Title ID 1433Collection ID275
Title[Visit to America]
Date1946; [1951?]
CollectionH A Voss
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsAircraft Airports Armed Forces Cultural Heritage Holidays Houses Industry Leisure Time Activities Racing Sport Tourism Travel Urban Areas
LocalWashington Hinsdale Chicago Palatine Glencoe Muscle Shoals Philadelphia New York Pennsylvania Alabama Colbert Du Page Tennessee
NationalUnited States North and Central America
ProductionH A Voss
CameraH A Voss
ParticipantsMr and Mrs Dengler; Mr and Mrs Franklin Farley; Mr George W. Moyers
FormatColour Silent
Duration23 min. 35 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Colour amateur footage with intertitles of trips to the United States of America. The film includes footage of Washington and New York, as well as of an American Football match and the suburban homes of family friends and associates.


The film-maker begins his trip to the United States in Washington where he films the city's landmarks, including The White House, Lincoln Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Whilst at Washington Airport he films American Airlines and Eastern Air Lines aircraft landing, taxiing and taking off. He visits the home of Mr George W. Moyers in Chicago, filming his children skipping on the driveway. He next visits the suburban home of Mr and Mrs Dengler where father and son play baseball on the lawn. This is followed by a stay at the home of Mr and Mrs Farley which is situated on a tree-lined avenue - the host reverses his car out of the garage.

In November 1946 the film-maker visits Tennessee - a worker for the British Phosphate Commission, he films the exterior of a phosphate plant at Muscle Shoals across the border in Alabama. He also captures images of the hydroelectric dam on the Tennessee River. His travels continue by car, driving south from Atlanta through Georgia. In Philadelphia he forms one of the 103,000 strong crowd watching an American Football match between Navy Midshipmen and Army Cadets at the Municipal Stadium. The film ends in New York where the film-maker films the skyscrapers, Christmas decorations and people which populate the city. Neon signs light the night skies.