• Short Summary

    The American social set wear crazy hats at a fund-raising ball for the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.

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    Titles read: "L.N.E.R. - PATHE CINEMA CAR - SPECIAL PROGRAMME" [superimposed over M/S of four steam trains coming towards us along the railway track.] "Fancy Headgear".

    Philadelphia, United States of America.

    At the fund-raising Benefit Ball for the University of Pennsylvania Hospital we see men and women in evening dress wearing outlandish hats and head-dresses - American-Indian feathers, huge cowboy hats and so on. Prizewinners Mrs Price-Headly and Paul Dagler (?) sit chatting - she wears a crown on a frilled cap, he wears a globe of the world with international flags sticking out of it.

    Another socialite wears a length of cellophane over her head, tied with ribbons at the neck and crown. George Harrison wears a great hat of a skullcap with a plastic lady's foot and leg on the top! High angle shot of people dancing and wandering about at the ball.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:31:11:00 / 01:32:17:00

Comments (3)

  1. Unknown user says

    The two locomotives passing through the picture at 00:12 are A4 Pacific Number 2512 "Silver Fox", and Class A3 Number 2505 "Cameronian".

    Seen at 00:47 is Fernanda Wanamaker, daughter of American department store magnate Lewis Rodman Wanamaker.

    "Paul Harrison" should read George Harrison (announced by the commentator).

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  2. Unknown user says

    Footage of the locomotives seen approaching the camera at the start of this clip, shot from the other side of the tracks, can be seen in clip 908.19.

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  3. Unknown user says

    Thanks for your comments. We've updated the tags and corrected George's name.

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