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.
Life of people in California, United States. An automobile driven in open country. A rocky shore as waves break at the coast. A man examines a mast of a Chinese junk off Santa Catalina Island. Automobile traffic on a city street. Pedestrians on a sidewalk. Cars driven along a mountain road. A man mixes a meal with a wooden pestle in a wooden bowl.
Shows Avalon Bay and City of Avalon from porch of Wrigley home. Houses in Avalon City can be seen. Views of Casino, Avalon dock and U.S. flag flying.
Entrance of U.S. Maritime Services Administrative Office. Lieutenant Commander R.J.Casilli (USNR Executive Officer) and Lieutenant Commander Z.K.Fonyo (USMS Training Officer) chatting outside the office. Board sign of 'United States Maritime Service Training Station - Santa Catalina Island'. Trainees moving out for the noon muster in island villa barracks.
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.)
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.)