• Launching a stranded schooner from the docks /

    Launching a stranded schooner from the docks /

    From Edison films catalog: During the terrific storm all of the light craft along the dock front was lifted out of the water and washed up into the streets, many of them being carried for miles inland. This subject shows a number of boatmen who have banded together to get their craft back into the water, a panoramic view being taken of the schooner ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • 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
  • Exploded gas tanks, U.S. Mint, Emporium and Spreckels Bld'g /

    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
  • [Buster's dog to the rescue] /

    [Buster's dog to the rescue] /

    "Shows a kitchen and Bridget busy making crullers. Buster enters and begs Bridget to give him one. Bridget refuses and places all the crullers in a basket on the top pantry shelf. She warns Buster not to touch them, and leaves the room. Buster secures a stepladder and proceeds to climb to the top. As he is about to secure the coveted prize his ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Gold and diamond mines of South Africa /

    Gold and diamond mines of South Africa /

    Shows how gold and diamonds are extracted from the earth and processed in the province of Transvaal in South Africa. Pictures gold mining operations at the Joch Mine near Johannesburg and diamond mining operations at the Premier Mine in the town of Cullinan. Includes street scenes of Johannesburg and of Kimberley, the center of the world's largest diamond mining operations.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1917
  • Faust and Marguerite /

    Faust and Marguerite /

    From Edison films catalog: Marguerite is seated before the fireplace, Faust standing by her side. Mephistopheles enters and offers his sword to Faust, commanding him to behead the fair Marguerite. Faust refuses, whereupon Mephistopheles draws the sword across the throat of the lady and she suddenly disappears and Faust is seated in her place. 60 feet. $9.00.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Opening, Pan-American Exposition /

    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 ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Panoramic view of the Champs Elysees /

    Panoramic view of the Champs Elysees /

    D18581 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 29Aug1900; D18581. Duration: 0:48 at 16 fps. Filmed in July 1900, on the Champs Elysées in Paris, France. 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. 611; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985.

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

    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
  • Red Cross ambulance on battlefield /

    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
  • 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
  • Emigrants [i.e. immigrants] landing at Ellis Island /

    Emigrants [i.e. immigrants] landing at Ellis Island /

    From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: EMIGRANTS LANDING AT ELLIS ISLAND. Shows a large open barge loaded with people of every nationality, who have just arrived from Europe, disembarking at Ellis Island, N.Y. A most interesting and typical scene. Length 140 feet. Class B. $16.80. The film opens with a view of the steam ferryboat "William Myers," laden with passengers, approaching a dock ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • The kiss /

    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
  • Panorama of Galveston power house /

    Panorama of Galveston power house /

    From Edison films catalog: This building and machinery supplied the electric power and electric light for the entire city of Galveston, including the car system. The building, which is of solid masonry, is a complete wreck, and together with the twisted iron work of the machinery, shows the tremendous power of the cyclone. 50 feet. $7.50. Part of The Galveston Cyclone series (Edison films ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Panoramic view of Electric Tower from a balloon /

    Panoramic view of Electric Tower from a balloon /

    The title indicates that this film was taken from a balloon. However, there is no aerial photography. Instead it is an up and down or elevation of the camera on the then-famous Electric Tower built for the Exposition at Buffalo, New York. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE ELECTRIC TOWER FROM A BALLOON. Unhabile [code for telegraphic orders]. Here ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Fireboat "New Yorker" answering an alarm /

    Fireboat "New Yorker" answering an alarm /

    "Firemen board the fireboat New Yorker docked at the Battery, New York City; pull anchor; shove off; and proceed out into the harbor"--George Kleine Collection...catalog.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • White Horse Rapids /

    White Horse Rapids /

    From Edison films catalog: This picture was taken at the historical point signified by the above title, where so many daring and venturesome miners have lost their lives in attempting to shoot these mad and turbulent rapids in their flat bottom boats, constructed for the purpose of navigating the treacherous Yukon River, which flows through the rich gold fields of Alaska. This picture was ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • New York City dumping wharf /

