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  • Pennsylvania Tunnel excavation /

    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

    New York City at the Turn of the Century - ...

    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
  • Elevated railroad, New York /

    Elevated railroad, New York /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 24Feb1903; H28548. Duration: 1:07 at 15 fps. The film was photographed from the front platform of a train traveling over elevated tracks in New York City. ...

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

    The Actuality Film - The Life of a Cit...

    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
  • What happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City /

    What happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 21Aug1901; H7985. Duration: 1:17 at 15 fps. A street level view from the sidewalk, looking along the length of 23rd Street. Following actuality footage of pedestrians and street ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • At the foot of the Flatiron /

    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
  • Panorama from the tower of Brooklyn Bridge /

    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
  • Skating on lake, Central Park /

    Skating on lake, Central Park /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 25Aug1902; H21313. Duration: 0:54 at 15 fps. Camera, Frederick S. Armitage. Photographed February 5, 1900. Location: Central Park, New York, N.Y. The view is of a ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906

    The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906

    This collection contains forty-five films of New York dating from 1898 to 1906 from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress. Of these, twenty-five were made by the American Mutoscope ...

    • Original Format: Web Pages
    • Date: 1898
  • Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River /

    Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32025. Duration: 3:23 at 15 fps. Camera, James Blair Smith. Filmed from a moving boat, the film depicts the Hudson River (i.e., North River) shoreline and the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Arrival of emigrants [i.e. immigrants], Ellis Island /

    Arrival of emigrants [i.e. immigrants], Ellis Island /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 9May1906; H77049. Duration: 3:27 at 15 fps. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Photographed April 27, 1906. Depicts scenes at the Immigration Depot and a nearby dock on ...

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

    The Paper Print Film Collection at the Library of Congress - ...

    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
  • Interior N.Y. subway, 14th St. to 42nd St. /

    Interior N.Y. subway, 14th St. to 42nd St. /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 5June1905; H61570. Duration: 3:37 (part 1) and 2:41 (part 2) at 15 fps. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Photographed May 21, 1905. Location: Interborough Subway, 14 St. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • Opening the Williamsburg Bridge /

    Opening the Williamsburg Bridge /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11Feb1904; H42039. Duration: 0:55 at 15 fps. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Photographed December 19, 1903. Location: East River, New York, N.Y. The film was shot on ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Panorama of Blackwell's Island, N.Y. /

    Panorama of Blackwell's Island, N.Y. /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32034. Duration: 2:23 at 15 fps. Camera, Edwin S. Porter. This film was photographed from a boat heading south along the eastern shore of Blackwell's Island (known ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • White Wings on review /

    White Wings on review /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32033. Duration: 3:53 at 15 fps. Camera, James Blair Smith. Photographed April 29, 1903. Location: New York, N.Y. Filmed on an unidentified street in New York City, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Excavating for a New York foundation /

    Excavating for a New York foundation /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 25Nov1903; H38561. Duration: 2:28 at 15 fps. Location: New York, N.Y. The scene is an excavation pit at an unidentified New York City construction site. A ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Departure of Peary [and the] "Roosevelt" from New York /

    Departure of Peary [and the] "Roosevelt" from New York /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 28July1905; H63906. Duration: 4:14 at 15 fps. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. The camera pans to show the schooner "Roosevelt" docked at a covered pier on the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • N.Y. Fire Department returning /

    N.Y. Fire Department returning /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 19May1903; H32003. Duration: 0:39 at 15 fps. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Photographed May 11, 1903. Shot at an unidentified location in New York City, the film ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Parade of horses on Speedway /

    Parade of horses on Speedway /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 8July1903; H33282. Duration: 0:52 at 15 fps. Camera, Robert K. Bonine. Photographed May 15, 1902. Location: West bank of Harlem River, New York, N.Y. The film ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Move on /

    Move on /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 27Oct1903; H37369. Duration: 1:42 at 15 fps. Camera, Alfred C. Abadie. Filmed in New York's Lower East Side, the scene is a street where several pushcart vendors have ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Panorama from Times Building, New York /

    Panorama from Times Building, New York /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11Apr1905; H59310. Duration: 2:04 at 15 fps. Camera, Wallace McCutcheon. The view is from the top of the then newly-erected Times Building, at a height of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • New York Harbor Police boat Patrol capturing pirates /

    New York Harbor Police boat Patrol capturing pirates /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32027. Duration: 2:09 at 15 fps. Camera, James Blair Smith, Edwin S. Porter. Photographed May 10, 1903. Location: Upper New York Bay. This was probably filmed in ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Panorama of Riker's Island, N.Y. /

    Panorama of Riker's Island, N.Y. /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32031. Duration: 2:15 at 15 fps. Camera, Edwin S. Porter. Photographed May 9, 1903. Location: East River, New York, N.Y. The film was photographed from a boat ...

