In the beginning of the 20th century, it would have been a common sight on significant birthdays, Decoration Day, which later became Memorial Day or really any celebration to see Confederate vets parading down Monument Ave in Richmond, VA, but the footage below is from an 1918 Liberty Bond Drive with the US Military.
The Federal Reserve, established in Nov 1914, issued Liberty Bonds to fund WWI.1 WWI Liberty Bonds were issued Apr 24, 1917, Oct 1, 1917, Apr 5, 1918, and Sep 28, 1918.1 The first issue raised $5 billion. Eventually they raised more then $15 billion and financed 2/3 of the war expenditures.2 The film is tagged as 1918 so I assume this is from the Sept release of bonds because the trees are lacking leaves. The war ended in Nov of 1918.
The first scene looks like Broad St. Not to be left out of any festivities in Richmond, the next scene is a group of Confederate Veterans waiving their canes at the parade on the median of Monument Ave a block east of the Lee monument. The VA State Capitol comes next with some great tank looking things in the shadow of The George Washington Equestrian Statue. If you can locate the last scene with the trucks or can identify a more specific location of the Broad St scene, please let me know.
2. Woodrow Willson byJohn Cooper