless men sitting idle on benches. A young man asks another man for some money. People with signs and banners on road including a sign "Unemployed, will take any job." Men going through trash. Men sleep in doorways. Men in soup kitchen lines and waiting for handouts. Manufacturing factory whistle blows and men are seen going to work. Smoke stacks working again at industrial area. Men shoveling field. Men and women entering a factory. Men in a pay line to receive pay at a factory. Smiling faces of people. A parent tossing a young boy into the air playfully. A young girl drinking milk. A man handing bags of food groceries to a happy wife. Pictures of bottles of milk and plates of breads. People enjoy a swimming pool. Children on a merry go round and on a see saw, as seen from point of view on the ride. A couple holding kids. A tall building under construction and surrounded in scaffolding. Construction of Tri-County airport at Clarksburg. Men working to build the runways. A plane taxis on a completed runway beside them. A man working to seal abandoned mines to prevent pollution of the water supply. Construction of a retaining wall is shown at Richwood Avenue in Morgantown West Virginia to prevent collapse of the roadway and homes above it. Construction shown of a hydro-therapeutic unit at Morris Memorial Hospital for crippled children, especially those suffering from infantile paralysis (polio). Children suffering from infantile paralysis in cots. Scene of construction of a new building at Marshall College (later Marshall University) in Huntington West Virginia, for an elementary training school. A new Gymnasium at Fairview High School is shown, and a new Assembly hall for the 4-H camp at Jacksons Mill. The new building for the Negro High School at Morgantown is shown. View of a wwimming pool, and people diving and swimming. Scene changes to a Sewing room, with many women working at sewing machines powered by foot pedals, and making garments for needy families. View of a Nursery school, and a small black child being bathed in a bath tub. Children playing in the yard of the nursery school.

Date: 1937
Duration: 3 min 25 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Laborers and projects of the Work Progress Administration in West Virginia during the Great Depression.

Men breaking rocks for road building in rural areas of the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia. Cars along road through rural area. A man stands in a horse pulled cart moving on a rural road. Post office at Helvetia, West Virginia, a small town where many citizens still practice traditions from their heritage in Switzerland. Old woman sitting churning butter outside farmhouse. Women with Swiss cheese. Tourists arrive in car at Seneca Rocks, and views of the large rock formations. A sweeping wide view of Germany Valley. Work of the Conservation Commission fish hatchery in Morgan County, as fish including bass are added. Young women feed deer for restocking of forests. A woman feeds a white tailed deer fawn with a bottle. A woman pets a white tail deer buck with antlers.

Date: 1937
Duration: 1 min 32 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
New bridge built in Petersburg and flood walls rebuilt by Work Progress Administration.

A raging flood in 1936 in West Virginia. Flood waters seen moving swiftly. WPA Workers during the Great Depression are seen building a new bridge at Petersburg West Virginia, spanning the South Branch of the Potomac River. Car crosses the bridge. New flood walls and dikes built by the WPA are shown, created to prevent recurrence of losses in future floods.

Date: 1937
Duration: 50 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Great flood of the Potomac River near Washington DC after heavy rains add to melting of ice and snow

The working of weather bureau in the United States. Snow covered shores of the Potomac River at Great Falls, west of Washington DC, following 15 inch snowfall in February 1936. Two people walking on a high snow covered bluff near the Great Falls. The frozen Potomac River, covered with ice. View of the Memorial Bridge spanning a totally frozen Potomac River, with the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument in the background. Views of the river carrying chunk of snow and ice as a thaw begins the breakup. Man photographs a woman next to a guard rail at the Potomac River, covered in chunks of thawing ice and snow. Frozen ice chunks flowing under the Memorial Bridge. Narrator describes flood beginning with heavy rainwall in Shenandoah River valley on March 17 and March 18, 1936. Scenes of Western Union Telegrams detailing reports of rain in the west from various towns in the Shenandoah foothills. One from Romney , West Virginia notes rainfall of 5 inches.

