Arnold D. Kates was an officer in the Association of Young Advertising Men of New York in the 1930's. As an officer, he visited Washington, D.C. (with other members) attending the annual meeting of the Advertising Federation of America. He took movies of a formal reception given by the Federation as well as scenes of Washington, D.C.
Four small reels, combined into a single compilation reel by Archives Center staff, of 16mm black and white, silent, camera original reversal motion picture film. One film depicts scenes of Washington, D.C., including a receiving line at the White House for the annual meeting of the Advertising Federation of America. A second film shows people on a boat, in a car, and a woman with a calf. The third depicts a New York City cityscape, docks and ships, industrial buildings, rail yards and rail cars, and freight trucks. Trucks from the Railway Express Agency and the Bush Terminal Co. appear, as well as buildings possibly owned and/or operated by the Bush Terminal Co. The fourth film contains images of automobiles and individuals outside of a building, possibly identified as the Cypress Hills Hotel Abbey.
Kates Film Collection, circa 1929-1931, Archives Center, National Museum of American History