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  • Fisherman's luck /

    Fisherman's luck /

    From Edison films catalog: Two German anglers are fishing, with odd results. One gets a bite, and pulls in a length of stovepipe. The other is so astonished that he falls overboard. 50 feet. $7.50.

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

    Interrupted lovers /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Another instance where "the course of true love never runs smooth." From Edison films catalog: The watchful father disturbs a dream of bliss, and the bucolic lover is taught a lesson. He made a great hit. 140 feet. $21.00.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1896
  • The Brooklyn handicap-1904 /

    The Brooklyn handicap-1904 /

    To film this event, the camera was placed inside the rail, on the track surface itself. As the film begins, in the foreground a gate opens and a horse ridden by a jockey is escorted across the track, followed by several men who appear to be fans of the race horse. Following the first horse are six in succession, and then there is a ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Carriers leaving building, U.S.P.O. [Version 2] /

    Carriers leaving building, U.S.P.O. [Version 2] /

    Male letter carriers of the U.S. Post Office are the subject of this series on the Postal Department. The camera was placed to show a large number of uniformed mail carriers as they leave the main post office to deliver letters. They can be seen walking down the steps of the building toward the camera position. Some mount bicycles and ride away, while others ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the circus /

    Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the circus /

    An animated cartoon about the adventures of Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the circus, where they demonstrate their courage to each other by attempting to scare a woman.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1916
  • Parke Davis' employees /

    Parke Davis' employees /

    Photographed from a single-camera position, this film encompasses a scene of a large number of people either walking or riding bicycles as they leave what appears to be a factory. The title indicates they are employees of a drug firm.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • San Francisco earthquake and fire, April 18, 1906 /

    San Francisco earthquake and fire, April 18, 1906 /

    This film shows the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906, and the devastation resulting from the subsequent three-day fire. The 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck at 5:12am and was centered along the San Andreas Fault, which slices through coastal California. Most of the cities of central California were badly damaged. San Francisco, with thousands of unreinforced brick buildings - and thousands ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
  • The serenaders / Catalog Record

    The serenaders /

    Opens on a stage set of a two-story brick building. Two street serenaders in rather shabby clothes stand outside the building, one playing a trombone and the other what appears to be a clarinet. A young woman appears in the upstairs window and looks down smiling on the two suitors. She soon favors and encourages the trombonist by throwing kisses and clutching her chest, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Ella Lola, a la Trilby / Catalog Record

    Ella Lola, a la Trilby /

    A young, dark-haired woman performs a dance inspired by George du Maurier's character Trilby, in an early modern dance style reminiscent of Isadora Duncan. She dances barefoot without stockings and is dressed in a long, flowing gown bound across the bosom in Grecian style, with inside fringe and a draped cape hooked to her wrist. She also wears what appears to be a garland ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Assembling a generator, Westinghouse works /

    Assembling a generator, Westinghouse works /

    A group of men work on various parts of a large generator, assembling the pieces. A crane carries a large piece of the generator over to the rest of the machine, and the men guide it down to assemble it. The crane brings two other pieces to the machine and lays them down where they belong.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Wreck of the "Vizcaya" /

    Wreck of the "Vizcaya" /

    Spanish armored cruiser Vizcaya was destroyed by the U.S. Navy on July 4, 1898, while trying to escape a blockade of Santiago Bay in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. "This is a wonderfully impressive picture, taken on the morning after the battle in which the Spanish navy was destroyed. This battleship, once the "Pride of Spain," is shown a ruined hulk on the beach, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • [Unidentified Staples & Charles. San Francisco after the earthquake and fire of 1906] /

    [Unidentified Staples & Charles. San Francisco after the eart...

    This film is made up of five panoramas, four wide and one close-up, of the ruins of downtown San Francisco shortly after the 1906 disaster, plus a panorama and scene in a nearby refugee camp. Original intertitles precede each change of scene, but the locations provided are incorrect for three of the five views. The state of the ruins and camp suggest a date ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cleveland fire department /

    Cleveland fire department /

    The subject is the activities of a fire department that can be seen coming out of the fire engine house located across the street from the camera position. The action must have been a drill or rehearsal as the street is lined with people awaiting the arrival of the three pumpers, the two hook-and-ladder wagons, and the four personnel wagons that made up the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • AWOL, all wrong old Laddiebuck /

