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

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  • The messenger boy's mistake /

    From Edison films catalog: "Cholly" wishes to call on his best girl and send her a large bouquet. To find out if the girl really loves him, he sends a note with the messenger boy requesting her to "wear this" if she does. The boy delivers the note and a package which the young lady opens and finds an old pair of trousers and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Red Cross ambulance on battlefield /

    From Edison films catalog: Near the center of this scene we see the regimental surgeon directing the movements of the Ambulance Corps. Tenderly they pick up the unfortunates and place them in the ambulance. The numbers disabled show that the battle has been a hot one, and many a poor fellow, if he survives his injuries, will carry to his grave the scars honorably ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • At the ball that's all

    sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog, 80 rpm ; 10 in. | Copyright: Remick Music Corp., 1913/Jerry Vogel Music Co., Inc. Cutout date: 11/21/1927. Chorus finale from Hill's musical 'My Friend from Kentucky' (1913), interpolated into the author's 'Darktown Follies' (1914) and into the 'Ziegfeld Follies of 1913.' Coupling date: 6/22/1915. (Venue). With (reverse side): At the Yiddish wedding jubilee / Maurice ...

    • Contributor: Edison - Hill, J. Leubrie (John Leubrie) - Mayo, Harry - Tally, Harry - Hill, J. Leubrie
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1915
  • Uncle Josh in a spooky hotel /

    From Edison films catalog: The landlord enters with his rural guest. After examining the bed and other things in the room, Josh takes a seat beside the landlord, who tells him that there is a rumor that a ghost appears in that room every night at 12 o'clock. The ghost then appears mysteriously and hits Josh a slap on the cheek. Thinking it was ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Astor Battery on parade /

    From The Phonoscope, January 1899, p. 15: As they appeared in New York on Saturday, January 21 [sic], 1899, on their return from active service in the Philippines. The picture is taken as they cross Broadway, Union Square, north. First come the mounted police, proud and prancing, then the band, then the famous Astor Battery, marching twenty-four abreast. As the second file approaches, the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • U.S. troops and Red Cross in the trenches before Caloocan /

    "Our troops have driven the Filipinos out of the trenches, and, after firing one or two volleys, press on in pursuit. The enemy returns the fire and the forward rush is marked by a trail of dead and wounded. Following close behind is the hospital corps. Stretchers are quickly brought out and the nurses tenderly care for the fallen and carry them to the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Transport "Whitney" leaving dock /

    From Edison films "war extra" catalog: This boat was the first one to leave for the South with troops. On board is a battalion of the 5th U.S. Infantry. She is a sidewheeler, and the churn of her wide paddles makes the white foam seethe and boil as she backs out of the dock. The constant seesaw of the walking beam on the upper ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Buffalo dance /

    Copyright: no reg. Performers: Last Horse, Parts His Hair, Hair Coat. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:15 at 20 fps. According to Edison film historian C. Musser, this film and others shot on the same day (see also Sioux ghost dance) featured Native American Indian dancers from Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, and constitutes the American Indian's first appearance before a motion picture camera. MAVIS ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • U.S. troops landing at Daiquirí, Cuba /

    "These are the first U.S. troops to land on Cuban soil, June 22, 1898. The picture shows a long perspective view of the pier at Baiquiri [sic], the point chosen so strategically for the landing of General Shafter's army. At the end of the wharf are the coal dumps and ore elevators used by the mining company operating the famous iron mines at Juragua, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • New York City "ghetto" fish market /

    The view, photographed from an elevated camera position, looks down on a very crowded New York City street market. Rows of pushcarts and street vendors' vehicles can be seen. The precise location is difficult to ascertain, but it is certainly on the Lower East Side, probably on or near Hester Street, which at the turn of the century was the center of commerce for ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • "Columbia" winning the Cup /

    "The decisive moment in the great International Yacht Races is shown in this picture. Against a background of well defined clouds, the Light Boat is seen marking the finishing line in this great aquatic struggle. As the Columbia crosses the line, followed closely by the Shamrock, we see the steam from the whistle of the Light Ship announcing the well earned victory of the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Esquimaux game of snap-the-whip /

    The film, photographed from a single camera position, shows a large tent of animal skins in front of which are two spectators watching two participants perform a game of skill using whips. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: SCENE IN THE ESQUIMAUX VILLAGE. Ungulado. [code for telegraphic orders]. The picture [shows] a number of Esquimaux picking nickels from cracks in a board with ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Pilot boats in New York harbor /

