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  • Pennsylvania Tunnel excavation /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 30Aug1905; H65053. Duration: 3:22 at 15 fps. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Photographed July 19, 1905. Location: Seventh and Eighth Avenues, New York, N.Y. This film employs ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • New York City at the Turn of the Century - The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906

    At the turn of the century, New York was the preeminent American city; it represented the "new metropolis." The great waves of European immigrants coming to New York, the consolidation of the ...

    • Original Format: Web Pages
    • Date: 1898
  • Panorama from the tower of Brooklyn Bridge /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 12Sept1903; H35636. Duration: 0:35 at 10 fps. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Photographed April 18, 1899. The view was taken from the tower on the Brooklyn side ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • America at the Turn of the Century A Look at the Historical Context - The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906

    The National Setting By 1900 the American nation had established itself as a world power. The West was won. The frontier -- the great fact of 300 years of American history -- ...

    • Original Format: Web Pages
    • Date: 1898
  • The skyscrapers of New York /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11Dec1906; H86424. Duration: 4:00 (part 1), 4:32 (part 2), and 3:08 (part 3) at 15 fps. Camera, Fred A. Dobson. This melodrama was filmed during the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
  • Delivering newspapers /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 24Apr1903; H30745. Duration: 0:53 at 15 fps. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer, Arthur Marvin. Photographed May 1, 1899. Location: New York, N.Y. The film shows a group ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Statue of Liberty /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 3Sept1898; 52060. Duration: 0:48 at 15 fps. Location: Bedloe's Island, New York. A three-quarter front view of the Statue of Liberty. The statue was erected twelve years earlier, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • At the foot of the Flatiron /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 2Nov1903; H37499. Duration: 2:19 at 15 fps. Camera, A.E. Weed. This street level view is of the Broadway side of the Flatiron, or Fuller Building, near ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • A street Arab /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 21Apr1898; 25336. Duration: 0:27 at 30 fps. Location: New York, N.Y. A preadolescent boy, dressed like a street urchin, performs acrobatic stunts for the camera. From a contemporary ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Panorama water front and Brooklyn Bridge from East River /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32037. Duration: 2:28 at 15 fps. Camera, Edwin S. Porter. Photographed May 9, 1903. This film depicts the East River shoreline and the piers of lower Manhattan ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Parade of "exempt" firemen /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 1Oct1903; H36401. Duration: 1:29 at 15 fps. Camera, Frederick S. Armitage. Photographed September 21, 1903. Location: Washington Square Park (Greenwich Village), New York, N.Y. The film ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Panorama of Flatiron Building /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 4June1903; H32387. Duration: 1:00 at 15 fps. Camera, Robert K. Bonine. This shows a view looking south from Madison Square, across the intersection of Broadway, Fifth ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • The Paper Print Film Collection at the Library of Congress - The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906

    Most of the films featured in the American Memory presentations are from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division. Because the copyright law ...

    • Original Format: Web Pages
    • Date: 1898
  • The Actuality Film - The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906

    The earliest popular venues for motion pictures were nickelodeons -- peep show parlors where machines played short film loops, or films on flip cards called mutoscopes, for individual viewers on demand. By ...

    • Original Format: Web Pages
    • Date: 1898
  • New York police parade, June 1st, 1899 /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 10June1899; 38517. Duration: 2:45 at 15 fps. Photographed June 1, 1899. Location: 14th Street and Broadway, New York, N.Y. The film shows members of "New York's Finest" parading ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Sorting refuse at incinerating plant, New York City /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32038. Duration: 1:42 at 15 fps. Camera, Edwin S. Porter. Photographed May 9, 1903. The subject is a group of about thirty men and boys who are ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Pioneer Cameramen - The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906

    Thomas Edison's great pioneer cameraman and film-maker was Edwin S. Porter, creator of The Life of an American Fireman (1902-1903) and The Great Train Robbery (1903). Porter shot four of the films ...

    • Original Format: Web Pages
    • Date: 1898
  • New York City dumping wharf /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32030. Duration: 1:21 at 15 fps. Camera, James Blair Smith. Photographed April 28, 1903. The film shows a wharf where a barge is being loaded with trash ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Bargain day, 14th Street, New York /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 20Apr1905; H59778. Duration: 1:22 at 15 fps. Camera, Frederick S. Armitage. Photographed April 1, 1905. Location: 14th Street, New York, N.Y. The film shows hundreds of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • Pilot boats in New York harbor /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 22Apr1899; 27966. Duration: 0:48 at 15 fps. A New York harbor pilot boat passes close enough for four members of the crew to be seen [Frame: 0471]. Following ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899