• Cleveland fire department /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 17Jun03; H32791. Cameraman, G. W. Bitzer. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 58. Duration: 1:24 at 16 fps. The subject is the activities of a fire department that can be seen coming out of the fire engine house located across the street from the camera position. The action must have been a drill or rehearsal as ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Free-for-all race at Charter Oak Park /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 31July1897; 43418. Duration: 0:26 at 30 fps. From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Shows a part of the enormous crowd and the start and finish of the free-for-all pacing race, in which the fastest harness horse in the world, John R. Gentry (2:00-1/2), the coming Star Pointer and Frank Agan competed for a purse of 6,000. The heat we photographed was ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Rural wagon delivering mail, U.S.P.O. /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 22Aug03; H34981. Cameraman, A. E. Weed. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 282. Duration: 0:46 at 16 fps. The subject is the delivery of the U.S. mail in a rural area. The camera was positioned in full sight of a standard rural free delivery post box located in front of a well-kept house and garden. A ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • [Easter Sunday, Atlantic City boardwalk] /

    Copyright: reg. unknown. Copyright notice on film: Thomas A. Edison ; 1904. Title from Kleine inventory. Nitrate deterioration printed through. DLC Duration: 2:13 at 18 fps. Crowds of people in their Easter finery parade on the boardwalk near Green's Hotel, and near a pier in Atlantic City. Some people ride in stroller chairs, one man pushes a baby carriage, and the ladies hold their ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Princeton and Yale football game /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.; 19Nov03; H38332. Cameraman, A.C. Abadie. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 263. Duration: 3:47 at 16 fps. The camera was moved to many positions throughout the stadium, which contained an estimated 50,000 spectators. The opening scene was a complete pan around the locale, showing the crowd assembled to watch the game. The remaining scenes were photographed from ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • A glimpse of the San Diego exposition /

    Copyright: Keystone; 18Feb15; MP293. Duration: 3:57 (part 1), 3:22 (part 2) at 16 fps. The film begins from a single-camera position high above the Exposition grounds. The camera begins to pan from left to right, following the horizon. The picture includes all of the spires and buildings of the fair. Then the camera is moved to the Exposition midway and footage is taken of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1915
  • Loading mail car, U.S.P.O. /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 22Aug03; H34993. Cameraman, A. E. Weed. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 187. This film, part of series on the various activities of the Post Office, starts with a scene of a large railroad mail car on a siding. A horse-drawn, four-wheeled vehicle with a sign "U.S. Mail" on the side proceeds away from the camera ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Sheep run, Chicago stockyards /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 31July1897; 43406. Camera, William Heise? Duration: 0:26 at 30 fps. From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A large flock of sheep being driven over the runs from the cars to the slaughter beds. The sheep, pressed by the driver and frightened by the surroundings and confusion, move very fast. Advertised as part of the "Erie Railroad Series" (Edison films catalog): The ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • The roller skate craze /

    Copyright: Selig; 09Aug07; H97845. Duration: 0:18 at 16 fps. During this short film, the cameraman photographed many different people in varied walks of life all of whom are wearing roller skates. Each scene, since the camera changed from individual to individual, is too short to allow any further description. Source used: Niver, Kemp R., Early motion pictures, 1985. Available also through the Library of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1907
  • Spanish dancers at the Pan-American Exposition /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 28Oct1901; H10111. Duration: 1:18 at 15 fps. Location: Buffalo, New York. The film was photographed from the area back of the midway of the Pan-American Exposition. The immediate background indicates the camera was in front of the living quarters of the gypsy dancing troupe. Several female gypsies in costume appear and dance. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: GYPSY ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • [Labor Day parade] /

