Newlywed American couple travels to and in Western Europe
Title card: “Leaving New York August 20, 1932.” The newlyweds Ruth Carlson Horn and Dr. Morris Horn depart on their year-long honeymoon. They walk, embracing and kissing, down a corridor. Pan to group of men and women standing in a crowd behind a fence, who look up towards the camera and wave goodbye. They are on a dock labelled “City of New York Department Docks - Italian Line Swedish American.” A freight ship passes by in the harbor, with another passenger ship still docked behind it. NYC skyscrapers are visible in the distance.
Title card: “On Board M.V. Saturnia.” The Horns and two women walk towards the camera with linked arms on the ship’s deck. Below deck, finely dressed passengers greet one another.
Title card: “Lisbon.” The well-dressed young couple are approached by an older man who walks with them down a set of stairs in front of a fountain and archways. They visit the beach. Two men chat on board the ship. A crowd on the docks is filmed from the ship above as the M.V. Saturnia leaves the port, passing other boats. Pan, coastline.
Title card: “Rock of Gibraltar.” MS, Rock of Gibraltar.
Title card: “Italian Olympic Team.” A group of men and a few women in suits pose on the deck of the ship. A rowboat makes its way towards shore. Train tracks through a wooded area. Horizon, little visibility. On shore, the young couple speak with an elderly bearded man smoking a pipe. CU of the elderly man. A large crowd of people in dark clothing gather on the street; parade. Ruth on a street corner walking towards the camera. Behind her, bicycles, cars, and handsome cabs pass by on the street. Morris follows.
Title card: “Venice - Feeding Pidgeons St. Marks Square.” Ruth walks in the middle of a huge crowd of pigeons in St Marks Square, extending her arm in an unsuccessful attempt for one of them to land on her. Pigeons in a fountain. Street scene in Venice. An elderly gondolier helps Ruth into a gondola. Pan from the perspective of the gondola. Back at St. Marks Square, Ruth feeds the pigeons again, followed by Morris. CUs, Ruth with pigeons. Title card:”“Leaving Venice - View of Italian Alps.” Scenic shots of the Italian Alps.
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Four 16mm films documenting the year-long honeymoon of Ruth Carlson Horn and Dr. Morris Horn. Ruth (1913 - 1999) was a noted patron of the arts and innovator in Bridgeport, Connecticut's arts community. She was the daughter of William Carlson, an automobile industrialist, and Frances Faust Carlson, a pianist. Morris Horn, M.D. (1900 - ) served in Europe in WW2 as a Captain in the Army Medical Corps and died while serving his country. Ruth and Morris were married in the Commodore Hotel in NYC in August 1932 by Rabbi Albert Martin. The Faust Family (Ruth’s mother’s family) appear in a short section of the film in Pabianice, Poland. Herman Faust was a textile manufacturer whose home and business were located in Pabianice or Czestochowa, Poland. His son Samuel Faust and other sons and cousins were at a party welcoming the American visitors. It is believed that many members of the Faust Family perished during the Holocaust.
Title card: “LONDON: Picadilly Circus – Trafalgar Square – Horse Guards - Cenotaph.” Visiting London. Piccadilly Circus. Street scenes of a policeman directing traffic. Double decker buses. Trafalgar Square. Street scenes. Horse guards. The Cenotaph. Title card: “Westminister Abbey – Big Ben – Parliament.” Big Ben with external scaffolding around it. Westminster Abbey. Parliament building from across the Thames. Street scenes in London. Horse-drawn cabs. Group of people, including policemen, crossing the street, then pans to a CU of Ruth Carlson Horn. Street scenes of double decker buses. A policeman directing traffic, parade. A large float goes by with starlets sitting atop and names written on the side – “Violet Loraine, Tom Walls, Belle Christall, Gordon Baker, Jessie Matthews, Sonny Half, Evelyn Lane, Ralph Lynn” advertising film talkies. More floats follow with advertisements, for Marmite, Chocolate Milk, boot polish, Pickfords, Wantney Ales. Three guards wearing bearskin hats walk through an archway. Title card: “Tower Bridge – Changing of the Guard – Buckingham Palace.” Tower Bridge. Street scenes. A group of mounted guards process down the street. Buckingham Palace. A large crowd of people at the fence outside Buckingham Palace. The gates open for the changing of the guard. Changing of the guard procession. Title card: “Oxford – Shakespeare Country – Warwick – Kenilworth.” Touring Oxford. Street scene with cars and bicycles. Tudor-style buildings and pedestrians. Faraway shot of ruins, either a castle or an abbey. More Tudor-style buildings with lots of people and cars in front. A sign reads “Queen and Castle Motel.” Great Gatehouse. A fountain. More ruins, likely of the Great Gatehouse or Bristol Castle. Title card: “Aboard the Georgic – Passing the Brittanic.” The horizon line taken from a ship. Another ship, the Brittanic, passing by and moving further away. Ruth leaning against the ship’s railing (they departed from Liverpool on the Georgic on July 29, 1933, arriving August 7, 1938 to NY), making faces at the camera. Waves. She looks down over the railing, more waves breaking in the ship’s wake. Morris smiles at the camera. Very faint outline of land with the Statue of Liberty on the horizon. Slightly clearer shot of the Statue of Liberty. Title card reads: “Welcome Home – August 20, 1933.” Group of well-dressed men and women outdoors. A welcome party with well-dressed people. Ruth enters the frame and smiles. People are milling about, chatting, and drinking. Some swim in the ocean. Ruth on the shoreline, near a table. Morris carries a tray from the table. 01:18:17 The women sit on the lawn, eating ice cream bars. A man sunbathes in a lawn chair. Some frames are obstructed by the cameraman’s thumb. Sunbathing, the house.
