Footage documenting Bailey's travels to the Canary Islands circa 1971. Shows the seaside landscape and cliffs of Lanzarote. Bailey boards a plane leaving Lanzarote and films and view from the window, including shots of Mount Teide.
Shows the Catholic tradition of the Blessing of the Fleet. Priests stand on a dock and bless a fleet of shrimp boats as they sail by while surrounded by a crowd of locals and parishoners. Unknown location, possibly Gulf Coast, South Carolina, or Georgia.
Home movie taken circa 1965 in an unknown location, likely in Illinois. Shows corn fields next to a large silo. Close-ups of the corn show it is ready for harvest with brown silks. Shows a man working on a tractor in a nearby field.
Home movie footage of a voyage from Cincinnati to New Orleans that Bailey took aboard the steamboat Delta Queen in early 1968. An article about her experience, "Last Call for the Delta Queen River Cruise," was published in the New York Times in May 1968. The film primarily shows the scenery as the boat cruises down the river and members of the crew working on the ship (including the captain manning the bridge). Features the Delta Queen's calliope as passengers gather to listen. Bailey herself takes a turn at the instrument. On shore, the film documents stops at historic antebellum homes, including McRaven and Oak Alley Plantation. The footage is not edited in chronological order.
Home movie of Bernadine Bailey and her second husband, George W. McCord. They were married from 1946-1947 and resided in Florida. The film shows a sunrise Easter service being held at Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine. Next are scenes of flowers in a garden and Bailey and McCord sunbathing. She is reading the June 1946 issues of Holiday magazine. The original title indicates that this was shot at 223 E. Superior St in Chicago, a residence Bailey held during the 1940's.
An older couple greeting people in a receiving line. The woman is Nellie Voigt Freeman, Bailey's mother. The original title indicates this was part of an Easter celebration. Bailey is present in the group. The film then focuses on flower in a garden - the original title indicates this is Artillery Lane in St. Augustine.
Home movie taken at the Wilkinson family home in Western Springs, Illinois. Bernadine Bailey's nephew, Paul Freeman Wilkinson, can be seen wearing a crown and playing with a toy sword. There is an couple and two other children with Paul, but their relation to the Wilkinson family is unknown.
Film begins with British Merchant Navy ship. Primarily shows blurry footage of Fiji, including a village with thatched roof buildings and new construction. Local children interact with and smile for the camera. A storefront advertises Procera bread. The film then shows a busy intersection in a town - the crowd is diverse with people in traditional and western-style clothes.
Shows the Wilkinson family taking a fishing trip on a lake or river. Includes many shots of the water taken from a motorboat. Bernadine Bailey's nephew, Paul Freeman Wilkinson, is seen rowing a boat. Closes with more footage of the Wilkinson's Scottish terrier playing with a crawdad.
A continuation of the footage from [Frankfurt, Germany 1954] and similar street scenes of the town center of Frankfurt am Main. Footage of rubble and ruins of buildings from World War II. Shows construction and rebuilding near the ruins. Notable landmarks include Alte Oper.
Street scenes of the town center of Frankfurt am Main. Footage of rubble and ruins of buildings from World War II. Shows construction and rebuilding near the ruins. Notable landmarks include St. Catherine's Church. A movie poster for "How to Marry a Millionaire" starring Marilyn Monroe is visible. The film was released in West Germany in 1954.
Home movie of Bailey's trip to Greenland circa 1971. Shows Bailey and Carson Ritchie in a small coastal village. Captures many images of locals, particularly women, performing household and agricultural labor.
Clips of Chicago home movies spanning the mid-to-late 1960's. Begins with a river cruise aboard the Skyline Queen (circa 1968). Follows with footage of Bailey visiting Lilacia Park in Lombard, Illinois, where she films a group of school children. The latter half of the film shows construction on the John Hancock Center over the course of several weeks (circa 1965-1966). Also shows people enjoying a crowded beach in the summertime, sunbathing, and skiing.
Home movie of Bailey's trip to Iceland circa 1971. Shows close-up shots of flowers and trees blooming. Carson Ritchie (Bailey's third husband and travel companion in the early 1970's) and another man crossing a small river (the water is very bright, possibly another geothermal area). Footage taken from a boat sailing down the river.
Home movie of Bailey's trip to Iceland circa 1971. Footage taken from a window of a plane taking off. Glaciers are visible as the plane flies over the Arctic Ocean. Shows Bailey and Ritchie disembarking in Iceland.
Begins with brief footage of unknown children in front of a dilapidated house. Primarily feature the garden in front of the Wilkinson family home in Western Springs. Bailey's nephew, Paul Freeman Wilkinson, plays with some flowers and on a swing set.
A continuation of the home movie footage from [Lake Michigan and Calumet River ca. 1967]. This film focuses more on the river's industrial activity, showing trains, warehouses, and large piles of limestone.
Home movie documenting a day trip to Lake Paradise, near Bailey's hometown of Mattoon, Illinois. Shows many scenes of the lake and people boating and fishing. Ends with the image of a woman working in a corn field by a silo.
Footage documenting Bailey's travels to the Canary Islands circa 1971. Shows the metropolitan area and seaport of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, including the Don Juan hotel. We see Bailey is traveling with her husband, Carson Ritchie.
Footage of a pilot taking off, shot from inside the aircraft. The camera is positioned on the front of the plane, looking back at the pilot. After doing several stunt tricks in the air, he also demonstrates landing.