Collection Inventing Entertainment: The Early Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies

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  • Second Hungarian rhapsodie, part I

    Coupling date: 11/22/1919. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: piano solo. With (reverse side): Second Hungarian rhapsodie, pt. II / Sergei Rachmaninoff.

    • Contributor: Liszt, Franz - Rachmaninoff, Sergei - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1920
  • Going to the fire /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: This scene shows almost the entire Fire Department led by the Chief, responding to an alarm. The horses, said to be the finest of their kind in the country, present a thrilling spectacle as they dash rapidly by, flecked with foam, and panting from the exertion of their long gallop.

    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1896
  • A day with Thomas A. Edison /

    A six-part documentary recording the 74-year-old Edison's collaborations with his staff, conversations with industrial leaders, and supervision of the factory's production line. The majority of the film (parts 3, 4, and 5) chronicles Edison's trip to the incandescent light bulb factory and details its manufacturing process.

    • Contributor: Schroeder, A. - General Electric Company - Bray Studios - Edison Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1922
  • [Men boxing] /

    Experimental film fragment made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film.

    • Contributor: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy Laurie) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Edison Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1891
  • Passaic Falls /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A beautiful picture of the falls of the Passaic River, near Paterson, N.J.

    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1896
  • Caprice Espagnol

    Coupling date: 1/29/1919. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: violin solo. With (reverse side): Souvenir / Albert Spalding.

    • Contributor: Spalding, Albert - Benoist, André - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1919
  • Myona-Hawaiian waltz

    Coupling date: 6/30/1920. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. With (reverse side): Kaiwi waltz (Old Hawaiian melody) / Toots Paka's Hawaiians.

    • Contributor: Waikiki Hawaiian Orchestra - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1921
  • The fleet steaming up North River /

    From Edison films catalog: Shows the "Brooklyn," flying Schley's twin-starred blue flag. Every detail brought out with wonderful clearness. Excursion craft in the distance. Bow of the "Indiana" appears toward end of film. 150 feet. $22.50.

    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Pilot boats in New York harbor /

    A New York harbor pilot boat passes close enough for four members of the crew to be seen [Frame: 0471]. Following the sailing vessel is a steamship [0780]. From a contemporary Edison Company catalog: PILOT BOATS IN NEW YORK HARBOR. Unboys [code for telegraphic orders]. A close view of an eighty footer, schooner rigged, trim as a private yacht, skimming over the waters of ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • The aba daba honeymoon

    Copyright: Leo Feist Inc., 1914; renewed by Arthur Fields and Walter Donovan, July 10, 1942. Coupling date: 10/26/1914. Cutout date: 11/21/1927. On label: baritone and tenor, orchestra accompaniment. With (reverse side): My croony melody / Billy Murray and chorus.

    • Contributor: Fields, Arthur - Donovan, Walter - Collins, Arthur - Harlan, Byron G. - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1914
  • [Newark athlete. Fragment 1] /

    Experimental film fragment made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film.

    • Contributor: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy Laurie) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Edison Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1891
  • Night time in Little Italy

    Coupling date: 1/17/1919. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: fox trot. With (reverse side): Dry town blues / Lou Chiha "Friscoe."

    • Contributor: Frisco Jazz Band - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1919
  • Die Schnitzelbank

    Coupling date: 2/22/1921. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: In Deutsch. With (reverse side): Im Grumewald ist Holzauktion (A wood auction in the greenforest) / Manhattan Quartett.

    • Contributor: Manhattan Quartett - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1921
  • La sonnambula. Ah! non credia mirarti

    Coupling date: 5/11/1915. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: soprano solo in Italian, orchestra accompaniment. With (reverse side): Explanatory talk / Harry E. Humphrey.

    • Contributor: Bellini, Vincenzo - Case, Anna - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1915
  • The U.S. Field Artillery march

    Copyright: Carl Fischer, Inc., 1917, 1945. John Philip Sousa's arrangement of the E.L. Gruber song, "The caissons go rolling along." Coupling date: 6/30/1920. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. With (reverse side): Piccolo pie / Creatore and His Band.

    • Contributor: Sousa, John Philip - New York Military Band - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1921
  • [Newark athlete.

    Experimental film fragment made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film. This is the "reanimated" version of the fragment by Gordon Hendricks.

    • Contributor: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy Laurie) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1891
  • Old pal (Why don't you answer me?)

    Pianoforte by Daniel Lieberield. Coupling date: 8/15/1921. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: violin solo. With (reverse side): Smilin' through / Herbert Soman.

    • Contributor: Jerome, M. K. - Soman, Herbert - Lieberield, Daniel - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1921
  • In my heart, on my mind all day long<Ïh[sound recording] ; I wonder if you still care for me /

    Coupling date: 11/18/1921. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: xylophone with orchestra. With (reverse side): Tuck me to sleep (In my old Kentucky home) / Lou Chiha "Friscoe."

    • Contributor: Chiha, Lou - Kalmar, Bert - Ruby, Harry - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1921
  • Close view of the "Brooklyn," naval parade /

    From Edison films catalog: Schley's flagship at close range, showing shot hole in the middle of funnel, near deck. She flies a frayed and tattered battle flag. 50 feet. $7.50.

    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Tancuj, tancuj

    Coupling date: 5/20/1921. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: baritone in Czecho-Slovak. With (reverse side): Aj, lucka lucka siroka (Oh the wide, wide field) / Alois Havrilla.

    • Contributor: Havrilla, Alois - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1921
  • A romance of the rail /

    From Edison films catalog: A series of railroad scenes of novel and amusing interest. It opens with a view of an imposing station showing a pretty girl, dressed in white, seated on a trunk awaiting the arrival of her train. A young man approaches, also dressed in white, and the two immediately fall in love. The Lackawanna Limited then rolls into the station and ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • 12th Street rag

    Copyright: 1914; Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. Coupling date: 2/1/1921. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. With (reverse side): American pep march / Imperial Marimba Band.

    • Contributor: Bowman, Euday L. (Euday Louis) - Imperial Marimba Band - Edison - Bowman, Euday L.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1921
  • Fireboat "New Yorker" in action /

    A demonstration by the famous fireboat "New Yorker." The picture shows the fireboat with all its nozzles spurting water as it goes back and forth in front of the camera. Put in service on February 1, 1891 as Engine Company 57, the "New Yorker" was stationed at the Battery near Castle Garden, where her crew lived aboard. She was 125 feet long, 25 feet ...

    • Contributor: Smith, James Blair - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Fireboat "New Yorker" answering an alarm /

    "Firemen board the fireboat New Yorker docked at the Battery, New York City; pull anchor; shove off; and proceed out into the harbor"--George Kleine Collection...catalog.

    • Contributor: Smith, James Blair - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Kitten on the keys

    Copyright: E503560 (1921), E513620 (1921); renewed 9 May 1949 by Edward E. Confrey; renewed 20 May 1948 by Edward Elzear Confrey. Coupling date: 12/31/1921. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: piano solo. With (reverse side): Monastery bells waltz / Harry Lange.

    • Contributor: Confrey, Zez - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1922