People dig in the sand and take out chunks of a bad-smelling substance, they believe is ambergris (a valuable perfume base, worth about $100 an ounce). They hold chunks of the material in their hands and happily pose for pictures on the beach and in their homes. (Note: although initially identified by a laboratory, as ambergris, the substance was soon determined not to be. Rather, it was found to be some sort of waste material, and was identified as waste from offshore shipping, by the Marin County Department of Public Works. New York experts described it as a vegetable substance, and other suggestions were made. But all authorities agreed it was not ambergris. Thus, the excitement quickly waned and life in Bolinas Beach returned to normal within a month.)
Ted Allen, a record-holder in horseshoe pitching, demonstrates amazing skill in Long Beach, California, United States. Ted Allen, wearing a bowtie, holds horseshoes. Spectators gathered around the enclosure watch. He demonstrates several fancy and dangerous stunt shots in horseshoe pitching. Among them: He places horseshoes perfectly while his assistant's face is right next to the target stake. He knocks the end of a pipe from his attendant's mouth with a horseshoe, while the pipe stem stays intact. He lights a pack of matches resting against the stake by throwing a horseshoe precisely to scrape the matches against the metal stake.
U.S. Marine amphibious assault training during World War II. jeep on the beach at Camp Pendleton. Dunes on the beach are marked in places with large signs of various kinds. landing craft partially ashore. One is adrift in the surf. A vehicle flying some sort of exercise flag goes down the beach and stops near a group of marines and some boxes in the surf. View from stern of a landing craft underway. Two Navy Grumman TBF aircraft buzz the beach. Landing craft maneuvering near the beach. A vehicle being lowered from attack transport ship into a landing craft. Several transport ships and a Navy dirigible are seen out from the beach. F6F aircraft buzz the transport from which film is shot. A landing craft approaching the beach. View forward from landing craft as a jeep with two occupants leaves and drives through the surf.
Preparations made for participants and visitors to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. An aircraft in flight. Automobile traffic on road. Skyscrapers of Los Angeles. A crowded sidewalk. Cars parked in a parking lot. The air hostess announces to people aboard aircraft. Sketches of the famous personalities of Los Angeles. A trailer truck being driven off in the foreground. Traffic on fly overs. Houses in the city. Palm trees on a beach area. Cars parked in front of shops. People at a market place. A boy dances in a toprock breakdancing style. People watch the boy dance. People dance wearing skates. A woman dances. A man plays piano in an open ocean front market. A man performs a stunt and weightlifters workout lifting heavy weights at Venice Beach. Boys play racket sports. People ride bicycles and skate on a beach. An aircraft in flight and the airplane preparing to land at Los Angeles International Airport. People gathered at the 1932 Olympics watching runners leap hurdles in a race. Seats in stadium at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Entrance of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum . A man plays bugle. People in a stadium watch the horse race. Exteriors of the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Brief view of people crowded at Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, near the Owl Drug store, during a general strike. The San Francisco City Hall is seen across the street. Crowds mill about in various areas of the city (This strike, in July 1934, grew out of a Seamen's and Longshoremen's strike and was soon joined by other labor organizations.) Vehicular traffic making its way with difficulty through the crowds on the street. Vigilantes with clubs keeping people away from side street where business owners cars are parked. Silhouette of California National Guard troops manning machine guns. Rioters gather on a road. Policemen or vigilante officers with rifles and gas canisters disperse crowd. Men run on the streets as policemen scatter the crowd. A sign for "H.A. Hopkins & Co" in background. Lamp lights and buildings on the street.
Riots and strikes on streets in San Francisco, California. Strikers of Maritime Union on street. Strikebreakers and strikers start a riot in the street. Several men are hit by strike breakers, with clubs. and are beaten. A man sits with blood streaming down his face. A man sits near him. Men grab a man and push him along the street. Policemen fire tear gas into crowd. Mounted policemen push back the huge crowd. Soldiers with bayoneted rifles push back strikers. Strikers of the International Seamen's Union (I.S.U.) on picket line. Signs for Ship's masters, mates, and Pilots on strike, Men smash windows. Final scenes show unrelated labor strife, elsewhere, with United States soldiers standing guard near railroad tracks at entrance to a coal mine.