• Little mischief /

    Little mischief /

    From Edison films catalog: Papa is reading his newspaper and his little girl tickles his neck with a long straw. Thinking it is a fly papa "shoos" away the supposed fly with his hand. The tickling continues now on the ear, and papa waves his newspaper around his head. Not yet content, the little mischief maker continues her fun, and the man loses all ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Statue of Liberty /

    Statue of Liberty /

    A three-quarter front view of the Statue of Liberty. The statue was erected twelve years earlier, in 1886.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Wash day in Mexico /

    Wash day in Mexico /

    From Edison films catalog: In front of each bare headed woman is a flat rock, used as a wash board. Stream of water near by. Naked Mexican child is playing in the foreground. 50 feet. $7.50. Advertised as part of the "Mexican International R. R. Series" (Edison films catalog): The interesting views catalogued below were photographed by our artists, while enjoying the special privileges ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • 2nd Special Service Battalion, Canadian Infantry--parade /

    2nd Special Service Battalion, Canadian Infantry--parade /

    From Edison films catalog: This picture shows the Canadian troops departing from Quebec for the war in the Transvaal. The scene opens with the soldiers clad in campaign uniform, marching under the triumphal arch, cheered by thousands of spectators who are waving English flags.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • U.S. Infantry supported by Rough Riders at El Caney /

    U.S. Infantry supported by Rough Riders at El Caney /

    From Edison films catalog: Up the road comes a detachment of infantry, firing, advancing, kneeling and firing, again and again. The advance of the foot soldiers is followed by a troop of Rough Riders, riding like demons, yelling and firing revolvers as they pass out of sight. Other troops follow in quick succession, pressing on to front. 100 feet. $15.00

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Morro Castle, Havana Harbor /

    Morro Castle, Havana Harbor /

    From Edison films "war extra" catalog: A most excellent picture of the grim old fortress which stands at the entrance of Havana Harbor. The high ramparts and lofty battlements look very formidable. Parts of the stronghold date back to the seventeenth century. While the yacht from which the picture is taken sails around the promontory, an excellent view is afforded of the entire fortress. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • South Spring Street, Los Angeles, Cal. /

    South Spring Street, Los Angeles, Cal. /

    From Edison films catalog: Various equipages pass, including a tally-ho and six white horses. A peculiar, open-end trolley car comes along; bicycle riders and pedestrians. 50 feet. $7.50. Advertised as part of the "Southern Pacific Company Series" (Edison films catalog): The Southern Pacific Company ("Sunset Route") offers special inducements to winter travelers, by reason of its southern route, thereby avoiding the extreme cold of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • President McKinley's funeral cortege at Washington, D.C. /

    President McKinley's funeral cortege at Washington, D.C. /

    The photographer covered the subject, the funeral cortege of President McKinley, from many different positions along the line of march. The people shown are those who preceded the hearse and those who followed after it. First come the walking military (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard) [end of part 2], and then ranking military dignitaries who immediately precede the hearse. Following the escorted hearse ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Esquimaux game of snap-the-whip /

    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
  • Down the old Potomac /

    Down the old Potomac /

    Follows a week-long, 180-mile trip on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal through the Potomac Valley from Cumberland, Md., to Washington, D.C. Includes scenes of the locks in operation; a mile-long, hand-dug tunnel which was built in 1840; coal barges plying the canal; Maryland farming country; Harper's Ferry; and Great Falls.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1917
  • Corbett and Courtney before the Kinetograph /

    Corbett and Courtney before the Kinetograph /

    From F.M. Prescott catalog: This fight consists of six rounds, each round on a film 150 feet long. It is not a fac-simile [sic] or a "fake" of any description, but an actual contest between James J. Corbett, former champion of the world, and Peter Courtney. The films are listed as "1st Round," "2nd Round," "3rd Round," "4th Round," "5th Round," and "6th Round"... ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • Sampson-Schley controversy /