    AWOL, all wrong old Laddiebuck /

    From J. McIntire, Silent animated films at the Library of Congress: Concerns American soldiers in Europe after the armstice [sic]. One goes AWOL with "Joy" (Miss AWOL) and after a series of mishaps with her, he is thrown in a guard house while his fellow soldiers go home. From Origin of American animation 1900-1921 notes: A cautionary tale for troops impatient to return home ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1919
  • Toto Brothers / Catalog Record

    Toto Brothers /

    Opening title identifies this as a "balancing and iron jaw novelty act." Cuts to a long shot of a stage with a carpet and dark curtains as a backdrop, in front of which stand four chairs and a table. From stage left enters a man wearing dark leotards with a single-shouldered top, a waist belt, and dark high-top shoes with a white border. From ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1919
  • New York City "ghetto" fish market /

    New York City "ghetto" fish market /

    The view, photographed from an elevated camera position, looks down on a very crowded New York City street market. Rows of pushcarts and street vendors' vehicles can be seen. The precise location is difficult to ascertain, but it is certainly on the Lower East Side, probably on or near Hester Street, which at the turn of the century was the center of commerce for ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Opening the Williamsburg Bridge /

    Opening the Williamsburg Bridge /

    The film was shot on the roadway of the newly constructed Williamsburg Bridge. The first people to come into view are press photographers carrying large wooden "box" cameras [Frame: 0690]. Next, a parade of dignitaries and military representatives, accompanied by members of the press [1310], is photographed passing the camera position led by a standard bearer whose banner reads "MAYOR" [0902]. The mayor of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Gordon Sisters boxing /

    Gordon Sisters boxing /

    Two women on a stage approach from either side of the painted backdrop of a garden and engage in a boxing match. Both the boxing gloves and the hits exchanged between the women seem genuine. One woman wears a modest white dress with long sleeves and a skirt to mid-calf, dark stockings, and laced boots. The other woman--taller, thinner, and perhaps younger--sports a shorter, ...

    • Contributor: Edison Manufacturing Co.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • 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
  • [Color experiment: Coca-Cola with tree branch]

    [Color experiment: Coca-Cola with tree branch]

    • Contributor: Mccann Erickson
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1964-00-00
  • Hilltop outtake: Recta Film Co. (Wexler) clapper

    Hilltop outtake: Recta Film Co. (Wexler) clapper

    • Contributor: Mccann Erickson
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1971-00-00
  • 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
  • President Roosevelt at the Canton station /

    President Roosevelt at the Canton station /

    The film begins by showing Theodore Roosevelt arriving with other mourners at Canton, Ohio. Mr. Roosevelt is shown leaving the station and getting into his carriage. The remainder of the film was photographed by panning the camera over the large crowd gathered in the area to watch the arrival of celebrities attending the funeral of President McKinley. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Clerks casing mail for bags, U.S.P.O. /

    Clerks casing mail for bags, U.S.P.O. /

    The subject is an operation of mail handling called "casing." The camera was placed so that two men can be seen demonstrating the method. The demonstrators, with stacks of letters in their hands, place them in one of many apertures built into a cabinet or "case."

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Coaches arriving at Mammoth Hot Springs /

    Coaches arriving at Mammoth Hot Springs /

    From Edison films catalog: The scene is the broad piazza of the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, and shows the arrival of tourists. Up dashes a spanking team of six, seemingly as fresh and spirited as when they started. Friends who are waiting on the piazza rush to greet the new arrivals and help them alight. 50 feet. 7.50. Advertised as part of the "Alaska ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • General Lee's procession, Havana /

    General Lee's procession, Havana /

    From Edison films catalog: A magnificent view of the Prado, from the balcony of the United States Club. The procession is headed by a troop of horsemen. Prominent among them is General Lee. Then come the soldiers, file after file and company after company; filling the broad avenue from curb to curb and as far as the eye can reach with marching men. It ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Opening of new East River bridge, New York /

    Opening of new East River bridge, New York /

    The first view is from the roadway of the Williamsburg Bridge on the day of the opening. Close-ups of the parading dignitaries and members of the press [Frame: 0345] are seen. From another camera position, taken over the heads of the crowd, buildings around the waterfront are seen, and the dignitaries, led by a standard bearer again pass the camera. The banner reads "MAYOR." ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Czar Nicholas of Russia /

    Czar Nicholas of Russia /

    Long shots of Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra leaving what may be a church located in Russia and passing between two lines of men who appear to be Cossack Escort of the Imperial Guard; Alexandra walks toward a carriage and the Czar mounts a horse and rides away.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 191?
  • Annual parade, New York Fire Department /

