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

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  • Arrival of McKinley's funeral train at Canton, Ohio /

    Arrival of McKinley's funeral train at Canton, Ohio /

    It is apparent that the camera was placed on a platform of a train station. A steam locomotive pulling several passenger cars can be seen nearing the camera position and coming to a stop. The remainder of the film is concerned with the people who get off the train and walk off the platform. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: FUNERAL TRAIN ARRIVING ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • President Roosevelt at the Canton station /

    President Roosevelt at the Canton station /

    The film begins by showing Theodore Roosevelt arriving with other mourners at Canton, Ohio. Mr. Roosevelt is shown leaving the station and getting into his carriage. The remainder of the film was photographed by panning the camera over the large crowd gathered in the area to watch the arrival of celebrities attending the funeral of President McKinley. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • The great train robbery /

    The great train robbery /

    H38748 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 1Dec1903; H38748. Justus D. Barnes (head bandit), G. M. Anderson (slain passenger, tenderfoot, and robber), Walter Cameron (sheriff). Camera, Edwin S. Porter, J.B. Smith, and others. Incomplete: material in the Edison Collection (viewing copy and viewing print, copy 2) is incomplete. Footages have not been confirmed. Differences in footages may be due to different methods of ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Barnes, J. D. (Justus D.) - Anderson, Gilbert M. - Smith, James Blair - Marble, Scott - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Edison Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Museum of Modern Art Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • A romance of the rail /

    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 ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Taking President McKinley's body from train at Canton, Ohio /

    Taking President McKinley's body from train at Canton, Ohio /

    This film was photographed from two camera positions and shows the area where the guard of honor (pallbearers) is removing the casket containing the remains of President McKinley from the railroad car. The second camera position shows the pallbearers as they carry the casket to the hearse and place it inside. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: BODY LEAVING THE TRAIN AT CANTON, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • 10th U.S. Infantry, 2nd Battalion, leaving cars /

    10th U.S. Infantry, 2nd Battalion, leaving cars /

    "American infantry troops dressed in field uniforms of the Spanish-American War can be seen close to the foreground of the camera position. Three companies of men, in columns of fours, march by the camera. In the background are railroad passengers, indicating the film was photographed on a rail siding area." -- Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • 104th Street curve, New York, elevated railway /

    104th Street curve, New York, elevated railway /

    From Edison films catalog: Taken from the front platform of a special train run backward over the celebrated S curve. Not only are the passing trains and crowded platforms of great interest, but the view of up-town New York is an excellent one, showing acre upon acre of roofs, towers, steeples and towering apartment houses. As the "special" slows up at 92nd Street, a ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Catching an early train /

    Catching an early train /

    From Edison films catalog: Surburbanite [sic] is seen in bed chamber, discovers he has overslept himself, jumps out of bed, shirt, trousers, shoes, collar, tie, coat, vest, hat, cane, cigar and satchel arise from the floor and adjust themselves to him. Makes a hasty exit. Scene dissolves to a R.R. Station, showing surburbanite running to catch the rear end of a moving train. Class ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Overland Express arriving at Helena, Mont. /

    Overland Express arriving at Helena, Mont. /

    From Edison films catalog: It is train time. We look down the long platform, crowded with people, and see the famous N.P. Railway Overland Express approaching rapidly. In a moment the engine passes by, slowing down. Then comes one, two, three, four express cars, and behind them seven coaches and Pullmans. Passengers alight, baggage is unloaded, friends greet each other, station men run here ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900