    Sampson-Schley controversy /

    From Edison films catalog: This subject is in three scenes, showing beautiful dissolving effects. Scene 1 shows Admiral Schley upon the bridge of the Brooklyn commanding the American Fleet in Santiago Harbor. The Spanish fleet is seen to emerge from Santiago Harbor. Simultaneously ships and forts open fire on the American fleet. Scene 2. The Man Behind the Gun. The gun crews are seen ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Trick bears /

    Trick bears /

    77519 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 27Nov1899; 77519. Duration: 1:49 at 16 fps. Filmed ca. June to September 1899, probably in Orange, New Jersey. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 526; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Freight train /

    Freight train /

    From Edison films catalog: The long train is just coming out of the tunnel. An engine and a header, nineteen freight cars, a caboose and a pusher engine creep slowly round the curve and up the steep grade. Fine smoke effects. Magnificent scenery. 100 feet. $15.00. Advertised as part of the "Southern Pacific Company Series" (Edison films catalog): The Southern Pacific Company ("Sunset Route") ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • 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
  • Panorama of Blackwell's Island, N.Y. /

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

    This film was photographed from a boat heading south along the eastern shore of Blackwell's Island (known today as Roosevelt Island). The island lies in the East River, between Manhattan (which can be seen in the background) and Long Island City, Queens. It is approximately one and three-quarters of a mile long, extending from 51st Street to 88th, and at the time of the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Bucking broncho /

    Bucking broncho /

    From Raff & Gammon price list: An out-of-door scene. The men and horse of this subject are from "Buffalo Bill's Wild West." 15.00. From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A cowboy riding an unruly "bronco." From Edison films catalog: A fine exhibition of horsemanship by Lee Martin, a genuine cowboy. This particular broncho is an unusually wicked one. 40 feet. $6.00.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • Loading baggage for Klondike, no. 6 /

    Loading baggage for Klondike, no. 6 /

    From Edison films catalog: This was the first ship sailing for the Klondike from Seattle during the gold rush of 1897. The picture shows the excitement and enthusiasm that attended the great Klondike exodus. Crowds of anxious gold seekers watch the loading of their outfits, clothing, kits and provisions into the hole of the "Williamette." 50 feet. $7.50. Advertised as part of the "Northern ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • New Black Diamond express /

    New Black Diamond express /

    From Edison films catalog: This picture was taken at one of the curves on the Lehigh Valley Railroad, along the beautiful Susquehanna River. The train is seen rapidly approaching in the distance, clearly outlined against the grey mountains. Smoke can be seen pouring in volumes from the stack of the locomotive, and as the train approaches closely, she sounds a whistle, warning some section ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Union Iron Works /

    Union Iron Works /

    From Edison films catalog: Here was built the peerless battleship "Oregon." The scene is taken at lunch hour, and shows a great throng of employees leaving the shop. 50 feet. 7.50. Advertised as part of the "Southern Pacific Company Series" (Edison films catalog): The Southern Pacific Company ("Sunset Route") offers special inducements to winter travelers, by reason of its southern route, thereby avoiding the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Skirmish of Rough Riders /

    Skirmish of Rough Riders /

    From Edison films catalog: Shielded by a thick bit of timber at a turn of the road stands a company of mounted men, awaiting the order to advance. In the foreground, left as the flotsam of battle, is a dead horse from the shelter of which two marksmen are picking off the enemy. Suddenly comes the command, "Forward," and the riders dash up the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Esquimaux leap-frog /

    Esquimaux leap-frog /

    The film, photographed from a single camera position, shows buildings resembling igloos on ice floes, in front of which persons clothed as Eskimos play a game of leapfrog. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: SCENE IN THE ESQUIMAUX VILLAGE. Ungulado. [code for telegraphic orders]. This shows several Esquimaux at the game of "Misheetak," or leap frog, which differs somewhat from the civilized game, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Admiral Dewey landing at Gibraltar /

    Admiral Dewey landing at Gibraltar /

    War hero Adm. George Dewey, famous for his victory at Manila Bay early in the war, was filmed during his trip back to the United States at Gibraltar in early September 1899.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Soldiers washing dishes /