    New York City dumping wharf /

    The film shows a wharf where a barge is being loaded with trash from two-wheeled, horse-drawn wagons. The trash is dumped off the edge of the pier onto the barge, where men with shovels are spreading the piles of debris. The camera pans left to the next barge, where four-wheeled carts are shown dumping excavation rubble. Probably filmed on the East River, this is ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • 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
  • Charge of Boer cavalry [no. 2] /

    Charge of Boer cavalry [no. 2] /

    "In the distance is seen a number of grey objects rapidly approaching, which, upon drawing closer, are recognized as a company of Boer cavalry. As they draw nearer, you can see that they are straining every nerve and urging their horses to the utmost speed. Waving their sabres aloft on they come, so that the audience involuntarily make an effort to move from their ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • The artist's dilemma /

    The artist's dilemma /

    From Edison films catalog: The scene opens in an artist's studio, the artist asleep in his chair. A large old fashioned clock opens and a young lady comes out and awaking the artist, requests him to paint her picture. While the artist is executing the work a clown comes down from the clock, takes in the situation and begins to make love to the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Breaking of the crowd at military review at Longchamps /

    Breaking of the crowd at military review at Longchamps /

    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"--Edison films catalog.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Grandma and the bad boys /

    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
  • A rube couple at a county fair /

    A rube couple at a county fair /

    From Edison films catalog: Scene I--Driving into the Grounds. Scene II--Machinery department. Scene III--Getting weighed. Scene IV--On the Pike. Scene V--Looking at the big pumpkins. Scene VI--Cattle parade. Scene VII--Trotting race, with female jockeys. Scene VIII-- Hurdle jumping, female riders. Scene IX--High school horse. Scene X--Slide for life. 540 Ft. $81.00.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • How a French nobleman got a wife through the New York Herald personal columns /

    How a French nobleman got a wife through the New York Herald ...

    From Edison films catalog: The picture opens with a "Personal" advertisement which actually appeared in the New York Herald of August 25th, 1904: "Young French Nobleman, recently arrived, desires to meet wealthy American girl; object matrimony; will be at Grant's Tomb at 10 this morning, wearing boutonniere of violets." The first scene shows the young "Nobleman" in his dressing room. He picks up the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • 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. "In this picture we present a wonderful and life-like likeness of President McKinley. He first walks upon the platform, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • President McKinley and escort going to the Capitol /

    President McKinley and escort going to the Capitol /

    "The film begins by showing military personnel on horseback. The camera was positioned on a side street and photographed representatives of several different companies of American cavalry. Just as the film ends, foot soldiers and West Point cadets preceding the two horse-drawn carriages, one containing President McKinley's party, come into view"--Early motion pictures. "This most excellent picture was secured at the junction of Pennsylvania ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Torpedo boat "Morris" running /

    Torpedo boat "Morris" running /

    "This scene was taken at Newport, R. I., and shows this wonderful torpedo boat running at the rate of thirty miles an hour. When the boat came in front of the camera it discharged a gigantic Whitehead torpedo, which is seen to dive into the water like an enormous fish. 75 feet"--Edison films catalog.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Gymnasium exercises and drill at Newport Training School /

    Gymnasium exercises and drill at Newport Training School /

    From Edison films catalog: This picture shows the young cadets going through their daily exercises and drill, and is full of life, and photographically perfect. 75 feet. $11.25.

    • 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
  • [Buster and Tige put a balloon vendor out of business] /

    [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 ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Panorama of Riker's Island, N.Y. /

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

    The film was photographed from a boat going around Riker's Island. Located on the East River north of Hell Gate between the Bronx and Queens, Riker's Island was the site of a massive New York City landfill operation at the time of the filming (originally eighty-seven acres, by 1939 the size of the island had increased to four hundred acres). The film includes scenes ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Esquimaux village /

    Esquimaux village /

    The first of three camera positions shows a low building resembling an igloo beside a small pool, and an ice floe. Dark-complexioned people dressed as Eskimos run up and down alongside the pool, and a dog pulls a sled. Next, some sled dogs are led in front of the camera. The last camera position shows the same dogs running into a tent made from ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Ching Ling Foo outdone /

    Ching Ling Foo outdone /

    From Edison films catalog: The magician enters upon the stage, and removing a covering from a small table, shakes it before the audience to show that there is nothing whatever concealed inside, places the cloth upon the floor, and when he removes it a large washtub is found to be entirely filled with water, which he splashes before the audience to show that there ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • 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
  • R.F.D., 10,000 B.C. /

