THE PINES HOTEL BURNS DOWN - 1932 The Pines hotel in Panama City, Florida goes up in flames as winter tourists escape with their valuables. Firemen from several nearby towns fight the blaze but the fire leaves nothing but a burned out shell of the former landmark.
KANSAS CITY GRAIN ELEVATOR FIRE - 1932 A Kansas City, MO grain elevator burns following a spontaneous combustion of grain dust. The huge building collapses as flames consumes it in spite of fire fighter efforts to stop the blaze that claims the lives of two firemen and injures nine more.
NYC "HOOVERVILLE" CAMP - 1932 A shanty town for the unemployed springs up almost in the heart of New York City. The town is headed up by a Texas sailor as the mayor and boasts a laundry service and barber to keep residents clean until they find jobs again.
ROSH HASHANAH CELEBRATED BY N.Y.C. JEWS - 1932 New Yorkers observe the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah with the age-old rituals of prayer and emptying their pockets into the nearest running water as a symbol of purging the sins of the dying year.
PASSOVER SHOPPING NY COMMUNITIES - 1932 The Jewish community on the lower east side of New York City is alive with activity as busy purchasers look for bargains as they shop for Passover. Charitable agencies supply the poor with Matzos.
BOY SCOUTS & ANIMALS SIGN DRIVER PETITION - 1932 Boy Scouts visit to the Bronx Zoo in New York and secure the "signatures" of small creatures on a petition urging motorists to be more considerate of the little guys while on the road. The humane petition is then presented to Mayor James J. Walker.
LUCY THE MARGATE ELEPHANT - 1932 Lucy the Margate Elephant is a six-story elephant-shaped building that continually amazes visitors to Margate City, New Jersey where they can tour the unusual structure's rooms and watch the view from her eyes. Lucy is now a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
BROOKLYN COLLEGE BATTLE - 1932 Brooklyn College freshmen battle the sophomores with tactics like paper bag grenades, rotten tomatoes, shirt tearing and pants snatching. A policeman keeps an eye over the proceedings but lets the boys be boys.
GREAT DEPRESSION BRINGS HUNGER & DESPAIR - 1932 Haunting scenes of poverty and hunger in the cities as the Great Depression brings unemployment to an all time high. People stand in long lines for aid and possible employment while others dig through garbage for scraps and live in extreme poverty.
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