    Soldiers washing dishes /

    Some men in military uniform, others in civilian clothes, bringing cups and cutlery to wash, tents and building in background. Actual washing not shown.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Panorama of the moving boardwalk /

    Panorama of the moving boardwalk /

    From Edison films catalog: This picture was taken from the stationary platform, showing the rapidly moving board walk on the outer edge, which has a speed of five miles per hour; also shows the middle platform moving two and a-half miles per hour, the third platform being stationary. At intervals there are upright posts to steady passengers passing from one platform to the other. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Montreal Fire Department on runners /

    Montreal Fire Department on runners /

    From Edison films catalog: First comes the Chief's sleigh with old-fashioned side runners, containing the Chief and his driver. Next comes a chemical apparatus mounted on a stout double runner sled, which is followed closely by hose apparatus mounted on double runner sleds. Next comes a water tower mounted on a set of double runners and drawn by four beautiful horses. This is followed ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • The old maid having her picture taken /

    The old maid having her picture taken /

    From Edison films catalog: Scene opens in a photographer's studio. A typical old maid, impersonated by Mr. Gilbert Saroni [sic], enters to have her picture made. While the photographer is making his camera ready the old maid walks about the studio. She first looks at a hanger with a number of photo samples, which immediately falls from the wall, not being able to stand ...

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

    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 ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Admiral cigarette /

    Admiral cigarette /

    44332 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: Thos. A. Edison; 5Aug1897; 44332. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:25 at 30 fps. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • An artist's dream /

    An artist's dream /

    From Edison films catalog: The scene opens in the interior of an artist's studio. Mephisto appears mysteriously and signals the pictures to come to life. They step down from the frames and walk forward, admiring their costumes. Mephisto then touches the artist on the shoulder, awaking him, and disappears. The artist, after rubbing his eyes, sees the picture on his right hand side and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • The lone fisherman /

    The lone fisherman /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Illustrating "fisherman's luck." Sure to make a hit. From Edison films catalog: Depicts the patient fisherman, sitting on the end of a plank, waiting for a bite. Practical joker comes along and removes stone from other end of plank. 115 feet. $17.25.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1896
  • After launching /

    After launching /

    From Edison films catalog: Taken near the Union Works, San Francisco, Cal., immediately after the launching of the Japanese Man-of-war "Chitose." The scene opens with the pleasure yacht "Unadilla" passing in the immediate foreground, her decks loaded with passengers. The boat slowly passes, until the stern is directly to the audience. The water in the wake of the yacht is churned by her screw ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Panorama of Eiffel Tower /

    Panorama of Eiffel Tower /

    From Edison films catalog: Showing the entire height of this wonderful structure from the base of the dome and return, with the great Paris Exposition in the background, looking down Champs de Mars. A most realistic picture. 90 feet. $13.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Sham battle at the Pan-American Exposition /

    Sham battle at the Pan-American Exposition /

    Large arches and columns are seen surrounding a flat field. In the foreground of the field, some American Indians on horseback ride toward the camera. The Indians are wearing feathers, war paint, and are carrying frontier rifles across the bare backs of their horses. In the middle of this flat area, men dressed as U.S. Army troops in battle regalia are lined up in ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Caicedo (with pole) /

    Caicedo (with pole) /

    From Raff & Gammon price list: The "King of the Wire" in his marvelous slack wire performance. $10.00.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River /

    Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River /

    Filmed from a moving boat, the film depicts the Hudson River (i.e., North River) shoreline and the piers of lower Manhattan beginning around Fulton Street and extending to Castle Garden and Battery Park. It begins at one of the American Line piers (Pier 14 or 15, opposite Fulton Street) where an American Line steamer, either the "New York" or "Paris," is seen docked [Frame: ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • President McKinley's funeral cortege at Buffalo, N.Y. /

    President McKinley's funeral cortege at Buffalo, N.Y. /

    The photography in this film is from several camera positions. The first position was over the heads of the crowds that lined the street watching the cortege begin. Mounted police precede the escort for the funeral procession. the next camera position is from the other side of the spectators and reveals the escort of various military organizations represented (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, West Point ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • A street Arab /