    R.F.D., 10,000 B.C. /

    An animated mannequin comedy (also known as an O'Brien plastic stop-work comedy) set in prehistoric times. Henry Saurus, the mailman, and Johnny Bearskin, the favored suitor, vie for the affections of Winnie Warclub on Valentine's Day.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1917
  • Circular panorama of Electric Tower /

    Circular panorama of Electric Tower /

    The film, photographed from a single camera position, shows the total exposition and its buildings. The film contains a 360-degree pan. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: CIRCULAR PANORAMA OF THE ELECTRIC TOWER. Ungulata. [code for telegraphic orders] A most interesting picture at the Pan-American Exposition structure was taken from the north side of the Electric Tower. It presented the most perfect and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • What demoralized the barber shop /

    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.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Panorama of gorge railway /

    Panorama of gorge railway /

    From Edison films catalog: One of the most interesting places in the vicinity of Niagara Falls is the Whirlpool Rapids, where the immense volume of water which passes from the Falls, speeds along through its rocky and tortuous passage towards the ocean. The camera in securing this picture was placed at the front end of a train ascending the grade at a very rapid ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • White Wings on review /

    White Wings on review /

    Filmed on an unidentified street in New York City, probably Fifth Avenue. Rows of men wearing the white uniforms of New York City street sweepers (known as White Wings) march by the camera. Each row has a police escort. The parade of uniformed men continues until several hundred pass. Immediately following the marching men come approximately a hundred horse-drawn two-wheel carts of the kind ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • 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
  • The stenographer's friend, or, What was accomplished by an Edison business phonograph /

    The stenographer's friend, or, What was accomplished by an Ed...

    It's a busy day at the office, and the stenographer is exhausted from trying to keep up with the demands on her skills. Even when she stays late, she cannot catch up with all of the work. But then a man comes into the office to demonstrate the many advantages of the Edison System, his company's new business phonograph.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1910
  • 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
  • Panorama water front and Brooklyn Bridge from East River /

    Panorama water front and Brooklyn Bridge from East River /

    This film depicts the East River shoreline and the piers of lower Manhattan starting at about Pier 5 (the New York Central Pier) opposite Broad Street, and extending to the Mallory Line steamship piers just south of Fulton Street and the Brooklyn Bridge. The film begins with shots of canal boats or barges (from the Erie Canal via the Hudson River) docked at and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Panorama from the moving boardwalk /

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Battle of Chemulpo Bay /

    Battle of Chemulpo Bay /

    A historical re-enactment of a naval battle in Chemulpo Bay off the coast of Korea during the Russo-Japanese war. Shows a Japanese ship damaging one Russian vessel and sinking another.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Exploding a Whitehead torpedo /

    Exploding a Whitehead torpedo /

    "The torpedo was exploded in fifteen fathoms of water. The picture shows the water, mud and rocks being thrown high up in the air, and will give an idea of the destructiveness of one of these missiles. 25 feet"--Edison films catalog.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Panoramic view of Tremont Hotel, Galveston /

    Panoramic view of Tremont Hotel, Galveston /

    From Edison films catalog: This picture shows several buildings which were wrecked and also shows a rear view of this hotel, which is on the highest point of land in Galveston, and in which several thousand people were saved. 50 feet. $7.50. Part of The Galveston Cyclone series (Edison films catalog): At the first news of the disaster by cyclone and tidal wave that ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Rube and Mandy at Coney Island /

    Rube and Mandy at Coney Island /

    This film records a trip around Coney Island by a couple made up as country bumpkins. The camera placement shows their entrance, exit, and participation in the various concessions. In the next-to-last scene, the two approach a hot dog stand, and each buys a hot dog and eats it in a greedy manner while walking toward the camera. In the final scence, the camera ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • 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
  • Panorama of esplanade by night /

    Panorama of esplanade by night /

    The first objects visible in this film, which was taken at night, are the glowing light globes that outline the buildings closest to the camera position. The camera slowly pans, encompassing the complete area of the exhibit buildings, and the outlines of all the buildings are clearly discernible. Edwin S. Porter maintained that this was the first motion picture taken at night by incandescent ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • President McKinley taking the oath /

