This is a Kodachrome home movie made by a member of the Amateur Cinema League and titled "Flight From Winter"; this film shows a trip to Florida made in the 1940s. The film begins with a flight on an Eastern Airlines DC-3. The aircraft lands at Washington National Airport and also stops in Savannah, Georgia before finally landing in Florida. There are fascinating images of on-board service and airports and facilities in this era. The rest of the film includes rare images of Florida in beautiful color, including a visit to the Brooklyn Dodgers training camp, the Pan Am Airlines seaplane base, Ringing Brother and Barnum and Bailey Circus winter quarters, Ocala, St. Petersburg, the Keys, Cypress Gardens, and much more. The Goodyear Blimp even makes an appearance. This is a silent, black and white film. Three stars come across the screen in the title, “Flight From Winter” appears. Photographed by Al Schmidt. Grateful acknowledgment is made to Eastern Airlines for their cooperation in filming this picture. “In all this age of wonders perhaps the marvel which most appeals to our imaginations is the newly won ability of people to ride the skies. Generations in the past have dreamed of flight; we of today are privileged to experience the fulfillment of that age-old desire”. Men and women board a DC-3, 1:10. The plane takes off from the runway 1:45. The plane soars above the clouds 2:05. Washington Airport 2:41. A steward prepares napkins and food trays for the passengers 3:20. A woman enjoys her meal on the plane 3:40. Stopover at Savannah Georgia Airport 3:58. A man reads Time magazine on the plane 4:20. The sun bursts through the clouds 4:45. Passengers exit the plane and walk onto the runway 5:15. Orange groves 5:25. Different types of boats sail on the water 5:30. People sit on colorful beach chairs with umbrellas 6:00. A waiter tends to the guests by the water 6:40. Beautiful homes along the waterway in Florida 7:00. Women look through binoculars at the beautiful homes and boats 8:22. The Goodyear Blimp sponsored by Lifeguard Tires 8:40. The blimp takes off 8:50. Aerial views of Florida from the blimp 9:10. Men and women in suits and hats are seen in the sunshine at the horse track 10:00. The horses run 11:34. Cars cross the causeway 12:30. Casa Marina 12:40. Beautiful flowers on the grounds of Casa Marina 13:15. Coconut trees 13:27. Sunset 13:45. Flamenco performers 14:00. Leaving Casa Marina on the causeway 15:10. A seaplane docks 15:48. Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey winter headquarters – elephants march along 16:30. Elephants drink water 16:50. Polar bears in a cage 17:00. A hippopotamus opens his mouth 17:10. A black panther in a cage 17:25. A hawk rears its head 17:30. Alligators climb on one another 17:45. The different animals of Ringling Brothers circus are featured 18:00. Beautiful art galleries 18:20. Women paint in the courtyard 18:45. A cruise ship passes 19:20. Flowers blow in the wind 19:40. Clearwater Beach Hotel 19:50. Seagulls on the beach 20:15. People enjoy the beautiful flowers in the garden 20:50. A pagoda in an Asian garden 21:45. Clearwater athletic field. The permanent training headquarters of the Brooklyn Dodgers 22:10. The Dodgers practice baseball 22:25. Ocala – Silver Springs 23:10. Palm trees on the ocean 23:18. Fish swim in the water 23:40. Fish in an aquarium 24:45. Walgreen drugstore 25:20. Shuffleboard is played by the ocean 26:00. St. Petersburg Yacht Club 26:20. Boats docked at the club 26:30. The Mountain Lake Sanctuary 27:10. Cypress Gardens - Americas Tropical Wonderland 27:45. A woman admires the foliage and water features in the gardens 28:30. A boat comes under a bridge 29:20. The plane takes off from the runway 29:30. The passengers exit the plane and spill out onto the runway 30:15. “It took two weeks and 4500 miles of travel to bring us to… THE END”.
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