    Annual parade, New York Fire Department /

    Dignitaries are shown as they alight from a horse-drawn brougham and enter the speaker's bleachers. Next, personnel of the New York Fire Department walk by the camera. One of every piece of fire-fighting equipment then used by the department passes.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Scenes in San Francisco, [no. 2] /

    Scenes in San Francisco, [no. 2] /

    This film is a compilation of panoramas filmed in the ruins of downtown San Francisco and outlying refugee camps following the 1906 earthquake and fire. The film dates from Wednesday, May 9, 1906. The following is a scene-by-scene description of the film: [Frame: 0102 (part 1)] The film begins with a long, dramatic pan of downtown ruins viewed from Natoma Street between 4th and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
  • [Color experiment: Coca-Cola bottle with three hot dogs (1 of 3)]

    [Color experiment: Coca-Cola bottle with three hot dogs (1 of...

    • Contributor: Mccann Erickson
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1964-00-00
  • Parade of Chinese /

    Parade of Chinese /

    From Edison films catalog: Taken at San Francisco, Cal., at the Golden Jubilee. This picture shows a procession of the resident Chinese of San Francisco, carrying banners, flags, etc. They are followed by an immense float drawn by four white horses. In the background is seen a beautiful arch, while across the street are hung numerous flags, which wave in the wind. Probably part ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Wagons loading mail, U.S.P.O. /

    Wagons loading mail, U.S.P.O. /

    The photographer placed his camera to encompass as much of the loading ramp of a mail delivery building as possible. As the film begins, several horse-drawn postal transportation vehicles are backed up to the ramp. At the end of the film, a postal delivery wagon pulled by one horse enters the scene and is backed against the ramp.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • [Labor Day parade] /

    [Labor Day parade] /

    Shows a parade through bunting-draped streets, probably in the town of Leominster, Mass. First, a decorated grandstand bearing the banner "Leominster heartily greets its guests" is seen, and then the camera pans to the street where the parade is to be photographed. The sidewalks are crowded with people, including many little girls in white or light-colored dresses. People run back and forth across the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Leonard-Cushing fight /

    Leonard-Cushing fight /

    From Edison films catalog: An actual six-round contest between Mike Leonard, commonly called the "Beau Brummel" of pugilism, and Jack Cushing. Full of hard fighting, clever hits, punches, leads, dodges, body blows and some slugging. Sold by rounds. Each round contains 150 feet. Price each round, $22.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • U.S. battleship "Oregon" /

    U.S. battleship "Oregon" /

    "This picture of the pride of the United States Navy was made on the occasion of the Peace Jubilee in New York City, and was taken from a tug passing the warship on its way up the North River. The entire crew are on deck, and a beautiful view of this wonderful craft is afforded"--Biograph picture catalogue. Views on the starboard side of the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Arabian gun twirler / Catalog Record

    Arabian gun twirler /

    A bearded man performs a rifle twirling act on a stage with a painted backdrop of a city street corner. He wears a white turban and a dark two-piece costume of tunic and baggy pants that narrow at the knees; perhaps the costume of an Arab infantryman. The tricks he performs include throwing the spinning rifle in the air and catching it; twirling the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • N.Y. Journal despatch yacht "Buccaneer" /

    N.Y. Journal despatch yacht "Buccaneer" /

    From Edison films "war extra" catalog: Shows the despatch boat of the "New York Journal" steaming through the water, having aboard the war correspondents. This is one of the fastest yachts engaged in the business. She approaches rapidly and as she cuts through the sea her prow throws the water in a white spray on either side. This is an excellent picture of a ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Pack mules with ammunition on the Santiago Trail, Cuba /

    Pack mules with ammunition on the Santiago Trail, Cuba /

    "A great pack train approaches rapidly, following the gray bell-mule. Cowboys dash to and fro, keeping them bunched. Clouds of dust arise as they pass"--Edison films catalog. About 12,000 mules were taken to Cuba and used primarily for transporting immediate reserves of small-arms ammunition during the Spanish-American War. A group of mules loaded with boxes of ammunition is being driven along a trail, probably ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Panoramic view of the Golden Gate /

