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keywords: 1940 democratic national convention, republican candidate wendell willkie, wildfire service, smokejumpers, war refugees, ocean liner ss washington

Synopsis: 1940 Democratic National Convention, History Of Smokejumpers - Missoula Montana, 1,787 European Refugees From War Arrive In New York City...(read more)

  • Date: 1940
  • Duration: 00:05:07
  • Sound: Yes
  • Color: Monochrome
  • Type: Public Domain
  • Language: English
  • Location: United States

Newsreels 1940 July 15

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1940 Democratic National Convention

1940 Democratic National Convention. Democrat Party leaders and delegates arrive in Chicago by train for the job of "picking" a presidential candidate. With F.D.R.'s name heading the list, the Democratic vice-presidential band-wagon overflows with "favorite sons".

Democrats back Wendell Willkie (a former Democrat turned Republican) nomination. Several influential Democrats back Guy Warren, whose "Willkie for President" campaign is one of the novelties of the convention!

Postmaster General James "Jim" Farley calls the convention to order (audio)! Speaker Bankhead delivers the keynote address (audio).

The Republican presidential candidate, Wendell Willkie, is cheered by thousands as he arrives in Denver, Colorado for a vacation. He attends an old-fashioned barbecue as a guest of Gov. Ralph Carr and his appetite is "A-1" as he prepares to begin his campaign.

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History Of Smokejumpers - Missoula Montana

History of Smokejumping, first practical use of Smokejumpers by the U.S. Forest Service to fight forest fires. Forest fire-fighters (smokejumper) are dropped by parachute. Brief aerial view of Montana forest fire. Shows firefighter being "suited-up" for jump into fire zone. Shows single engine plane taking off from remote Montana airstrip. View of firefighter smokejumper jumping from plane and landing in fire zone. CU scenes of firefighter with ax fighting forest fire. CU scenes of forest fire. Fire fighters from the sky, the modern way to fight forest fires in 1940!

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1,787 European Refugees From War Arrive In New York City

Fleeing the planned invasion of Britain by Nazi Germany, 1787 refugees arrive in New York City. It's the last scheduled trip for the ocean liner SS Washington and Americans who didn't catch the boat may be caught in the long awaited German "blitzkrieg" against England and the Luftwaffe attacks on Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Brief image of the SS Washington with "American Flags, Washington, United States Lines" painted on sides of ship. Various scenes of passengers on-board, CU of baby in bassinet.

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