    A street Arab /

    A preadolescent boy, dressed like a street urchin, performs acrobatic stunts for the camera. From a contemporary Edison Company catalog: A STREET ARAB. Umreichen [code for telegraphic orders]. Shows one of New York's street gamins going through various acrobatic evolutions; he turns handsprings backward and forward, walks the crab, does cart wheels and other kindred feats. An exceptionally unique part of the performance is ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Scene in the Swiss village at Paris Exposition /

    Scene in the Swiss village at Paris Exposition /

    From Edison films catalog: The picture opens with a crowd of Swiss boys and girls dressed in native costumes, marching down the street in this very unique and picturesque village. Each happy and smiling face is clearly shown as they pass the camera. The scene ends by the boys and girls congregating in the square and dancing to the strains of an accordion played ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Uncle Josh at the moving picture show /

    Uncle Josh at the moving picture show /

    From Edison films catalog: Here we present a side-splitter. Uncle Josh occupies a box at a vaudeville theatre, and a moving picture show is going on. First there appears upon the screen a dancer. Uncle Josh jumps to the stage and endeavors to make love to her, but she flits away, and immediately there appears upon the screen the picture of an express train ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • English lancers charging /

    English lancers charging /

    From Edison films catalog: The stubborn resistance of the Boers is shown by the activity and persistency with which they fire the two large field pieces immediately in the foreground. It seems, indeed, a hopeless matter to attempt to capture and overthrow such an invulnerable position. The British Lancers are seen advancing, urged on by their officers, with the Royal colors flying in the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • A morning alarm /

    A morning alarm /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogues: This shows the Fire Department leaving headquarters for an early morning fire. The scene is remarkable for its natural effect. The opening of the engine house doors, the prancing of the horses, and even the startled expression upon the faces of the spectators, are all clearly depicted. From Edison films catalog: Shows a Newark fire company just leaving the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1896
  • Breaking of the crowd at military review at Longchamps [sic] /

    Breaking of the crowd at military review at Longchamps [sic] /

    From Edison films catalog: This picture shows thousands of people leaving their seats in the grand stand and going across the parade grounds toward Paris. A very sharp and clear picture. 50 feet. 7.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Panorama of the Paris Exposition, from the Seine /

    Panorama of the Paris Exposition, from the Seine /

    From Edison films catalog: This panoramic scene is taken from a Seine steamboat and gives a rapid view of the banks of the river. The launch steams under six bridges and past the Street of Nations. The United States Building is a prominent white domed structure, gay with national flags. The picture ends at the famous three million dollar bridge, the Point Alexander III. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Capture of Boer battery /

    Capture of Boer battery /

    From New York clipper: By the Gordon Highlanders. In the foreground are two Creusot guns, manned by the Dutch burghers. Smoke effects are due. The Highlanders are seen in the distance, approaching rapidly, easily distinguished by their kilts and bare legs. They sweep all before them, leaving the guns smoking and deserted as they pursue the flying Boers.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Love in a hammock /

    Love in a hammock /

    From Edison films catalog: A happy young couple are seated in a hammock under an old oak tree, ardently making love and evidently totally oblivious to all that is taking place about them. Two bad boys suddenly appear upon the scene, and one of them climbs into the tree while the other keeps watch. The urchin in the tree scrambles out on an overhanging ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • The boxing cats (Prof. Welton's) /

    The boxing cats (Prof. Welton's) /

    From Raff & Gammon price list: A very interesting and amusing subject. $10.00.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • Admiral Dewey receiving the Washington and New York committees /

    Admiral Dewey receiving the Washington and New York committees /

    From Edison films catalog: Showing Committee of Arrangements' visit to the Admiral on board the U.S. Cruiser Olympia. 100 feet. $15.00

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Fishing smacks /

    Fishing smacks /

    From F.Z. Maguire catalogue: Taken at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, Cal., with a large fleet of fishing boats at anchor. The crews are engaged in mending nets, arranging lines, etc., all of which lend action to the view. The figures are clear and life size, and the scene is truthfully reproduced.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Hockey match on the ice /

