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  • 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. "In this picture we present a wonderful and life-like likeness of President McKinley. He first walks upon the platform, ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Crissie Sheridan /

    A woman in a white gown performs a skirt dance, using her arms to produce circles and other patterns within the folds of her costume. Her legs and feet appear to be bare.

    • Contributor: Heise, William - Sheridan, Crissie - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Funeral leaving the President's house and church at Canton, Ohio /

    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 ...

    • Contributor: McKinley, William - Roosevelt, Theodore - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Trapeze disrobing act /

    Camera is positioned as if in the audience at a vaudeville show. Two men in rough clothing are visible in a box on the left as a woman sits on a trapeze over the stage. Fully dressed in street clothing, the trapeze artist removes her jacket and hat before performing a flip. She subsequently removes more clothing, including her corset, which she throws to ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Afi/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Terrible Teddy, the grizzly king /

    "A burlesque on Theodore Roosevelt hunting mountain lions in Colorado and taken from the New York Journal and Advertiser. The scene opens in a very picturesque wood. Teddy with his large teeth is seen running down the hill with his gun in hand, followed by his photographer and press agent. He reconnoitres around a large tree and finally discovers the mountain lion. He kneels ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • The sculptor's nightmare /

    At a political club, the members debate whose bust will replace that of Theodore Roosevelt. Unable to agree, each goes to a sculptor's studio and bribes him to sculpt a bust of the individual favorite. Instead, the sculptor spends their fees on a dinner with his model during which he becomes so inebriated that he is taken to jail. There he has a nightmare, ...

    • Contributor: McCutcheon, Wallace - Bitzer, G. W. - Sennett, Mack - Solter, Harry L. - O'sullivan, Tony - Dillon, Edward - Griffith, D. W. (David Wark) - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1908
  • 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 ...

    • Contributor: McKinley, William - Czolgosz, Leon F. - Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • TR speaking at Sagamore Hill [1916-1918] [1] /

    Three sequences of TR addressing groups from the porch at Sagamore Hill. First sequence is TR speaking to a group of people on Sept. 8, 1917 at the opening of the second New York State suffrage campaign at Sagamore Hill. Second sequence is probably TR encouraging New York District volunteer workers for the third Liberty Loan on Apr. 2, 1918. Final views of TR ...

    • Contributor: Roosevelt, Theodore - Community Motion Picture Service, Inc - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1916
  • Departure of Peary [and the] "Roosevelt" from New York /

    The camera pans to show the schooner "Roosevelt" docked at a covered pier on the Hudson River on Manhattan's west side. Then, from a camera position on board, men in straw hats and fashionably dressed ladies are seen boarding the ship. Next, the famous polar explorer Robert Peary appears on the gangway in a dark jacket, mustache and straw hat [Frame: 4552]. He tips ...

    • Contributor: Peary, Robert E. (Robert Edwin) - Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • Bobby Bumps starts a lodge /

    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.

    • Contributor: Hurd, Earl - Bray Studios - Afi/Atkinson (Dennis) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1916
  • Raising Old Glory over Morro Castle /

    From The Phonoscope, January 1899, p. 15: Down goes the Spanish flag, and up floats the Stars and Stripes. Down falls the symbol of tyranny and oppression that has ruled in the new world for four hundred years, and up goes the Banner of Freedom. In the distance are the turrets and battlements of Morro, the last foothold of Spain in America. (C. Musser, ...

    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Vitagraph Company of America - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Pillow fight /

    From F.M. Prescott catalog: A comic subject, clear, bright and characteristic. Shows four girls in their night dresses, engaged in an animated pillow fight. During the action the pillows become torn, and the feathers fly over their heads and about the room in great numbers, producing with the white dresses and the black background a novel effect. Sharp, full of action, and popular in ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Afi/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • 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. ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Afi/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Spirit of '76 /

    Dramatic recreation of the painting "The spirit of '76" by Archibald M. Willard. Opens on a stage with a painted backdrop of a battlefield and stage props of dirt, stones, and a broken wagon wheel. From stage left marches a trio of Revolutionary soldiers in a fife and drum corps. As in the painting, the center drummer is a tall, older, white-haired man in ...

    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - Willard, Archibald M. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • What demoralized the barber shop /

    Shows several men in a basement barbership who become excited by women walking past the window. The ankles and knees of the passersby are visible to the men below, causing pandemonium among the barbershop customers.

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • President McKinley taking the oath /

    "This film records President McKinley taking the oath of office. The first camera position shows the seating arrangements prepared for the spectators and witnesses on the steps of the Capitol. At the time the film was taken, there were many empty seats. The second camera position shows the inaugural party during the swearing-in ceremonies. All that can be seen is the black draped balcony ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • 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, ...

    • Contributor: Paley, William Daly - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Ameta /

    Two large squares of white fabric completely cover a woman standing on a stage with a paneled wall as a backdrop. The fabric is supported in front and back of her by some sort of flexible poles along the top edge. The woman bends these rods and peaks out from the resulting hole, with her head and neck visible. She then performs what appears ...

    • Contributor: Ameta - Armitage, F. S. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Congress of nations /

    From Edison films catalog: A new and sensational film, which deals in a highly up-to-date manner with the international situation. A magician steps upon the stage carrying a hoop covered with white paper. Then in quick succession the flags of Germany, Russia, Ireland, England and China are brought forth and from each a soldier is produced corresponding with the flag of each nation. The ...

    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward) - Vitagraph Company of America
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Amy Muller /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A beautiful fantastic toe dance. A good subject colored.

    • Contributor: Muller, Amy - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1896
  • 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 ...

    • 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) - Museum of Modern Art Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Imperial Japanese dance /

    From Raff & Gammon price list: Three Japanese ladies in the costumes of their country. From Edison films catalog: A charming representation of The Mikado dance by three beautiful Japanese ladies in full costume. Very effective when colored. 45 feet. $6.75.

    • Contributor: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy Laurie) - Heise, William - Sarashe Sisters - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Afi/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • [Buster and Tige put a balloon vendor out of business] /

    "Shows an Italian balloon vender near the "Flat-iron" Building, New York City. Mrs. Brown and Buster appear on the scene. Buster begins teasing his mamma to buy him a balloon, but she refuses. Buster whistles for Tige, and at the same time jostles the vender, who roughly brushes him aside. Seeing a chance to get a balloon for nothing, Buster sets Tige upon the ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Outcault, Richard Felton - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Buster makes room for his mama at the bargain counter /

    "Shows a bargain counter in a department store and a large gathering of women examining goods. It is a special sale, and a great deal of interest is shown by the ladies, who jostle and crowd each other to secure the choicest bargains. Mrs. Brown enters, accompanied by Buster and Tige. Mrs. Brown is unable to get near the counter and is in despair. ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Outcault, Richard Felton - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Opening, Pan-American Exposition /

    A group of dignitaries from various countries was photographed from a single camera position participating in a parade marking the opening of the Pan-American Exposition. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: OPENING OF THE PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION ON MAY 20th, 1901. Ungehofft [code for telegraphic orders]. This is a great historical event. Our cameras were stationed in the center of the Esplanade looking toward ...

    • Contributor: Roosevelt, Theodore - Hanna, Marcus Alonzo - Gallinger, Jacob H. (Jacob Harold) - Odell, Benjamin (Benjamin Barker) - Biehl, Conrad - Babcock, Louis L. - Welch, S. L. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901