- Title: CF790
02:24:53 - 02:28:117
New Deal, rural electrification – 1934 (30 mins)
FDR. Small town southern states America. Tennessee. Pan across the building site of a cofferdam. Good construction scenes with heavy engineering gear of Norris Dam and nearby Norristown. Man blasts of soil and dirt with a high pressure water hose. TNT is used to clear a quarry, big explosions of rock. An Electric digger used to remove the large boulders. Stone crusher used to break up the larger rocks. Transportation of the stones up elevators and deposited into huge piles.
02:28:17 - 02:33:33
Huge concrete storage tower dumps fills up a vehicle. Heavy engineering scenes. Concrete deposited at Norrisdam. Eleanor Roosevelt visits the building of the dam. Mrs Roosevelt is elevated over the site in a cable car. Big ferro-concrete circular penstock sections in transit by road and in place. Shift workers finish for the day and swap with incoming construction workers.
02:33:33 - 02:38:11
Aerial view of Norristown. Norristown library, post office, single workers dormitory, cafeteria, food line in canteen, people eating, homes being built, cinder-block construction of rental homes, trade school. Apprentices learning carpentry and metalwork, sports day, sack race, polo, 100 yard dash.
02:38:11 - 02:43:06
Wheeler Dam construction site aerial view of dam, workers drilling bore holes, demolition men preparing dynamite charge. ‘Go easy there! That’s dynamite!’. Big explosion. Big diggers / JVCs start collecting the rubble and rocks immediately after the blast and taken away. GVs of a navigational lock. Cherry picker on a crane picks up rocks. Good gvs of cranes on a construction yard.
02:43:06 - 02:48:32
President Roosevelt arrives a construction site in an open top car to visit the TVA employees working in the Tennessee Valley. GVs of erosion in fields, gullies formed in the silt and earth - men building check dams to ease the spread of the gullies. Tractor marking out the boundaries of a terraced dam. Wilson Dam at Muscle Shoals. Image of Dam superimposed onto a map. Good aerial tracking shot of a dam across the Mississippi. Various shots of power plants and power conversion constructions. Steel girder power lines.
02:48:32 - 02:53:52
TVA Electricity for All written on the exterior of a building in Tupelo Mississippi - birthplace of Elvis Presley - GVs of the town, the main street, city hall, mayor and city clerk working in office. VS residential Tupelo. Electricity Sub-station sends out power across rural America. Men fixing and installing power lines. Man attaches an electricity meter on the wall.Woman using a well to lift water. Man milks a cow. Contrasting scenes of domestic culture - washing, cooking, ironing, getting milk, tidying then and now. Good shot of water cascading through a dam.
- Keywords:USA, THIRTIES, NEW DEAL, GREAT DEPRESSION, FORESTRY WORK, OFFICE WORK, ELECTRICITY, SMALL TOWN LIFE, BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION, CIVIL ENGINEERING, BIRTHPLACE OF ELVIS, ELVIS PRESLEY
- Master Title:CF790