    Panoramic view of the Golden Gate /

    This film, photographed from the front of a moving steam engine, shows the scenic portion of the Ferries and Cliff House Railroad route along the bluffs and cliffs of Lands End (at the northwest corner of San Francisco) overlooking the Golden Gate and the Marin headlands. The line gave access to the famed Cliff House and Sutro Baths, previously accessed by the Point Lobos ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • S.S. "Coptic" at dock /

    S.S. "Coptic" at dock /

    From F.Z. Maguire catalogue: Taken at the docks of the Pacific Steamship Co., San Francisco, Cal., which is operated in connection with the Southern Pacific Railroad Co. The "Coptic" is one of the best appointed, largest and fastest vessels that traverse the Pacific Ocean, and this view was taken as she was leaving for a voyage to the Sandwich Islands, Japan and China. The ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • TR speaking at [Pueblo] Colorado, 1912 /

    TR speaking at [Pueblo] Colorado, 1912 /

    As part of a Western tour, TR addresses crowd in his campaign for the Presidency under the Progressive Party banner in what appears to be Pueblo, Colorado, on September 19, 1912. Long shots of gathered crowd, with views of two cameramen on a platform with the sign: Mile High Photo Co., Denver. Views from varying distances of TR speaking with prepared text, from a ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1912
  • 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
  • The skyscrapers of New York /

    The skyscrapers of New York /

    The story involves a construction foreman who fires one of his crew for fighting, which leads the disgruntled employee to steal. He then cause the blame to be put on the foreman, who is finally exonerated when the thief is exposed. All of this conflict is woven in and around the actual construction of the building as the work is in progress. There is ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
  • TR's funeral at Oyster Bay, 1919 /

    TR's funeral at Oyster Bay, 1919 /

    Views of Christ Episcopal Church, the funeral procession, and Youngs Memorial Cemetery during the funeral of Theodore Roosevelt on January 8, 1919, in Oyster Bay, N.Y. Medium close shot of specially delegated New York City mounted police guards, followed by hearse, passing on road in front of church; long shot at church entrance of flag-draped casket being placed in hearse, with line of funeral ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1919
  • Turkish dance, Ella Lola /

    Turkish dance, Ella Lola /

    A young, dark-haired woman performs a period "Oriental" dance (commonly known as a belly dance) with some Turkish styling. She performs distinctive dance movements that include shoulder shimmies with pelvic movements and several foot patterns, side traveling movements with pelvic circles, a slow pelvic circle and a front pelvic lock, and paddle turns with various arm gestures. Her dance costume consists of a two-layered ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Dancing boxing match, Montgomery and Stone / Catalog Record

    Dancing boxing match, Montgomery and Stone /

    Very short vaudeville turn from the well-known team of Montgomery and Stone. Appears to have been filmed outdoors in front of black paper taped up on a wall as a backdrop. Two men box in a comedic manner, with the film opening as one man in a cap punches the other and then ducks behind him. The second man swings wildly through the air, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1907
  • Taping coils, Westinghouse works /

    Taping coils, Westinghouse works /

    Numerous women stand at several rows of tables where they appear to be wrapping tape around some devices, presumably coils. Male supervisors walk down the aisles, observing the women's work.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • 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
  • 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
  • Buffalo stockyards /

    Buffalo stockyards /

    From Edison films catalog: A long line of horses, mules and ponies are led, driven and ridden into the yards, where they are sold and distributed. 50 feet. 7.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Fisherman's Wharf /

    Fisherman's Wharf /

    From F.Z. Maguire catalogue: Shows the wharf at 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
  • Haiti, 1932-1937

    Haiti, 1932-1937

    This clip, from Fred Allsop's private collection, shows boys performing a scissors dance during Mardi Gras in Haiti. Originally recorded on 8mm, the film includes other Mardi Gras celebrations including parades with floats, men and women wearing elaborate costumes and masks, and a stilt dancer. (Content).

    • Contributor: Allsop, Fred
    • Original Format: Film, Video
  • Panorama of Orphans' Home, Galveston /

    Panorama of Orphans' Home, Galveston /

    "The camera focuses on the building indicated as the Orphans Home, showing damage created by either the wind of the hurricane or the backwash from the tidal wave, and including debris around the yard. As the camera begins to pan for about 25 degrees, it shows further damage of the buildings"--Early motion pictures. "The Galveston Cyclone series: At the first news of the disaster ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Mining operations, Pennsylvania coal fields /

    Mining operations, Pennsylvania coal fields /

    The film opens on an area covered with snow where the following operations are visible: track laying, and dirt moving by explosion, grader, steam shovel, and steam engine.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • The People and the President: America?s Conversations with FDR

    The People and the President: America?s Conversations with FDR

    One of the many profound changes instituted by FDR: "a revolution in the pattern of communication between Americans and their Chief Executive."