    A New York harbor pilot boat passes close enough for members of the crew to be seen [Frame: 0471]. Following the sailing vessel is a steamship [Frame: 0780]. "A close view of an eighty footer, schooner-rigged, trim as a private yacht, skimming over the waters of the harbor near Robin's Reef [i.e., Robbins Reef], which picturesque little lighthouse is seen in the near background. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Stanford University, California /

    "Taken at the above University, noted the world over, being the personal gift of the late Senator Leland Stanford. The view shows an immense arch in the background through which are seen coming groups of students, some walking, others on bicycles. The figures show life size, clear and distinct. The ivy covered walls of the building form the background to a pleasing picture"--F.Z. Maguire ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Panorama from the moving boardwalk /

    From Edison films catalog: The camera is stationed on the middle walk of the Platform Mobile, as the French call it, and gives further views and incidents of this Paris Exposition novelty. 100 feet. 15.00.

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

    sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog, 80 rpm ; 10 in. | Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: violin solo. Coupling date: 1/29/1919. (Venue). With (reverse side): Souvenir / Albert Spalding. DLC Sound Recording (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote (Form). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Edison - Spalding, Albert - Benoist, André
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1919
  • Hadj Cheriff /

    Copyright: no reg. Performer: Hadji L. Cheriff. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:19 at 30 fps. MAVIS 179351. Filmed October 6, 1894, in Edison's Black Maria studio. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 137. Received: 5-13-1994; viewing print; preservation; Hendricks (Gordon) Collection.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • Champs Elysees /

    From Edison films catalog: Near the main entrance. Hundreds of carriages and characteristic Parisian buses are passing. 75 feet. $11.25.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Onward, Christian soldiers!

    From Edison records catalog: "Onward, Christian Soldiers!" is called by commentators "a rousing hymn of Christian warfare." The words were written by Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould, a Roman Catholic writer and priest. He was born in England in 1834. Sir Arthur Sullivan, who wrote this music, is the Sullivan of the famous "Gilbert and Sullivan" operettas. He wrote every kind of music--the "Lost Chord" was ...

    • Contributor: Sullivan, Arthur
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1919
  • Jack and the beanstalk /

    From Edison films catalog: A grand spectacular performance in nine scenes and one tableau, illustrating the most popular fairy story ever written.... From this very simple and popular fairy tale we have produced a most pleasing, interesting and mirth producing play in motion pictures, introducing therein many surprising new tricks and dissolving effects. The subject was carefully studied, and every scene posed with a ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • Poor butterfly

    sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog, 80 rpm ; 10 in. | Copyright: Harms, Inc. 1916, 1944. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. In Edison Records catalog: fox trot, for dancing. Coupling date: 2/20/1917. (Venue). With (reverse side): Missouri waltz / Jaudas' Society Orchestra. DLC Sound Recording (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote (Form). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Edison - Hubbell, Raymond - Jaudas, Eugene - Jaudas' Band
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1917
  • Mount Tamalpais R.R.

    The following is a scene-by-scene description of the film: The first segment of the film was probably shot from the back of a passenger car being pushed up the grade by a locomotive (as was standard practice). The unseen locomotive is probably the 30-ton Heiser steam locomotive S.B. Cushing. The camera swings from east to north-northeast as the train approaches the summit station. [Frame: ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Introduction and tarentelle

    sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog, 80 rpm ; 10 in. | Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: violin solo. Coupling date: 5/27/1921. (Venue). With (reverse side): Arioso / Herman Kolodkin. DLC Sound Recording (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote (Form). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Edison - Sarasate, Pablo De - Violin, Mischa - Adler, Josef
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1921
  • Grandma and the bad boys /

    From Edison films catalog: The scene opens in the kitchen which is strewn with cooking utensils, indicating that grandma is busy preparing the Christmas pastry. Two bad boys of the red headed, freckled face type, enter. The mischievous expressions on their faces indicate that they have already planned a huge joke on grandma. One of the boys climbs to the kitchen table and takes ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • O patria mia Aïda

    sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog, 80 rpm ; 10 in. | Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: soprano with orchestra, in Italian. Coupling date: 3/16/1916. (Venue). With (reverse side): Explanatory talk / Harry E. Humphrey. DLC Sound Recording (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote (Form). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Edison - Verdi, Giuseppe - Rappold, Marie
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1916