Title card: “With the Faust Family Pabjanice April 1933.” In Pabianice, Poland, three children play with a shovel and bucket in the sand. Three women in fur coats sit closely together on a bench. The Faust family walks down a residential street and poses for the camera. The elder is Herman Faust, a textile manufacturer whose home and business were located in either Pabjanice or Czestochowa (many family members perished during the Holocaust). Lovely portraits of the family. The children make faces and are scolded. The group continues to pose in various spots and groupings for the camera, sometimes waving and blowing kisses. One couple holds still photo cameras. 01:04:06 Platform [Nástupiště] at a Czech train station. Title card: “Sofienalp with Dr. Damask, Parks of Vienna.” The couple and likely Dr. Damask, stand in a large pasture, the Sofienalpe. CU, Dr. Damask. He walks with Morris. Rolling hills. Palatial building with columns. People sit outside in a manicured garden with a fountain. Views of different parks, statues, and fountains. Title card: “Mr. and Mrs. Geiringer, Street Parade - Schoenbrunn.” An older couple pose arm in arm for the camera. Parade from a distance. The older couple and Ruth stand on a balcony, then return inside. Statue in the middle of a fountain. Gardens and the gloriette of the Schonbrunn Palace. 01:07:53 Title card: “On Lake Lucerne - Wm. Tell’s Country.” View of the mountains from the water. Ruth poses next to a sign, “Tellsplatte.” Boat in the water with mountains behind. Approaching a dock labeled “Rutli” from a boat. Title card: “PARIS - Versailles, Tuileries, Louvre, Opera, Pantheon, Concorde.” Sightseeing at Versailles, including the gardens and fountains. The Tuileries gardens and the Louvre. Ruth walks towards the camera in the Tuileries and poses in front of the Palais Garnier opera house. Pantheon from afar. Streetcars and cars pass on the city road in front. The Horns on the steps in front of the Pantheon. Obelisk at Place de la Concorde, with bicycles and cars on the street in front. Place de la Concorde with the Eiffel Tower. Street scenes of Paris. The bouquinistes. Title card: “Amsterdam - Marken - Volendam - Edam.” Touring Holland. Munttoren clock tower in Amsterdam. Buildings and canals. A village harborfront with sailboats. A man stands next to a bridge with a cow. CU, Ruth on a small boat with other passengers. Village, houses on the shore. The boat docks. Three girls do washing in the water. Ruth stands in front of two Dutch women wearing traditional outfits and wooden clogs. A group of tourists, arm in arm, walk away from the camera. The young woman follows and gestures for the person behind the camera to come along. Several men in balloon pants and wooden clogs walk by. A young woman carries a baby. Two Dutch children wearing clogs stand on the street, looking away from the camera. Village houses, downtown scenes in Volendam. Windmill in a field and countryside.
Storefronts with German writing, shuttered shops (winter?). Steep snowy hill, people climb stairs to top of ski jump. At another ski hill, many figures mill about and ski. Title card: “Ringstrasse, Oper, Hotel Bristol Kaerntnerstrasse.” Visiting the city of Vienna. Vienna State Opera House, with buses driving by on the street. Street scenes. The Hotel Bristol. Title card: “Goethe Denkmal, Burg Tor, Museums, Maria Theresia Denkmal, Neue Hofburg.” Statue of Goethe. The Burg Tor, an old castle gate. Statue of Maria Theresa. Trolleys go by on the street. The Hofburg Palace. A decorated horse and buggy advertising “Linden-Keller” in ornate lettering. Title card: “Parlament, Burgtheater, Rathaus, Votiv Kirche.” More sightseeing, including the Parliament building, Vienna City Hall, the Austrian National Theatre, two tall cathedral spires. Streetcars. Title card: “On the Graben, Stephansdom, Karntnerstrasse, Anker Uhr.” Street activity on the Graben in Vienna. St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Pedestrians and storefronts on the Karntnerstrasse, a famous shopping district in Vienna. The Ankeruhr clock. Title card: “The Wachau, Scenes Along the Danube.” Views of countryside, castles and houses from a boat on the Danube. Ruth Carlson Horn sits at a table in an outdoor courtyard and drinks a beer. Title card: “Vienna 1 May 1933.” Street scene filmed from above with horse-drawn buggies. 01:15:19 Ruth in a fur coat walks towards camera, Austrian military, rifle posts on cobbled streets. 01:15:58 MS, man concealing a camera(?), he appears later and waves. EXT, Café Museum, with soldiers. MS, soldiers walk down the sidewalk. Soldiers sit at posts along the sidewalk and at street entrances.