From the Prelinger Archives at Archive.org ~ A trip through the Southwestern United States sometime during the 1930s or 1940s. Here’s the description
Includes: Mount Wilson sign; road to Mount Wilson; “The Huntington” hotel or resort scenes, somewhere in Los Angeles or the West; desert cacti and plants; sign: “Apache Trail Junction Ahead”; San Francisco skyline seen from Fairmont Hotel tower, with windowwasher cleaning window in foreground; Petrified Forest; Painted Desert; Indian Village; U.S. Highway 66 Association promotional sign; Trading Post; Old Albuquerque; New Mexico State Line sign
Note: Time marks noted are from description on Prellinger Archives are not entirely accurate, but in the ballpark. Roam around the video and you’ll find all the sights mentioned. It’s worth the effort.
Amateur home movie footage of San Francisco late 1930s
21:00:51:06 VS California coastline along Pacific Coast Highway 1 approaching what looks like Rocky Creek Bridge near Monterey heading toward San Francisco; rocky coastline, sea otters basking on the rocks; middle-aged 1930s woman standing on rocks on edge of surf.
21:02:59:08 High-angle shots looking down over San Francisco toward Ghiradelli Square as seen from Nob Hill area, Alcatraz visible in the bay; LS the Bay Bridge; Coit Tower
21:03:28:23 Great shot from inside building of window cleaner hanging outside of building wiping window; high-angle shot pan shot of
21:03:49:17 Great shot of window cleaner hanging by harness cleaning window, shot from inside building facing window cleaner.
21:04:40:01 CU New Mexico State Line sign; blue sky dotted with white clouds, great color; CU sign “Isleta Indian Curio”, LS of decaying adobe storefront, VS New Mexican adobe structures, adobe church, VS poor New Mexican village and villagers.
21:05:51:00 Little native-American girl in flowery dress with dark black hair and bangs walks toward camera over dirt street lined with adobe walls, little girls holds a White doll under her arm.
21:05:55:07 CU painted sign on adobe wall “Old Albuquerque Post Office”; LS pan over post office.
21:06:09:19 Woman bends down and holds out hand to poor little native-American boy, little boy runs away, then comes back and takes object from woman’s hand.
21:06:26:14 Covered wagon with painted sign “Continental Trading Post / Continental Divide / Elevation 7263 Feet”
21:06:42:18 Great shot two 1930s cars, one red the other blue driving desert road; billboard with painting of the Grand Canyon and text “The Arizona Unit U.S. Highway 66 Ass’n. Presents: World’s Mightiest Spectacle Grand Canyon of Arizona; Northern Arizona Greets You”; large native-American mural with two figures man and woman standing between a plant, very colorful and geometrical; LS painted sigh “Indian Village” in front of adobe house; CU sign for the Petrified Forest National Monument; VS the Painted Desert; VS petrified wood, old man with white hair explores huge logs of petrified wood.
21:11:22:04 LS sign “Apache Trail Junction Ahead”; VS along the Apache Trail
21:12:37:26 VS with great color; desert tree with bright yellow flowers; CU VS desert cactus and cactus flowers.
21:15:08:28 Art deco sign for “The Huntington”, possibly for the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco, pan down to street with 1930s cars; VS around the pool of a fancy hotel possibly the Huntington Hotel.
21:18:40:21 VS man feeding carrots to a deer; sign for Mt. Wilson; two metal towers with shiny metal domes peaking out from behind pine trees; CU silver metal dome; VS from car driving down mountain from Mt. Hood passing 1930s cars driving uphill in other direction.
This film is in the Public Domain