    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 ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Bombardment of Taku forts, by the Allied fleets /

    Bombardment of Taku forts, by the Allied fleets /

    From Edison films catalog: The scene opens by showing the battleships maneuvering for a position. They finally draw up in line of battle and commence firing on the shore batteries. Immense volumes of smoke arise from the fleet and from the distant shore. Shots are seen to fall thickly among the vessels and immense bodies of water are thrown up by the explosion of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Searching ruins on Broadway, Galveston, for dead bodies /

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Naval apprentices at sail drill on historic ship "Constellation" /

    Naval apprentices at sail drill on historic ship "Constellati...

    From Edison films catalog: This picture opens with the young cadets climbing the rigging and going through the sail drill on board the famous historic ship "Constellation." Loosing sail to buntline, making sail, shortening sail and furling; also loose sail to bowline. This picture is absolutely perfect photographically; also very thrilling, and makes a most interesting subject. 125 feet. 18.75.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • 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
  • 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 storm at sea /

    A storm at sea /

    From Edison films catalog: While our photographers were crossing the Atlantic Ocean a most wonderful and sensational picture was secured, showing a storm at sea. The picture was secured by lashing the camera to the after bridge of the Kaiserine Maria Theresa [sic], of the North German Lloyd Line, during one of its roughest voyages. The most wonderful storm picture ever photographed. Taken at ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • 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
  • Congress of nations /

    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 ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • 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
  • European rest cure /

    European rest cure /

    "On the gangplank 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 the pier. We now ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Sampson and Schley controversy--tea party /

    Sampson and Schley controversy--tea party /

    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
  • McKinley's funeral entering Westlawn Cemetery, Canton [Ohio] /

    McKinley's funeral entering Westlawn Cemetery, Canton [Ohio] /

    Photographed from several camera positions, the film shows the funeral procession both preceding and following the body of the assassinated president before he is interred at Canton, Ohio. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: FUNERAL CORTEGE ENTERING WESTLAWN CEMETERY AT CANTON, OHIO. Ungraceful. [code for telegraphic orders]. Another of our cameras is in an excellent position at the entrance to the Westlawn Cemetery, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • The little train robbery /

    The little train robbery /

    From Edison films catalog: The opening scene shows the interior of the robbers' den. The walls are decorated with the portraits of notorious criminals and pictures illustrating the exploits of famous bandits. Some of the gang are lounging about, while others are reading novels and illustrated papers. Although of youthful appearance, each is dressed like a typical Western desperado. The "Bandit Queen," leading a ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • Panorama of wreckage of water front /

    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
  • The martyred presidents /

    The martyred presidents /

    This film is difficult to classify. It opens on a scene showing a mourner with bowed head sitting in front of what appears to be a tombstone. Shortly afterwards, the face of Abraham Lincoln and then of two other presidents, Garfield and McKinley, can be seen on the monument and then they disappear. There is a figure huddled at the foot of a statue ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • 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
  • Hooligan assists the magician /

    Hooligan assists the magician /

    From Edison films catalog: This is a new adventure in which our friend, Mr. Hooligan, appears in an entirely new capacity. On a stage a professor of magic is performing some wonderful experiments, and when he requests some assistance Happy Hooligan immediately volunteers his services and climbs upon the platform. As he does so, the professor vanishes through the floor and the amateur assistant ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Palace of Electricity /

    Palace of Electricity /

    From Edison films catalog: In the Exposition grounds with a close view of the Palace of Electricity. 50 feet. $7.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • 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
  • 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
  • Arrival of McKinley's funeral train at Canton, Ohio /

    Arrival of McKinley's funeral train at Canton, Ohio /

    It is apparent that the camera was placed on a platform of a train station. A steam locomotive pulling several passenger cars can be seen nearing the camera position and coming to a stop. The remainder of the film is concerned with the people who get off the train and walk off the platform. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: FUNERAL TRAIN ARRIVING ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • The clown and the alchemist /

