We were delighted to have discovered this fascinating film of the Gardens, from 1937.
The intrepid Mrs Shipley Dixon was a Philadelphia lady, traveller and amateur filmmaker. Although she was an avid traveller, she seemed to be most interested in gardens and architecture. Likely most of her travel adventure films were made after the passing of her first husband, Mr. Caspar Wistar Hacker, and before marrying her second husband, Mr. John Shipley Dixon, a University of Pennsylvania alumnus (1908 and 1911). According to her husband’s obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer of 8/10/1960, “(Mrs. Dixon) was well known for her interest in travel films”. The films in the Dixon collection were donated to the Museum in 1941, soon after her second marriage.
Many thanks to Kate Pourshariati, Film Archivist/Cataloger at The University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) who kindly gave permission for us to use this film.
See more fascinating films from the Penn Archive at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi2nDJv1JUg