“Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business. Hundreds of companies and products were documented during the program’s decade-long run.”
This film is a collection of three 1952 episodes from the series (episodes 110, 102, and 99). Episode 110 begins with a look at the Donora, PA (00:39) and its steel factory owned by the U.S. Steel Corporation (01:24), where waste is reprocessed into usable material. A pump moves gas-contaminated water (01:58). Flames melt down the collected iron from the cleaning process (02:43). There are more shots of the town’s streets, shops, a football team, and a bagpipe group marching in a parade. The next segment takes viewers to the Porter-Cable Company’s New York factory (05:17) where men build various tools. A man puts together a portable saw. A woman adds the motor to the saw body (06:15). A contractor on a jobsite uses a Porter-Cable circular saw. Next, viewers go to Kansas City to see the industrial research center for Midwestern Research Corporation (08:22). Here, scientists work in laboratories, conducting research with beakers, scales, and fluidizers (09:16). A man looks at an x-ray (09:44), while another man works with a spectrograph. The following segment features the manufacturing and test flying of helicopters at the American Helicopter Company in Manhattan Beach. A man climbs into an XA-6 (11:29). At the company’s plant, employees design and build helicopters. A man tests a part used for the aircraft (12:24). Another employee tests a jet engine at the company’s plant in Mesa, AZ (12:44). A man climbs into an XH-26, then takes off and flies around.
In the second episode, no. 102, viewers learn about the television network relay system that uses the Bell System. At a New York City studio, a ballet is being filmed and broadcast (15:00). Men in the production control room direct cameras and lights. The episode then shows a telephone communications building (15:40) where the broadcast is sent through the Bell System via coaxial cable. The next segment covers the manufacture of rubber belts at the Gates Rubber Company in Denver, CO (19:15). Natural rubber is put in a mixer and blended. The blended rubber mix is moved along to a coating machine (19:50). Cords are treated with adhesives before coated with rubber. A man builds a tire with several plies of rubber (20:25). The episode shows V-belts being manufactured and a shot of the factory. The next segment begins with a grandmother and her granddaughter pushing strollers down a sidewalk (21:48). Employees of the Welsh Baby Carriage Manufacturing Company in St. Louis build strollers (22:12). Women cover metal frames with cloth for the basket. A man assembles a carriage (23:12). People pack the collapsed strollers in boxes for shipping. The final segment of episode 102 shows several young women looking at wedding rings at a jewelry store (24:42). A woman sketches a ring design at J.R. Wood and Sons Company in New York. Metals are placed in a crucible with gold and melted down (25:17); a bar of the gold alloy is compressed and is put through a flanking machine, which stamps out circles of gold alloy.
In the final episode of this set, viewers see how sleeper cars are serviced in Chicago, IL. A man cleans the inside of a Pullman sleeping car (29:00). At the Pullman Coach Company’s testing laboratory building (29:42), a man puts samples of sheets in a tensile-testing machine (30:30). Back on a Pullman sleeping car, a porter unpacks clean sheets and towels (31:07). A female passenger boards the train (31:46) and is escorted by a porter to her car, where he explains the lights and temperature controls. In the next segment, a man poses with boxing gloves and headgear (33:55). At the Everlast Sporting Goods plant in New York City (34:15), viewers see a woman as she sews seams into material used for making gloves. A man shapes the sewn glove (35:03); women stuff material into the gloves and weigh them. Finished gloves are boxed for shipping. Women dance on the set of a television studio (36:32). At the production campus of the Alexander Film Company in Colorado Springs (36:45), viewers see the inside of the control room of a set. For animated commercials, men transfer drawings to film using an optical printer (27:49). The final segment features young women from Florida working on a tobacco farm near Melrose, CT (38:56). The teenagers harvest tobacco leaves in the field. A truck hauls the harvested leaves to a barn, where more of the young workers loop tobacco onto sticks and hand them up to a man who hangs the tobacco up to dry.
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May 23, 2021 Subject:
I like it
A fun set of three episodes. I particularly enjoyed seeing the segment on Pullman trains, the segment on the production of TV commercials, and the segment about the town Donora.
I enjoyed watching this series typically with dinner each night, although I've now watched all of the episodes uploaded to this collection (about 71 or so). I hope additional episodes get uploaded in the future.