Rufus B. Von Kleinsmid awarding a diploma to an older woman graduate, with other faculty members seated, all in caps and gowns, under decorated pavilion, with Coliseum peristyle with scaffolding visible in background
A woman waves from a palanquin carried by several men. She wears a bikini outfit made of gleaming material. Her palanquin bearers are in what appears to be African-dress. A shriner in a fez and jacket walks beside the procession. The Al Malaikah Shrine Temple of Los Angeles hosted a pageant, of which the theme was One Thousand and One Nights, or Arabian Nights. The event was hosted at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Peltzer, the world record holder at the 880 at the time, was particularly interested in running on the Coliseum track, which he praised as a fast track. Two months after this photograph was taken he ran against local racers and set a new Southern California record. During World War II, Peltzer was imprisoned by the Germans because was gay.