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

    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
  • Bargain day, 14th Street, New York /

    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
  • Funeral of Hiram Cronk /

    Funeral of Hiram Cronk /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 25May1905; H61323. Duration: 3:51 at 15 fps. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Photographed May 17-18, 1905. Location: Brooklyn, New York, N.Y. The film shows a city thoroughfare ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • Sorting refuse at incinerating plant, New York City /

    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
  • Automobile parade /

    Automobile parade /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 6Feb1900; D3293. Duration: 1:52 at 15 fps. Ref print copies 1 and 2 and dupe neg copy 2 are low contrast; ref print copies 3 and 4 and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • 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

    America at the Turn of the Century A Look at the Historical C...

    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
  • Emigrants [i.e. immigrants] landing at Ellis Island /

    Emigrants [i.e. immigrants] landing at Ellis Island /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 24July1903; H33775. Duration: 2:20 at 15 fps. Camera, Alfred C. Abadie. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: EMIGRANTS LANDING AT ELLIS ISLAND. Shows a large open barge ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Lower Broadway /

    Lower Broadway /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 13Jun1903; H32629. Duration: 1:33 at 15 fps. Camera, Robert K. Bonine. Photographed May 15, 1902. Location: New York, N.Y. The film shows a view which appears ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • The skyscrapers of New York /

    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 /

    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
  • Broadway & Union Square, New York /

    Broadway & Union Square, New York /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 8Jul1903; H33290. Main title lacking. DLC Title, Broadway and Union Square, New York, taken from leader. DLC Film copyrighted under title: Broadway & Union Square, New ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • A perilous proceeding /

    A perilous proceeding /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 16Apr1902; H16639. Duration: 1:19 at 10 fps. Camera, James Congdon. Photographed October 21, 1901. Location: Broadway and 13th Street, New York, N.Y. The film follows a ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • Beginning of a skyscraper /

    Beginning of a skyscraper /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 18Apr1902; H16723. Duration: 0:25 at 15 fps. Camera, Robert K. Bonine. Photographed January 18, 1902. Location: New York, N.Y. The scene is an excavation site in ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • [Fireboat "New Yorker" in action--excerpts] /

    [Fireboat "New Yorker" in action--excerpts] /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32035. Duration: 1:59 at 15 fps. Camera, James Blair Smith. Photographed May 10, 1903. Location: New York Harbor. This excerpt shows a demonstration by the famous fireboat ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • New York City "ghetto" fish market /

    New York City "ghetto" fish market /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32029. Duration: 2:53 at 15 fps. Camera, James Blair Smith. Photographed May 1, 1903. The view, photographed from an elevated camera position, looks down on a very ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Opening of new East River bridge, New York /

    Opening of new East River bridge, New York /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 28Dec1903; H40151. Duration: 2:28 at 15 fps. Camera, James Blair Smith. Photographed December 19, 1903. Location: New York, N.Y. The first view is from the roadway of the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Star Theatre /

    Star Theatre /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 18Apr1902; H16735. Duration: 1:55 at 15 fps. Camera, Frederick S. Armitage. Photographed in 1901. Location: Broadway and 13th Street, New York, N.Y. Using time-lapse photography, the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • New York City dumping wharf /

    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
  • Buffalo Bill's wild west parade /

    Buffalo Bill's wild west parade /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 2July1902; H19660. Duration: 1:52 at 10 fps. Camera, Frederick S. Armitage. Photographed April 1, 1901. Location: Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. The film shows a parade ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • Pioneer Cameramen -                        The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906

    Pioneer Cameramen - The Life of a City...

    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
  • Panorama water front and Brooklyn Bridge from East River /

    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
  • Panorama of Flatiron Building /

    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