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2002-10-15
  • Babies rolling eggs /

    Babies rolling eggs /

    Some small children in winter clothing face the camera in a semicircle. They throw what appear to be eggs down the incline toward the camera position. From left and right of the camera, a great number of young boys scramble for the eggs. Many close-ups and mass photographs of the activities are then shown.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • Delivering mail from sub-station /

    Delivering mail from sub-station /

    The subjects seen by the camera are a portion of a large building with columns in front that indicates it is a government building and three small shuttle streetcars across the street from the camera position. As the film progresses, the shuttle cars leave. Twice during the film a larger streetcar passes in front of the camera position.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • A morning bath /

    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
  • Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music

    Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music

    Mark Katz, a professor at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at The Johns Hopkins University, discussed his book, "Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music." The event was sponsored by the Library's John W. Kluge Center, the Music Division and the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. According to Katz, who teaches in the Department of Musicology at the Peabody, there is more ...

    • Contributor: Katz, Mark
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2005-11-09
  • 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
  • [Color experiment: Pouring Coca-Cola can contents into a paper cup of ice (3 of 3)]

    [Color experiment: Pouring Coca-Cola can contents into a pape...

    • Contributor: Mccann Erickson
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1964-00-00
  • Charity ball /

    Charity ball /

    A man in formal dinner clothes and a woman in a white ruffled dress with a flower corsage and white shoes execute various dance steps designed as exhibition dancing. The set is bare, without backdrops or props. The couple's feet are not evident at times in the frame, and the dance appears to have been shot in relatively slow motion.

    • Contributor: Edison Manufacturing Co.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Dog factory / Catalog Record

    Dog factory /

    Part 1: In the middle of a store set sits a machine identified as the "Patent Dog Transformator." On the walls behind it are coils of sausages or hot dogs, labeled with the name of the dog they represent: Pointer, Setter, Fighting Bull, Bull, Terrier, Spaniel, Poodle, Plain Dog, Trained Dog, Bull Pups, Boston Bull, Daschund [sic], Mut, and Pug. At the top of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • [Flag services for TR at Oyster Bay, October 1919] /

    [Flag services for TR at Oyster Bay, October 1919] /

    On October 27, 1919 the Roosevelt memorial flag, which has been carried across New York State in TR's honor, is brought to rest at his grave in Youngs Memorial Cemetery, Oyster Bay, N.Y. View of two young girls and a boy placing flower bouquet and flag through fence surrounding TR's grave, event may not be part of flag ceremonies. Shots from different angles of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1919
  • The gay shoe clerk /

    The gay shoe clerk /

    From Edison films catalog: Scene shows interior of shoe-store. Young lady and chaperone enter. While a fresh young clerk is trying a pair of high-heeled slippers on the young lady, the chaperone seats herself and gets interested in a paper. The scene changes to a very close view, showing only the lady's foot and the clerk's hands tying the slipper. As her dress is ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • 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
  • S.S. "Queen" leaving dock /

    S.S. "Queen" leaving dock /

    "Shows S.S. Queen backing out from the dock of Norther Pacific R.R. Seattle, Wash, the decks covered with a mass of passengers, leaving for the new gold field"--Phonoscope, January 1898, p. 12.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • [Color experiment: Coca-Cola bottle with three hot dogs (2 of 3)]

    [Color experiment: Coca-Cola bottle with three hot dogs (2 of...

    • Contributor: Mccann Erickson
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1964-00-00
  • Cancelling machine, U.S.P.O. /

    Cancelling machine, U.S.P.O. /

    The camera that photographed this film, built around the operation of cancelling mail, was placed high enough to include not only the machine and its operation but also the man who was making it work. During the film, a large number of envelopes are worked through the machine by an operator.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Pity the blind, no. 2 / Catalog Record

    Pity the blind, no. 2 /

    Filmed version of a popular vaudeville gag, as if from the audience of a variety theater. A boy, holding a sign under his arm, leads a man onto a stage with a painted backdrop of a city street corner. With his dark glasses and cane, the man is apparently blind. He kneels down slightly left of center stage and lays down his hat and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • 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
  • Funeral of Hiram Cronk /

