History of the circus in North America. Scenes of drawings, sketches, still photographs, and newspaper clippings regarding the circus. Cites George Washington donating a horse to the circus. Discussion of18th Century English circus organizer, John Bill Ricketts, and a newspaper clipping promoting his circus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sketch of his circus hall in Philadelphia. Scenes and information about P.T. Barnum and the famous elephant Jumbo, and singer Jenny Lind, known as "the Swedish Nightingale." Drawing of men with rings standing on stools. Drawing of a cab in front of a building. Promotional sign for the Central Park Menagerie and International Circus Company. Vintage footage with scenes of a Ringling Brother Barnum and Bailey circus train arriving in a city circa late 1920s, pulled by a steam locomotive. Circus performers. Crowds of circus goers milling near a Side Shows entrance sign. A clown inflating the clothes of another clown to a giant size. Chimpanzee rides an elephant and a donkey stands near its foal. Lions, hippos, giraffes, dogs in the circus. Large crowd present during the circus viewing elephant, horse and lion show of the circus. Scenes of the circus parade processing around the big top tent. A tamer handling a female lion (tamer appears to be Clyde Beatty). A male lion walking on high wire parallel tightrope.
Scenes inside the saw manufacturing plant of the Henry Disston & Sons Company (Disston Saw Works), in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1920. Closeup of clamps holding items during manufacture. A worker holding a piece of sheet steel and moving it through a mechanical cutting tool that is creating teeth on the saw blade edge. Workers pulling hot hand saw blanks out of an annealing furnace and placing them into a bin. Worker maintaining movement of sheet stock, that already has teeth cut into it, as it passes under a stamping machine. Closeup of a finished hand saw with the Henry Disston & Sons company trademark embossed on it. (The company hand saw division was subsequently sold a number of times, and the brand is now part of Disston Precision Incorporated.)
A film regarding Electric Railroading in the United States. The assembly of electric locomotives at the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is a joint venture with the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Twin Armature Motors for electric locomotives being assembled. Workers at machines as they assemble the armatures into the motors. Men attach an iron chain to a motor and place in onto a part of the locomotive. Railroad cab being placed on wheels. Seen is Locomotive number 10300. This is a Class EP-3 electric Quill locomotive, Type: 2C-1-1-C2 (passenger), Drivers: 68" diameter. It displays lettering: "C M & St. P," and will run on the Milwaukee Road (Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul and Pacific Railroad). A different locomotive: Pennsylvania Railroad Class DD1, runs down a railroad track.
Activities aboard ships docked at Philadelphia Naval Base in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rear Admiral Schuirmann comes aboard the USS Philadelphia (CL-41) light cruiser prior to ceremony. American flag is lowered from the fore top of the USS Philadelphia. Naval officers await the ceremony to start. Brazilian flag is raised to fore top of the USS Philadelphia light cruiser. Brazilian and American Naval personnel salute. USS Philadelphia tied alongside pier. USS ST Louis (CL-49) light cruiser tied along the pier. American sailor in the foreground. Sailor salutes and Brazilian being flag raised to fore top of USS St. Louis.
Operations in manufacture of large commercial circular saw blades in the Henry Disston And Sons plant, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A man is seen tending a machine setting the teeth on a large circular saw blade. Team of men controlling the movement of a large circular saw blank as it moves under a teeth cutting machine tool.
Workers engaged in the manufacture of saw blades in the factory of Henry Disston and Sons, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A man using large grinder to smooth edges of saw blanks. A worker running sheet steel stock through a roller mill.Close-up shows replaceable crescent shaped insert teeth for circular saw blade. Worker polishing handsaw handles with the help of a powered buffer.