• W.S.S. Thriftettes /

    Copyright: no reg. Duration: 0:33 at 18 fps. A promotion for war savings stamps, reputed here to help confine Germany's Kaiser to a circus cage. Summary from Origin of American animation 1900-1921 notes. On reel with: Down on the phoney farm, and The man higher up. Reel also contains promos for a hospital fund drive. Total footage for reel: ca. 300 feet. DLC Digital ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1918
  • Bobby Bumps starts a lodge /

    Copyright: Bray Studios, Inc.; 21Sep16; MP723. Duration: 5:15 at 24 fps. Bobby Bumps plays a trick on his friend who wants to be initiated into his lodge. When his friend outsmarts him and saves his life, they both agree to be initiated into the lodge together. Summary from J. McIntire, Silent animated films at the Library of Congress, 1995. Additional holdings for this title ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1916
  • Mr. Nobody Holme--he buys a jitney /

    Copyright: International Film Service, Inc.; 1Feb16; MP517. Story, Tom E. Powers. Duration: 1:21 at 22 fps. An animated cartoon about Mr. Nobody Holme, who warms up his sluggish automobile with the assistance of a stick of dynamite. Summary from M/B/RS preliminary catalog card. Based on Tom Powers' newspaper comics. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1912-1939; Library of Congress video collection, v. 3, Origins ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1916
  • Policy and pie /

    Title appears in some sources as Policy & pie. Copyright: no reg. Duration: 3:31 (part 1) and 3:29 (part 2) at 22 fps. The Captain gets a life insurance policy and gives it to his wife. In gratitude she makes him a pie. The Katzenjammer Kids play a trick on the Captain and sneak toads into his pie so that he would think his ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1918
  • AWOL, all wrong old Laddiebuck /

    Copyright: no reg. Duration: 3:05 (part 1) and 2:35 (part 2) at 22 fps. From J. McIntire, Silent animated films at the Library of Congress: Concerns American soldiers in Europe after the armstice [sic]. One goes AWOL with "Joy" (Miss AWOL) and after a series of mishaps with her, he is thrown in a guard house while his fellow soldiers go home. From Origin ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1919
  • Keeping up with the Joneses. [Women's styles] /

    Copyright: no reg. Duration: 2:49 at 22 fps. "Mutual program." A domestic comedy about the McGinis family--husband Aloysius, wife Clarice, daughter Julie, and housemaid Belladonna. The simple story lines often parody society's concern with material goods as an indicator of social standing, but the series was not as narrowly focused as the title implies. The Joneses were the McGinis's neighbors, but were not depicted. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1915
  • Keeping up with the Joneses. [Men's styles] /

    Copyright: no reg. Duration: 3:34 at 22 fps. "Mutual program." A domestic comedy about the McGinis family--husband Aloysius, wife Clarice, daughter Julie, and housemaid Belladonna. The simple story lines often parody society's concern with material goods as an indicator of social standing, but the series was not as narrowly focused as the title implies. The Joneses were the McGinis's neighbors, but were not depicted. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1915
  • Notes on the Origins of American Animation, 1900-1921 -- Origins of American Animation

    Animated drawings were introduced to film a full decade after George Méliès had demonstrated in 1896 that objects could be set in motion through single-frame exposures. J. Stuart Blackton's 1906 animated chalk experiment Humorous Phases of Funny Faces was followed by the imaginative works of Winsor McCay, who made between four thousand and ten thousand separate line drawings for each of his three one-reel ...

    • Date: 1900
  • The phable of a busted romance /

    Copyright: International Film Service, Inc.; 7Jan16; MP507. Story, Tom E. Powers. Duration: 1:58 at 22 fps. An animated cartoon about a workman who recovers and returns Miss Gotrox's lost purse containing 10,000 dollars, and receives a Canadian dime as a reward. Summary from M/B/RS shelflist card. Based on Tom Powers' newspaper comics. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1916
  • About this Collection -- Origins of American Animation

    The development of early American animation is represented by this collection of 21 animated films and 2 fragments, which spans the years 1900 to 1921. The films include clay, puppet, and cut-out animation, as well as pen drawings. They point to a connection between newspaper comic strips and early animated films, as represented by Keeping Up With the Joneses, Krazy Kat, and The Katzenjammer ...

    • Date: 1900
  • Dreamy Dud--he resolves not to smoke /

    Copyright: Essanay Film Mfg. Co.; 22Jun15; MP356. Copyrighted along with Scenic picture (not on LC's copy). DLC Duration: 5:03 at 24 fps. Dreamy Dud steals a man's pipe because he is fascinated with smoking and blowing smoke rings. He smokes the pipe and the smoke turns into a ghost and carries him up to the moon and leaves him. Dud falls off the moon ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1915
  • Dud leaves home /

    Copyright: Bray Studios, Inc.; 9Oct19; MP1443. Duration: 4:57 at 22 fps. Dud wants to buy his girlfriend Maime an ice cream cone so he breaks open his mother's bank, and splits their last dime in half in the process. His mother punishes him so he runs away. Dud is scared by imaginary ghosts in the dark, so he runs back home where he gets ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1919
  • Never again! The story of a speeder cop /

    Copyright: International Film Service, Inc.; 4Feb16; MP519. Story, Tom E. Powers. Duration: 2:01 at 22 fps. An animated cartoon about an ineffectual policeman (Officer Heeler) who quits the force after a losing battle against speeders. Summary from M/B/RS preliminary catalog card. Based on Tom Powers' newspaper comics. Additional holdings for this title may be available. See reference librarian. DLC Available also through the Library ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1916