Five Hot air balloons preparing for a race from Catalina Island, to the mainland, California. Views of gas tanks and flames that create the hot air for the balloons. Participant, Barbara R. Keith,a 42 year old grandmother, from Hartford, Connecticut, seen wearing an inflatable life jacket and donning her helmet. She boards her balloon and tucks her goodluck mascot (a stuffed toy dog) into the gondola. she is seen rising in her balloon. Brief view of the ground and sightseers from a balloon about 50 feet in the air. Famed balloonist, Donald Louis Piccard, is seen igniting his heater and leaving the ground aboard his balloon. (Note: This was an ill fated venture. Only one balloonist successfully reached the mainland, California. The rest had to be rescued from the water. Mrs. Keith lost her life and her body was recovered days later.)
Woman taxidermist, Emily Parker, interviewed at Catalina Submarine Gardens, in Avalon, on Catalina Island, California. Numerous preserved species of sea life are mounted on the wall behind her. She is working on a specimen of hammerhead shark. Next, Ms.Parker displays a preserved Tuna and several other species including a pair of so-called Flying Fish. she touches- up a billfish specimen and inspects a shark. (Note: Ms. Parker's husband, C.B. Parker, was a Taxidermist in Catalina. After he passed away in 1926, Ms.Parker continued his business. She was considered to be one of the first women taxidermists.)
The Annual Aquaplane Derby from 44 miles at sea to Hermosa Beach in Catalina Island, California. Boats and surfers behind them surf in the sea. Various participants surf on the sea waves. Spectators at the beach watch the race closely and cheer for the participants. Victorious Frank Rodacker stands near the surf board surrounded by spectators and holds his fractured hand by neck cloth.
Newsreel clip titled "Chicago Cubs Head For Pennant Year With Lofty Hopes.' Shows Cubs at spring training camp in 1941 at Catalina Island California. Team runs around baseball field situated near mountains and houses, seen in the background. Close ups of team manager Jimmie Wilson, holding catcher's glove. Shots of Hall of Fame pitcher Dizzy Dean on pitching mound, showing young boy how to throw. Shots of Cubs players warming up their arms. Dean (#22) seen throwing to Wilson in batting cage. Pitcher Larry French (no cap) seen throwing to Cub batter who takes a weak swing. Unidentified player throws pitch to outfielder Dom Dallessandro (#31). Player slides into second base as Billy Herman (#4) practices double play. Players hold bats in mock firing position.
Chicago Cubs warm up at their training camp at Catalina Island, California.
Map showing the location of Avalon on Santa Catalina Island in California. Passesngers climb steps of a steamship going to Avalon from San Pedro. A lighthouse is seen. Many other passenger boats also seen. Hotel Stamford is seen. Passengers disembark. All ashore at Avalon Harbor.