    Hockey match on the ice /

    From Edison films catalog: The skaters dart to and fro, swinging their hockeys and trying to hit the disc toward the goal. 150 feet. $22.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Trained cavalry horses /

    Trained cavalry horses /

    From Edison films catalog: Shows the wonderful intelligence of these Troop F, 6th U.S. Cavalry, horses. At a command they lie down promptly, and at another order scramble to their feet. 50 feet. $7.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • 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
  • Major General Shafter /

    Major General Shafter /

    From Edison films catalog: The commander of the 5th Army Corps rides forward with a party of officers. He wears a white helmet, a broad expanse of shirt bosom and a general air of avoirdupois. 50 feet. $7.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Sioux ghost dance /

    Sioux ghost dance /

    From Raff & Gammon price list: A very interesting subject, full of action and true to life. From Edison films catalog: One of the most peculiar customs of the Sioux Tribe is here shown, the dancers being genuine Sioux Indians, in full war paint and war costumes. 40 feet. 7.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Palace /

    Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Palace /

    The single camera position is from the top of a building identified as the Trocadero Palace; the camera is pointed toward the Eiffel Tower. The film shows only up to the first arch of the Eiffel Tower.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Admiral Dewey leading land parade, no. 2 /

    Admiral Dewey leading land parade, no. 2 /

    "Showing Central Park in back-ground. 200 feet. $30.00"--Edison films catalog. One of 20 films advertised in Edison films catalog under the category "Dewey Doings." From the catalog: We equipped eight parties on the occasion of Admiral Dewey's arrival in New York Harbor, Wednesday, September 27th, 1899, and secured the following excellent moving pictures of the Admiral and his great ship, together with the stirring ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Boers bringing in British prisoners /

    Boers bringing in British prisoners /

    From Edison films catalog: Here we have a mixed Company of Gordon Highlanders, Irish Fusilliers and English Lancers, as a group of prisoners taken to the rear by a troop of Boer Cavalry. The expression of their faces show who is the victor, and who the vanquished. You can read in the dust and smoke-begrimed countenances of the prisoners, the story of their stubborn ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • The first sleigh-ride /

    The first sleigh-ride /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogues: This subject taken just after the recent first fall of snow, shows two enthusiastic horsemen indulging in a "brush" with their respective horses and cutters.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Japanese village /

    Japanese village /

    At the beginning of the film, at a distance of about one-hundred feet, is a two-story building with a balcony, some tropical plants, and a telephone pole. A young Japanese man appears directly in front of the camera. He is accompanied by two small Japanese boys attired in tight knee britches and rather loose sleeved blouses. The three of them exhibit their gymnastic powers ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • New York Harbor Police boat Patrol capturing pirates /

    New York Harbor Police boat Patrol capturing pirates /

    This was probably filmed in the southern part of the Upper New York Bay looking towards the Narrows, with Fort Lafayette partly visible in the far background. The subject is a simulated capture by the police gunboat "Patrol" of three "pirates" in a rowboat. Puffs of smoke appear as the gunboat fires several rounds from the bow cannon, which can be clearly seen later ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Capture of trenches at Candaba /

    Capture of trenches at Candaba /

    From Edison films catalog: The Filipinos execute a flank movement and re-occupy the trenches, cutting off the advance guard of Americans. The rebel flag waves over the ditch and they defend their position bravely. A fierce charge by our soldiers makes them give way and they scatter in all directions. The officer in command pays dearly for his desperate sortie. Just as his horse ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • The mysterious cafe /

    The mysterious cafe /

    From Edison films catalog: As the above title indicates, the scene does not take place in an ordinary restaurant, but one in which all natural rules of order and gravitation are reversed. The couple above mentioned have a most trying experience while endeavoring to partake of a square meal. They find themselves flying about the room from chairs to table, and vice versa, until ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Sheep run, Chicago stockyards /

    Sheep run, Chicago stockyards /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A large flock of sheep being driven over the runs from the cars to the slaughter beds. The sheep, pressed by the driver and frightened by the surroundings and confusion, move very fast. Advertised as part of the "Erie Railroad Series" (Edison films catalog): The following subjects present novel and interesting views along the line of the Erie, such ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • The mob outside the Temple of Music at the Pan-American Exposition /

    The mob outside the Temple of Music at the Pan-American Expos...

