• Exploded gas tanks, U.S. Mint, Emporium and Spreckels Bld'g /

    This film is a spectacular pan of the downtown area of San Francisco as seen from south of Market Street. The location among low ruins was ideal to view the tall ruined buildings along and north of Market Street. Since the facade of St. Patrick's Church is not visible in the pan, the film is probably later than May 9, the date the facade ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
  • Cuban volunteers embarking /

    Men carrying rifles and bedrolls boarding ship via gangway.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Surf at Monterey /

    From Edison films catalog: The water breaks over the rocks, and is dashed into silvery spray, high into the air. Exceptionally fine water effects. 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 the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Lurline Baths /

    From Edison films catalog: At San Francisco. The main feature is the toboggan slide which the bathers use, some sitting, others lying down, head first or feet first. 50 feet. $7.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Stanford University, California /

    From F.Z. Maguire catalogue: 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 ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Roosevelt's Rough Riders embarking for Santiago /

    Soldiers in Spanish-American War uniforms moving boxes towards a steamship on the dock.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Sunset Limited, Southern Pacific Ry. /

    From Edison films catalog: Taken at Fingal, Cal., where the world-renowned "Sunset Limited" trains pass each other. One runs on a side track, and the other dashes by at a high rate of speed. Switch is then turned, and the train passes on, slowly receeding from view. 150 feet. $22.50. Advertised as part of the "Southern Pacific Company Series" (Edison films catalog): The Southern ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • 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
  • Waterfall in the Catskills /

    From Edison films catalog: Beautiful water effects at Haines' Falls, a most picturesque and charming mountain cataract. The wild and rugged surroundings are very impressive. 50 feet. $7.50.

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

    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
  • 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
  • The execution of Mary, Queen of Scots /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Representing the beheading of Mary, Queen of Scots. A realistic reproduction of an historic scene.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1895
  • A morning bath /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogues (summary edited to remove offensive words): This scene presents a[n]... African mother in the act of giving her struggling [child] a bath in a tub of suds. This is a clear and distinct picture in which the contrast between the complexion of the bather and the white soapsuds is strongly marked. A very amusing and popular subject. From Edison ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1896
  • Panorama of wreckage of water front /

    From Edison films catalog: This picture shows the remains of one of the docks, several freight cars being piled one upon the other, while the most interesting part of the picture shows two schooners literally smashed one into the other, forming a most picturesque mass of wreckage. 40 feet. $6.00. Part of The Galveston Cyclone series (Edison films catalog): At the first news of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Panorama of Place de L'Opera /

    From Edison films catalog: The busiest square in all Paris. 75 feet. $11.25.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • U.S. battleship "Indiana" /

    From Edison films "war extra" catalog: Taken at the Dry Tortugas, and shows the most powerful fighting machine in the world to-day as she lies at anchor taking on coal. The decks are covered with marines and sailors. An immense barge lies along side, from which a large gang of negroes are hustling "King coal" into the battleship, on whose decks the coal passers ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Searching ruins on Broadway, Galveston, for dead bodies /

    From Edison films catalog: This shows the heart of one of the tremendous drifts in the east end of Galveston. Hundreds of dead bodies are concealed in these immense masses, and at the time the picture was taken the odor given out could be detected for miles. The subject shows a gang of laborers clearing away the debris in the search for corpses, one ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • The enchanted drawing /

    From Edison films catalog: Upon a large sheet of white paper a cartoonist is seen at work rapidly sketching the portrait of an elderly gentleman of most comical feature and expression. After completing the likeness the artist rapidly draws on the paper a clever sketch of a bottle of wine and a goblet, and then, to the surprise of all, actually removes them from ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Fun in camp /

    From Edison films catalog: Showing a group of soldiers and Red Cross nurses being amused by a number of small children who are riding upon the backs of trick bears. A remarkably fine picture, with U.S. Infantry camp in the background. 30 feet. $4.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • 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
  • The kiss /

    From Edison films catalog: Nothing new, but an old thing done over again and done well. Some one has attempted to describe a kiss as "something made of nothing," but this is not one of that kind, but one of those old fashioned "home made" kind that sets the whole audience into merriment and motion, and has always proven a popular subject. It is ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Scene from the elevator ascending Eiffel Tower /

    From Edison films catalog: A marvelously clear picture taken from the top of the elevator of the Eiffel Tower during going up and coming down of the car. This wonderful tower is 1,000 feet in height, and the picture produces a most sensational effect. As the camera leaves the ground and rises to the top of the tower, the enormous white city opens out ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Troops at evacuation of Havana /

    From Edison films catalog: The troops are turning into the Prado from a side street, where stands a triumphal arch erected by the Cubans; but which Gen. Brooke, the Military Governor of Cuba, would not permit to be finished, as he allowed no demonstrations of any kind. The soldiers are the First Texas troops. The streets are crowded with people. Many typical Cubans are ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Packing ammunition on mules, Cuba /

    From The Phonoscope, October 1898, p. 15: Dotting the horizon on the right of the picture is the great fleet of transports, while scattered all along the beach and piled high to the left are hundreds upon hundreds of ammunition cases. Soldier boys in the foreground are packing the boxes on the patient army mules. An officer stands by bossing the job. Two boxes ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898