This is an episode of the television program ‘Industry on Parade’ which ran from the 1950’s to the 1960’s. It was produced by the National Manufacturers Association (:16) and opens with the super shovel (:34). A large power shovel lifts topsoil from a city lot (:44). It stands over eight stories high (:49) with a dipper that carried 45 cubic yards of materials. It is pictured at the Hanna Coal Company in eastern Ohio (:56). It was manufactured by the Marion Power Shovel Company in Marion, Ohio (1:10). Electric shovels are assembled on the erection floor (2:20). The innovation of automatic washing machines and detergents removed the need for American’s to hand scrub their clothes (4:17). The Hi-lex company plant of St. Paul and of Denver (4:33) created detergents and bleaches. Hi-lex bottles are seen moving around a conveyor belt (4:54). Stronger detergents and bleaches were necessary with the introduction of synthetic fabrics such as nylon (5:26). Staff chemists worked on a powdered bleach for this purpose (8:32). A petroleum loading platform tank which had overflowed and caught fire (6:31) is seen being put out by firemen (6:39). Fires were intentionally set in the fireman’s training ground in Portland, Oregon to help educate the firefighters and industrial workers on fighting oil fires (6:50). The training ground was built by Oregon Petroleum Industries Committee (7:09). Margaret Rudkin and the beginnings of Pepperidge Farm’s are to be shown (10:10). This company got its start as a small business with Margaret making bread for families and friends and this rapidly expanded as large trucks are seen hauling flour to her Pepperidge Farm Bakery in Norwalk, Connecticut (10:30). Ingredients are incorporated (10:49), the dough is placed on the missing hook (11:38), and fresh loaves emerge from the oven (12:42). Plywood is manufactured at the US Plywood Corporation Plant in Anderson, California (14:42). Cores are cut down to manageable size (14:46) and fed into revolving blades which dice them into shavings (14:49). Shavings are welded together to form Nova Ply (16:45). Children’s small garments are manufactured at the Needham Heights, Mass. plant of the William Carter Company (18:22), now known as Carter’s. The smocking operation (18:46). At the Barnesville, Georgia Plant, garments are made with the company’s own knitting machines (19:06). President William H. Carter makes his rounds through the mill (20:08) with his brother Horace Carter (20:16). At the Chicago Post Office (20:38), mail bags are loaded into a bus for southern Illinois by the railway postal service. The fleets of buses which ran this mail, was operated by Gulf Mobile and Ohio Railway to extend rapid transportation to remote locations (20:50). The bus hits Joliet, Ohio (21:32), and the Elwood Illinois post office (21:56). A message from the industry shows Franklin National Bank (22:41) and discusses the rate of inflation which saw a dollar to be worth 52 cents (22:54). Cowboy boots are manufactured in Fort Worth, Texas at the H. J. Justin & Sons factory (23:26). Inside the plant, the decorative markings are placed on the leather (24:21), and wrinkles are removed (26:28), the heels are sanded down (26:49) and the finished products are seen pulled onto consumers feet (27:08). The Pratt & Whitney Aircraft plant in East Hartford, Connecticut is the worlds largest aircraft engine factory (28:14). Inside of the facility, the piston engine (28:43) is shown, used extensively in the Korean War. The piston powered B-36 was the only engine for planes capable of transporting the atom bomb (28:49). Overalls were the main uniform for industrial workers (31:40). The H D Lee & Company; known as Lee today, is pictured in Kansas City (31:45). Layers of denim are simultaneously (32:21), pockets are constructed (32:38) and buckles for the overall are added (33:23). The Brown Wales Company in Cambridge Massachusetts (33:56) cuts steel into various sizes for special needs of industry (34:07). The process of sourcing latex from latex plants in tropical areas for the manufacturing of natural rubber follows (36:48) as well as a synthetic rubber plant (36:45). Workers from the American Bible Society hand troops small copies of the bible (37:41). One of the many suppliers was the Plant of World Publishing Co. in Cleveland, Ohio (37:47). The printing of the books follows with the thin gold plating being added to the sides of the pages (39:17) as well as on the front cover (40:21). This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD, 2k and 4k. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
April 23, 2021 Subject:
I particularly enjoying seeing segment featuring the manufacturing of children's clothes, as my maternal grandmother worked in a clothing factory during the 1950s (albeit not children's clothes). I also enjoyed the segment featuring the manufacture of cowboy boots. Overall there are many fun segments in these three episodes.