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Catalog Number 2010.014.001
Object Name Film, Motion Picture
Title Hudsons Thanksgiving & M[…], Washington, N.Y,. Boston, London[?], Pelee[?], Grd Bend.
Scope & Content Silent, black and white 16mm film containing footage of what the donor believes to be the first J.L. Hudson's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, as well as footage of a family, and trips to Washington D.C., New York City, and Ontario.

The reel begins with the Thanksgiving Day parade footage shot near Second Avenue and Vernor Highway. The parade includes a Felix the Cat float; clowns; a horse-drawn Mother Goose-themed float featuring Mother Goose riding a goose, a jack-in-the-box, and several large books; an elephant-shaped float; a group of uniformed marchers; a parade featuring a giant crocodile and a group of men in stereotypical blackface "tribesmen" costume with masks, grass skirts, and spears; a dog-shaped float; and a variety of costumed characters including several with large heads and a men dressed so that he appears to be walking balanced on his hands. At the end of the segment are several Christmas-themed floats including one representing Santa's workshop, and Santa Claus in his sleigh.

Next are several shots of a family posted in front of their porch and playing in their driveway.

The next portion of the film concerns a trip to Washington D.C. The camera films sites including the Capitol Building, Arlington Memorial Amphitheater, Gettysburg, a blimp over the Washington mall, the Lincoln Monument, and the Washington Monument. The camera operator then boards the S.S. BOSTON for a cruise to New York City. The city's skyline is captured from the deck of the boat.

The family again becomes the focus of the film. They are shown with a baby on their porch and lawn. They then have a picnic in a park, visit a beach, and then going golfing.

The final portion of the film was shot around Ontario. The camera captures Brenner House in Grand Bend, a Grafton's Clothing with a sign providing a London address, and a Supertest gas station.

The film is on a metal reel in a B and H Company canister. A label in faded pencil on the canister reads, "Hudsons Thanksgiving & M[…], Washington, N.Y,. Boston, London[?], Pelee[?], Grd Bend."
Date c. 1924
Year Range from 1924
Extent of Description 00:10:29
Collection Events
Search Terms Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Day Parade
Vernor Highway
Second Avenue