    The camera was positioned at such a height behind a large group of people outside an exhibit building that mainly hats are visible. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: THE MOB OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE OF MUSIC AT THE PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION. Unglorify. [code for telegraphic orders]. On Friday, September 6th, 1901, we had our cameras in position to photograph the President as he left ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Bird's-eye view of San Francisco, Cal., from a balloon /

    Bird's-eye view of San Francisco, Cal., from a balloon /

    As early as 1874, passenger balloon flights were being made over San Francisco. San Franciscans - and Americans in general - were fascinated with the thrills and dangers of flight. Although balloon technology had not advanced greatly by the turn of the century, attempts at man-powered flight were sustaining public interest. The era of powered flight arrived in 1903 with the Wright brothers' flight ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • Close view of the "Brooklyn," naval parade /

    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.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • [Dickson experimental sound film] /

    [Dickson experimental sound film] /

    Experimental sound film made for Edison's kinetophone -- a combination of the kinetoscope and phonograph -- but apparently never distributed. The LC copy is silent. Features two men dancing to a violinist.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1895
  • Seminary girls /

    Seminary girls /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A most amusing and life-like scene, in which a number of young ladies clad in their night robes, are seen engaged in a midnight frolic. From Edison films catalog: A number of young ladies, in their night robes, are having a frolic, and are interrupted by a teacher. One girl makes herself very conspicuous by crawling under a bed. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Discharging a Whitehead torpedo /

    Discharging a Whitehead torpedo /

    From Edison films catalog: Taken on board the U.S. torpedo boat "Morris." It shows the crew loading a Whitehead torpedo into the tube and then discharging it. The torpedo can be seen running along the surface of the water for a distance of over half a mile. 75 feet. $11.25.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Troop ships for the Philippines /

    Troop ships for the Philippines /

    Shows the departure from San Francisco of two troop ships, the S.S. Australia and the S.S. City of Sydney, bound for Manila during the Spanish-American War. The first ship shown is the Australia with many troops on deck, some waving. The ship's name is visible on the hull at the end of the sequence. The second ship, the City of Sydney, is shown being ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Capture of Boer battery by British /

    Capture of Boer battery by British /

    From Edison films catalog: Nothing can exceed the stubborn resistance shown by the Gordon Highlanders, as we see them steadily advancing in the face of a murderous fire of the Boers, who are making their guns speak with rapid volleys. One by one the gunners fall beside their guns, and as the smoke clears for an instant the Highlanders are seen gaining nearer and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • The unappreciated joke /

    The unappreciated joke /

    From Edison films catalog: Scene, interior of a street-car. A stout man enters and sits down alongside of a friend and proceeds to read a comic paper. He shows a joke in the paper to his friend, and they both laugh heartily. The friend leaves the car, and his absence is not noted by the stout man. An elderly matron takes the seat. Without ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • The great train robbery /

    The great train robbery /

    From Edison films catalog: This sensational and highly tragic subject will certainly make a decided "hit" whenever shown. In every respect we consider it absolutely the superior of any moving picture ever made. It has been posed and acted in faithful duplication of the genuine "Hold Ups" made famous by various outlaw bands in the far West, and only recently the East has been ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Maude's naughty little brother /

    Maude's naughty little brother /

    From Edison films catalog: In a charming dining room a very attractive young lady is seen seated at the table, evidently waiting for the caller who is to share a quiet little dinner for two. A moment later a dude of the regular chappy type enters and seats himself at the table. As soon as the meal commences the inevitable wicked small boy sneaks ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Execution of Czolgosz, with panorama of Auburn Prison /