    Funeral of Hiram Cronk /

    The film shows a city thoroughfare lined with crowds of people watching a military parade. The first group to come into view is a marching band [Frame: 0120], then a large formation of soldiers in the uniform of Rough Riders [0720]. Following them is a hearse drawn by four black horses, escorted by veterans of the Civil War [2742], and horse-drawn open carriages. The ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • Sunset Limited, Southern Pacific Ry. /

    Sunset Limited, Southern Pacific Ry. /

    "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"--Edison films catalog. "Southern Pacific Company series: The Southern Pacific Company ("Sunset Route") offers special inducements to winter travelers, by ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Panorama, Union Square, San Francisco /

    Panorama, Union Square, San Francisco /

    This film shows the crowd gathered in San Francisco for the dedication of the Dewey Monument in Union Square, on Thursday, May 14, 1903, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. The Monument, which is still in place, commemorates the victory of Admiral George Dewey and the American fleet over Spanish forces at Manila Bay, the Philippines, on May 1, 1898, during the Spanish-American War. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • TR in Africa [1909, 2] /

    TR in Africa [1909, 2] /

    Scenes of African peoples and of TR's safari party, all probably filmed in British East Africa (Kenya) in 1909. View of TR planting a tree in front of trading company building, possibly located in Mombasa, long shot of busy amusement area in Kenyan seaport of Mombasa, including shot of ferris wheel filled with Swahilis; shots, taken from observation platform on train engine, of plains ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1909
  • [Buster's revenge on the tramp] /

    [Buster's revenge on the tramp] /

    "The opening scene shows Bridget asleep at the kitchen-table, and Buster enters on tip-toe. After tying her apron over her head and to the back of the chair, he tries to reach a jar of jam on the top shelf of the pantry. After several futile attempts, he gives up. His attention is now attracted by a tramp at the window. Buster beckons the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • The New Deal Legacy and Contemporary Scholarship, Part 2

    The New Deal Legacy and Contemporary Scholarship, Part 2

    The "New Deal" Franklin Delano Roosevelt had promised the American people began to take shape immediately after his inauguration on March 4, 1933. The multi-faceted social, cultural and fiscal recovery program aimed to reform and reinvigorate national life, and to end the Great Depression. Many New Deal administrators believed that art could be a part of the daily lives of all Americans, not just ...

    • Contributor: Various - Brannan, Beverly W. - Birney, Alice L. (Alice Lotvin) - Breiseth, Christopher Neri - Camp, Charles - Clark, Robert William - Cleary, Beth M. - Cole, John Young - Dimunation, Mark G. - Gottesmann, Laura - Kalin, Andrea - Katzman, Laura - Kazin, Michael - Kerst, Catherine Hiebert - McDannell, Colleen - Morgan, Mindy J. - Peatross, C. Ford - Rachleff, Peter J. - Remsberg, Rich - Sapoznik, Henry - Tidwell, John Edgar - Wiltsey, Tom - Zvonchenko, Walter - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Library of Congress
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material - Collection
    • Date: 2008-03-14
  • 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
  • Pilot boats in New York harbor /

    Pilot boats in New York harbor /

    A New York harbor pilot boat passes close enough for members of the crew to be seen [Frame: 0471]. Following the sailing vessel is a steamship [Frame: 0780]. "A close view of an eighty footer, schooner-rigged, trim as a private yacht, skimming over the waters of the harbor near Robin's Reef [i.e., Robbins Reef], which picturesque little lighthouse is seen in the near background. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • [Stop motion: Walking hot dog, hamburgers, and disappearing Coca-Cola]

    [Stop motion: Walking hot dog, hamburgers, and disappearing C...

    • Contributor: The D'Arcy Agency
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1953-00-00
  • 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
  • Hilltop outtake: Man (Billy Davis) being chased by others trying to spray him with Coca-Cola. Changes into view of four men holding bottles.

    Hilltop outtake: Man (Billy Davis) being chased by others try...

