Nellie Tayloe Ross, the 28th Director of the Mint, and Employees at the United States Mint, Department of Treasury oversee the first shipment of government gold from the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia to the U.S. Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Clip shows casting and weighing of government gold, at the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Nellie Tayloe Ross seen speaking and seated at a desk with other officials nearby. Mint officials check the quality and dimensions of a cast gold bar to be transported to Fort Knox in Kentucky. Gold molded into bars by ram machines. Nellie Tayloe Ross signs papers. Molding machines and employees at work. Molten gold in a kiln. Man casts it into gold bars. Officials and armed guards keep an eye on the process. Gold bars are placed on one side of a large scale and weighed. Exterior view of the U.S. Mint department building in Philadelphia. View is of the third U.S. Mint building in Philadelphia, North facade, facing Spring Garden Street (building later owned by the Community College of Philadelphia, as of 1973). Late 1930's automobiles seen passing by the U.S. Mint on Spring Garden Street.
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.
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.
United States Navy junks warships in accord with London Treaty in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cruiser USS St. Louis (C-20), World War transport veteran, being scrapped. Americans dismantle the ship. Large pipes being lowered with the help of a crane.
Convention of Beauty Culturists ban short hair in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A group of women with short hair display various hair styles. A barber trims hair of a monkey named Bridget. A woman files her nails. The barber removes excess hair with a brush and shows a mirror to the monkey.
Jack Diamond, a gangster, is caught by the police in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A group of men. A ship underway at a sea. Men come out of a building.