    Execution of Czolgosz, with panorama of Auburn Prison /

    The film begins by showing railroad cars in the foreground with the overshadowing walls of a state prison in the background. The second camera position, from a higher elevation, pans slowly showing the yard interior of the prison and some of the large buildings. There is a dissolve from the exterior to the interior, a set of a stone wall with an iron barred ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • 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
  • What happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City /

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

    A street level view from the sidewalk, looking along the length of 23rd Street. Following actuality footage of pedestrians and street traffic, the actors, a man in summer attire and a woman in an ankle-length dress, walk toward the camera. As they cross a grate on the sidewalk they pause, and the escaping air blows the woman's dress to her knees. From a contemporary ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Carmencita /

    Carmencita /

    Copyright: no reg. Performer: Carmencita. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:21 at 30 fps. According to Edison film historian C. Musser, Spanish dancer Carmencita was the first woman to appear in front of an Edison motion picture camera. Six months before filming, she had been performing at Koster & Bial's Music Hall in New York City since February 1890. MAVIS 179915; Carmencita. Filmed March 10-16, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • An animated luncheon /

    An animated luncheon /

    From Edison films catalog: The scene takes place in a fashionable cafe. A well dressed couple enter and after a careful perusal of the menu, conclude on an order of boiled eggs and Welsh rarebit. The obliging waiter delivers the order. The guests break open the eggs, and two beautiful white chickens fly across the room. The diners then perform a similar trick with ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Robetta and Doretto, [no. 2] /

    Robetta and Doretto, [no. 2] /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: The pursuit of Hop Lee by an irate policeman.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • Horse parade at the Pan-American Exposition /

    Horse parade at the Pan-American Exposition /

    There is a paved street in the foreground and on the curbing on the opposite side spectators have gathered to watch a parade. In the background are several large exposition buildings. A band in uniform passes the camera, and following that are many show horses of various types led by their handlers. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: HORSE PARADE AT THE PAN-AMERICAN ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Return of lifeboat /

    Return of lifeboat /

    From Edison films catalog: Shows a life boat coming through the breakers. The surf is high and the stout boat is tossed about like a cork. 50 feet. $7.50. Advertised as part of the "Pacific Coast Life Saving Service Series" (Edison films catalog): These subjects are illustrative of the work performed by the Life Saving Corps of the United States Government, and show the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Secretary Long and Captain Sigsbee /

    Secretary Long and Captain Sigsbee /

    From Edison films "war extra" catalog: Taken at Washington, in front of the Navy Department, and shows Secretary of the Navy Long and Captain Sigsbee of the ill-fated "Maine" coming down the steps. As they reach the bottom a waiting attaché approaches the Secretary and hands him a letter. In the meantime Capt. Sigsbee and his friend walk toward the immediate foreground, in earnest ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Observation train following parade /

    Observation train following parade /

    From The Phonoscope, October 1898, p. 15: There were two freight trains standing on the tracks between the river and the Riverside Park, and they furnished a perfect impromptu observation train service to the men and boys who clambered up on the cars to get a view of the [Sampson homecoming naval] parade. They saw the vessels go up and then waited for their ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Mount Tamalpais R.R.

    Mount Tamalpais R.R.

    From Edison films catalog: On the front end of the flat car is a lady, whose feathers and ribbons flutter in the wind. The panoramic view of the hills and valley is very beautiful. 50 feet. $7.50. Advertised as part of the "Southern Pacific Company Series" (Edison films catalog): The Southern Pacific Company ("Sunset Route") offers special inducements to winter travelers, by reason of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Panoramic view of Newport /

    Panoramic view of Newport /

    From Edison films catalog: Possibly the sensation of the flight of a bird can be nearest realized by being on deck of one of the U.S. Government's fleet torpedo boats racing at its highest speed through the water. This picture was taken under these conditions and shows the beautiful scenery comprising the harbor of Newport, R. I. In the foreground, the spray of the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • President McKinley's speech at the Pan-American Exposition /

    President McKinley's speech at the Pan-American Exposition /

    The film begins by showing the introductory speaker at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo. The speaker introduces the incumbent president of the United States, William F. McKinley. The remainder of the film is a straight-on moving photograph of the president during his last public speech. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH AT THE PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION. Unheedful [code for telegraphic orders]. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Funeral leaving the President's house and church at Canton, Ohio /

    Funeral leaving the President's house and church at Canton, O...