    • Contributor: Mccann Erickson
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1971-00-00
  • Packing ammunition on mules, Cuba /

    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
  • TR at Forest Hills, New York, 1917 [2] /

    TR at Forest Hills, New York, 1917 [2] /

    At Forest Hills, July 4, 1917, TR speaks in support of vigorous American war involvement and attacks conscientious objectors in an address at the Forest Hills Gardens railroad station; he later reviews the Forest Hills Rifle Club in a nearby field. Views of TR marching with Rifle Club members, speaking informally with individuals, standing at attention as Club marches past, and talking with an ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1917
  • U.S. troops and Red Cross in the trenches before Caloocan /

    U.S. troops and Red Cross in the trenches before Caloocan /

    "Our troops have driven the Filipinos out of the trenches, and, after firing one or two volleys, press on in pursuit. The enemy returns the fire and the forward rush is marked by a trail of dead and wounded. Following close behind is the hospital corps. Stretchers are quickly brought out and the nurses tenderly care for the fallen and carry them to the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Cupid and Psyche /

    Cupid and Psyche /

    "An original dance by the Leander Sisters, performed at the Sutro Baths, San Francisco, Cal. One is dressed as Cupid, with the accompanying wings, bow and arrow; the other represents Psyche. The dance is full of grace and action and the figures show life size and very clear. The costumes are white and show up in beautiful contrast to the dark background, which is ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • TR's reception in Albuquerque, N.M., 1916 /

    TR's reception in Albuquerque, N.M., 1916 /

    TR is cordially received on October 23, 1916 in Albuquerque, N.M. where he speaks on behalf of the Republican presidential candidate, Charles Evans Hughes, and attacks President Wilson's Mexican policies. There are long shots of TR being greeted in the courtyard of the Alvarado Hotel; TR walks with a group of men that includes former Rough Rider George Curry, appointed territorial Governor of New ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1916
  • Colonel Funston swimming the Bagbag River /

    Colonel Funston swimming the Bagbag River /

    A fictionalized reenactment of an incident in the Spanish-American War when an American officer swam the Bagbag River despite the presence of enemy soldiers on the opposite shore. He jumps into the river under cover of fire by his men at the enemy, leading some on a raft, and eventually the American flag is unfurled in victory.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Panorama of Machine Co. aisle, Westinghouse Co. works /

    Panorama of Machine Co. aisle, Westinghouse Co. works /

    A camera on an overhead crane travels down a large, long aisle where men are shown working on large machinery on either side. Carts carrying equipment are shown traveling on rails down the aisles. There are also men walking in the aisles.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • New Black Diamond Express /

    New Black Diamond Express /

    "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 men, who are working ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • First Experience

    First Experience

    • Contributor: Leo Burnett Usa
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1999-00-00
  • [Lancaster, Pa., high school] /

    [Lancaster, Pa., high school] /

    Shows boys and girls going out the door and down the steps of a high school building in Lancaster, Pa. The boys come out first, led by a man, probably a teacher, holding a young boy's hand. The boys wear suits, and a few carry books or instrument cases. The girls, wearing long dresses and broad-brimmed hats, follow the boys. The last person to ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 190?
  • Colonel Roosevelt is invited to fly in Arch Hoxsey's plane at St. Louis, Mo., 1910 /

    Colonel Roosevelt is invited to fly in Arch Hoxsey's plane at...

    While participating in the Missouri State Republican Party's campaign on October 11, 1910, TR is invited to fly in a biplane with Arch Hoxsey as pilot. Accompanied by Herbert S. Hadley, Governor of Missouri (1909-1913) and two men who appear to be Henry W. Kiel, Mayor of St. Louis, and Sheriff Louis Nolte, TR arrives in motorcade at Kinloch aviation field; man, who appears ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1910
  • TR Jr. with group of sailors and soldiers /

    TR Jr. with group of sailors and soldiers /

    Medium close view of TR Jr. talking with two sailors and two soldiers. Interior title identifies TR Jr. as one of the founders of the new Legion, which was incorporated by Congress on Sept. 16, 1919 as the American Legion.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1919
  • Leander Sisters /

    Leander Sisters /

    The Leander Sisters perform a clever, characteristic dance called the "Yellow Kid." Stage is in the Sutro Baths, San Francisco, Cal., and the audience is composed largely of bathers. One sister appears to be dressed as Richard Outcault's Yellow Kid comic strip character.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • The Roosevelt Dam [1] /

    The Roosevelt Dam [1] /

    Film depicts TR's commitment to the reclamation of desert land and his belief that natural resources exist for the public benefit. Included are close-up views of Frederick H. Newell, first director of the U.S. Reclamation Service and Gifford Pinchot, first chief forester and leader of the conservation movement in the U.S.; both influenced TR's thinking and action on conservation. TR fought successfully for the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1928
  • Ameta / Catalog Record

    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 ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903