    Copyright: reg. unknown. Main, interior and end titles lacking. DLC Title, date, and production information from inventory lists. Duration: 3:13 at 16 fps. Shows a parade through bunting-draped streets, probably in the town of Leominster, Mass. First, a decorated grandstand bearing the banner "Leominster heartily greets its guests" is seen, and then the camera pans to the street where the parade is to be ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Train taking up mail bag, U.S.P.O. /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 01Oct03; H36399. Cameraman, A. E. Weed. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 332. The subject of this Postal Department documentary is "snatching" the mail bag from the suspended post by the railroad mail clerk. As the film begins, a man climbs the steps leading to the device that suspends the mail bag in the air. A ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Assembling a generator, Westinghouse works /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 10May1904; H45598. Original main title lacking. DLC Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Duration: 3:18 at 15 fps. For other holdings on this title, contact M/B/RS reference staff. DLC A group of men work on various parts of a large generator, assembling the pieces. A crane carries a large piece of the generator over to the rest of the machine, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Lurline Baths /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 25Oct1897; 60578. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 0:20 at 30 fps. From Edison films catalog: At San Francisco. The main feature is the toboggan slide which the bathers use, some sitting, others lying down, head first or feet first. 50 feet. $7.50. Filmed ca. August 1897, at the Lurline Baths in San Francisco, California. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Westinghouse Air Brake Co. Westinghouse works /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 23July1904; H48417. Original main title lacking. DLC Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Duration: 3:19 at 15 fps. Materials listed originate from the paper print chosen best copy of two for digitization; for other holdings on this title, contact M/B/RS reference staff. DLC A large group of men are shown performing various tasks in one room at the Westinghouse Air ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Rube and Mandy at Coney Island /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 13Aug1903; H34528. Duration: 3:55 (part 1), 3:44 (part 2), and 4:20 (part 3) at 16 fps. This film records a trip around Coney Island by a couple made up as country bumpkins. The camera placement shows their entrance, exit, and participation in the various concessions. In the next-to-last scene, the two approach a hot dog stand, and each buys a ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Women of the ghetto bathing /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 09Dec02; H24897. Duration: 0:55 at 16 fps. The subject is a group of women bathing in a public swimming pool. The camera was placed on the edge of the pool and the full extent of the film shows the women in the pool. Only the heads and shoulders of most of the women are visible but it is ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • Buffalo police on parade /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 31July1897; 43417. Camera, William Heise? Duration: 0:34 at 22 fps. From Edison films catalog: A street scene showing parade of the entire Buffalo Police Department, 16 men abreast, with military band. Filmed June 10, 1897, in Buffalo, New York. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 309; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Society ballooning, Pittsfield, Mass. /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 03May06; H76605. Cameraman, G. W. Bitzer. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 303. At the beginning of the film, a group of men can be seen gathered around a flat area near a large municipal gas tank. Most of the group are attending to the skin of a big balloon in the foreground near the camera. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
  • Buffalo Fire Department in action /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 31July1897; 43411. Camera, William Heise? Duration: 0:25 at 30 fps. From F.Z. Maguire & Co. catalogue: Another of those stirring fire scenes which have proved so popular. There are ten pieces of apparatus in the picture. Every piece fully manned is under full headway, and is shown almost head-on to the beholder. Several of the engines and wagons are drawn ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • A rube couple at a county fair /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 24Oct1904; H52013. Duration: 3:57 (part 1) and 4:39 (part 2) at 16 fps. From Edison films catalog: Scene I--Driving into the Grounds. Scene II--Machinery department. Scene III--Getting weighed. Scene IV--On the Pike. Scene V--Looking at the big pumpkins. Scene VI--Cattle parade. Scene VII--Trotting race, with female jockeys. Scene VIII-- Hurdle jumping, female riders. Scene IX--High school horse. Scene X--Slide for ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Girls winding armatures /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 28Apr1904; H45003. Original main title lacking. DLC Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Duration: 1:55 at 16 fps. For other holdings on this title, contact M/B/RS reference staff. DLC Numerous women sit in rows at machines where they appear to be winding some type of wire and tooling it onto machines. Two young men push spools of this wire down ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Clerks casing mail for bags, U.S.P.O. /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 22Aug03; H34972. Cameraman, A. E. Weed. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 58. The subject is an operation of mail handling called "casing." The camera was placed so that two men can be seen demonstrating the method. The demonstrators, with stacks of letters in their hands, place them in one of many apertures built into a ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Giant coal dumper /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 31July1897; 43407. Camera, William Heise? Duration: 0:39 at 18 fps. From Edison films catalog: Shows how a full carload of coal is loaded into a vessel every thirty seconds at the great Erie Railroad docks, Cleveland, Ohio. Great clouds of coal dust rise as each car is unloaded. Advertised as part of the "Erie Railroad Series" (Edison films catalog): The ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Lathrop School, calisthenics /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 02May04; H45152. Cameraman, A. E. Weed. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 179. A group of preadolescent boys and girls is standing in a row facing the camera position. In back of them is a wall on which is written "Kansas City, Mo." As the film progresses, the students go through a series calisthenics, performing them ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904