Date: 1936, March
Duration: 3 min 29 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Views of Japan and its militarism from 1937 through 1943 . Construction of B-29 bombers in the United States

Volcanic eruption and creation of island of Japan. Glimpse of map of Japan. Gardens and rivers. Two men demonstrate samurai sword techniques. Japanese soldiers advance through smoke carrying rising sun flag. Chinese suffering under Japanese military occupation. Two executed with rifles. Japanese soldiers waving weapons and red ball flags. A DC-3 aircraft flying over a Japanese Pagoda. Vies of Old Japan. Farmers at work. One manually turning a water pump with his feet. A man using a pole to propel a boat. Modern methods adopted in Japan for terraced farming. Japanese building railroads. Japanese modern locomotive on South Manchurian Railway. in 1934. A Japanese twin engine bomber taking off. The Japanese ocean liner, Asama Maru, in the 1930s. Glimpse of numerous ships in Tokyo harbor. Western style architecture in modern Tokyo buildings. Neon lights on the Grand Palace Hotel and other establishments in Tokyo. Industrial smoke stacks. Women at work in a silk factory. Finished product stamped "Made in Japan."Steel ingots being made in a Japanese steel mill using scrap iron imported from the U.S.A. Chinese victims of 2nd Sino-Japanese War. Japanese troops on parade. Fallen American Marines on shore of Tarawa Atoll in the Pacific in World War 2. Japanese high ranking officers reviewing troops on parade. Japanese warships underway. Troops parading beneath the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. American B-25 bombers on flight deck of the USS Hornet, headed to bomb Tokyo.A crew of Doolittle's Raiders standing by their plane. B-25 taking off from the Hornet. Formation of B-25s in flight. View from bomber of smoke rising from bombing of Tokyo below. Brigadier General Jimmie Doolittle pledging to repeat bombing of Tokyo. Supply train entering a Boeing Company defense plant. Workers being scrutinized as they enter the facility and punching in at a time clock. Poster in the plant picturing a B-29 bomber on a message in German describing it as an instrument for a "Destruction Battle against the Luftwaffe." Bold letters, above, in English read: "They're Promised-Let's Deliver 'em!" And, below, the words: "B-29, Super Bombers." Slabs of aluminum sheets fill a factory room. Overhead traveling cranes move them. Workers use heat and brakes to shape the aluminum sheets. Multiple views of the aluminum being machined and stamped to specifications. Wings being fabricated. Relatively unskilled labor using jigs to perform the work. Woman operating an overhead crane moving a wing in the plant. Views of plane parts moving across the ceiling via cranes. Women driving rivets into wings. Men and women employees working inside fuel fuel compartments of wings. A floor full of engine nacelles. A floor full of 2200 HP radial engines. A skeleton nose section being fabricated. Midsections and bomb bays being assembled. Workers crawling through the airframe during assembly. A woman working on a connecting tunnel. Sub-assemblies made by contractors arriving at the plant. More views of Boeing employees including young, old, men, and women, at work in the plant.

Date: 1944
Duration: 11 min 0 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
"By Request Department" shows scenes of soldiers' home towns for soldiers deployed overseas in World War 2; views of several American towns circa 1945.

Busy streets of the cities in the United States. A woman officer at a desk of Army-Navy Screen Magazine's "By Request Department" addresses U.S. soldiers overseas during World War 2, and says they will show views of various American home towns by request.. Busy intersection along Capitol Street in Charleston, West Virginia. 1930s automobiles on roads and American citizens walking on city streets. Next scene shows the main street of Wytheville, Virginia with cars, pedestrians, and shops. Next scene is of main street area in Fall River, Massachusetts. Buildings seen on either sides of the streets and buses at bus station depot. Next view is of Springfield Street, looking toward Market Street in the center of Newark, New Jersey. Main streets of Winslow Arizona, with citizens dressed in Western wear, and then a main intersection in Tucson, Arizona, where a paper boy sells newspapers on a street corner.

Date: 1945
Duration: 1 min 52 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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