    In order to film the funeral of President McKinley, the photographer placed his camera in three locations. The first scene shows the casket being carried from his home by the honor guard and placed in the hearse. The second scene shows the hearse, the honor guard, and people lining the streets. The third scene shows the celebrities who attended the funeral preceding the casket ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • U.S. cruiser "Raleigh" /

    U.S. cruiser "Raleigh" /

    From Edison films catalog: A panoramic view of the "Raleigh" as she lies at anchor off 27th Steet, North River, April 17, 1899. Captain Coghlan stands among a group of officers near the bridge. The "Raleigh" fired the first gun at Manila, and is the first boat of the Pacific Squadron visiting New York. All the details of the famous battleship are clearly shown ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • European rest cure /

    European rest cure /

    From Edison films catalog: On the gangplack of one of the large ocean liners leaving New York is shown an old gentleman kissing his wife and daughter good-bye before leaving on a tour abroad for a much needed rest from business cares and troubles. A great crowd of people are next shown waving farewells to departing friends and relatives as the big steamer leaves ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • A day with Thomas A. Edison /

    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.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1922
  • Buffalo dance /

    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
  • Mount Taw R.R., no. 3 /

    Mount Taw R.R., no. 3 /

    From Edison films catalog: View taken while ascending the scenic railroad, Marin Co., Cal. Right ahead is another train; the steep grades and dangerous curves are plainly shown. Grand mountain scenery is a striking feature of this picture. 140 feet. $21.00. Advertised as part of the "Southern Pacific Company Series" (Edison films catalog): The Southern Pacific Company ("Sunset Route") offers special inducements to winter ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Panoramic view of the Place de l'Concord [sic] /

    Panoramic view of the Place de l'Concord [sic] /

    From Edison films catalog: Taken from an automobile. This picture was taken during the fashionable driving hour, making a complete circle of the Place de la Concorde, passing hundreds of carriages and busses. The beginning of the picture shows the historical church of the Madeleine in the background, the picture ending by approaching and running under the main entrance to the Paris Exposition. 100 ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Life rescue at Long Branch /

    Life rescue at Long Branch /

    H8692 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 16Sept1901; H8692. Duration: 2:19 at 16 fps. Filmed ca. August to early September 1901. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Before the nickelodeon, 1991, p. 180-81; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Military camp at Tampa, taken from train /

    Military camp at Tampa, taken from train /

    From Edison films "war extra" catalog: A wide plain, dotted with tents, gleaming white in the bright sunshine. Soldiers moving about everywhere, at all sorts of duties. In the background looms up a big cigar factory; giving the prosaic touch to the picture needful to bring out in sharp contrast the patriotism with which the scene inspires us. The camera was on a rapidly ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Spanish dancers at the Pan-American Exposition /

    Spanish dancers at the Pan-American Exposition /

    The film was photographed from the area back of the midway of the Pan-American Exposition. The immediate background indicates the camera was in front of the living quarters of the gypsy dancing troupe. Several female gypsies in costume appear and dance. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: GYPSY DANCE AT THE PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION. Unhaltbar. [code for telegraphic orders] The picture was taken in ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Uncle Josh in a spooky hotel /

    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
  • Naval sham battle at Newport /

    Naval sham battle at Newport /

    From Edison films catalog: Showing the attacking forces drawn up in line of battle. They immediately commence firing on the shore batteries. The batteries return the fire with telling effect, but are at last silenced by the overwhelming forces of the enemy. In the distance can be seen the ruins of a bridge destroyed by the invading forces. The smoke thickens as the firing ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Gun drill by naval cadets at Newport Training School /

    Gun drill by naval cadets at Newport Training School /

    From Edison films catalog: Shows the cadets going through the gun drill, also loading, firing and charging. This is also a very stirring picture and is full of animation. 50 feet. $7.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900