    The clown and the alchemist /

    From Edison films catalog: Although we are led to believe that the ancient alchemists were all powerful, this picture somewhat reverses the order of things. The clown plays some wonderful pranks on the old professor. He appears and disappears in numerous startling positions, using his club with great effect and always escaping punishment. At last the alchemist brings his magic power into use, and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Dick Croker leaving Tammany Hall /

    Dick Croker leaving Tammany Hall /

    "A very lifelike picture of the famous New York politician and Tammany Hall boss. This picture was taken on Sunday morning as he was leaving the 14th Street Wigwam, accompanied by a number of prominent New York politicians. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • The voice of the violin /

    The voice of the violin /

    Copyright: no reg. Duration: 3:56 (part 1), 3:06 (part 2), 3:54 (part 3), 3:58 (part 4), and 4:51 (part 5) at 18 fps. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files. Source used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1912-1939.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1915
  • 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
  • Panoramic view of the President's house at Canton, Ohio /

    Panoramic view of the President's house at Canton, Ohio /

    Photographed from a single-camera position, the film's 160-degree pan shows President McKinley's house and the large line of people being controlled by military troops. The crowd had gathered before going through the President's house to view his body. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: CIRCULAR PANORAMA OF PRESIDENT McKINLEY'S HOUSE. Ungowned. [code for telegraphic orders]. Here we present probably the most interesting and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Why Jones discharged his clerks /

    Why Jones discharged his clerks /

    From Edison films catalog: Great hit. Two delinquent clerks are seated in a broker's office engaged in a game of cards. The boss suddenly appears walking through the corridor. The cards are thrown down in great haste and when the employer enters the office the clerks are apparently busily engaged in their work. The boss looks over the mail and then sits down behind ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • The messenger boy's mistake /

    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
  • Street car chivalry /

    Street car chivalry /

    From Edison films catalog: Scene shows interior of crowded street-car. A young lady enters and every man in the car offers her his seat. Presently an elderly stout lady with arm full of bundles enters. All male passengers immediately bury their faces in their papers, while the lady swings on the strap. A sudden jerk of the car lands her in the lap of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • 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
  • Champs de Mars /

    Champs de Mars /

    From Edison films catalog: Shows all the prominent buildings on this thoroughfare, ending with a close view of the base of the Eiffel Tower, with the Trocadero Palace in the background. 135 feet. 20.25.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • 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
  • San Francisco Chinese funeral /

    San Francisco Chinese funeral /

    This film shows most of the ceremonial portion of the funeral procession of Tom Kim Yung (1858-1903), military attache to the Chinese Legation to the United States. The funeral procession took place at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, September 23, 1903, and was probably the largest ever seen in Chinatown. Tom's death (note that Tom is the family name) was the tragic consequence of a ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • 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
  • Pan-American Exposition by night /

    Pan-American Exposition by night /

    The film begins with a slow pan over the tower building of the exposition, which was lighted by electric lights. The pan goes from a daylight shot of the grounds to what appears to be a special effects situation involving back lighting of the scene. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION BY NIGHT. Unhagata. [code for telegraphic orders] A great feature ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Why Mrs. Jones got a divorce /

    Why Mrs. Jones got a divorce /

    From Edison films catalog: The scene opens by showing a pretty cook mixing bread in the kitchen. Jones comes in unexpectedly from a trip and carries a dress suit case. He inquires for his wife and is told by the cook that she is absent. Jones is hungry and asks for something to eat. The cook is very obliging and Jones becomes unruly, chuckles ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Esplanade des Invalides /

    Esplanade des Invalides /

    From Edison films catalog: Beginning with the camera pointing toward the Invalides entrance, with the tomb of Napoleon in the background. The camera is slowly revolved until it rests upon the new and beautiful bridge of Alexander III, showing the immense crowds entering the Exposition. 100 ft. 15.00.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Catching an early train /

    Catching an early train /

    From Edison films catalog: Surburbanite [sic] is seen in bed chamber, discovers he has overslept himself, jumps out of bed, shirt, trousers, shoes, collar, tie, coat, vest, hat, cane, cigar and satchel arise from the floor and adjust themselves to him. Makes a hasty exit. Scene dissolves to a R.R. Station, showing surburbanite running to catch the rear end of a moving train. Class ...

    • 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