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    The serenaders / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    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
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    Ella Lola, a la Trilby / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    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
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    Toto Brothers / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    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
  • 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
  • [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
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    Arabian gun twirler / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    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
  • 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
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    Dancing boxing match, Montgomery and Stone / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    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
  • 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
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    Dog factory / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    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
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    Pity the blind, no. 2 / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    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
  • [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?
  • Latina, dislocation act /

    Opens with a repeat of the last scene in "Latina, contortionist." In a medium shot from the bust up, Latina faces the camera and interlaces her fingers with her arms held out in front of her, palms towards the camera and elbows pointed out. In that position, she raises her arms over and behind her head and then down her back, dislocating her shoulders ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
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    Bicycle trick riding, no. 2 / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opens with a man riding a bicycle in a backwards circle, on a stage with a painted backdrop of a city street. He dismounts, then remounts the cycle and rides in a forwards circle, pausing and balancing for a moment as he rears up and spins the front wheel. Continuing in the circle, the man moves in front of the handlebars and continues pedaling ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Levi & Cohen, the Irish comedians /

    Opens on a vaudeville or variety stage with a flat painted curtain of a stone fence and garden. On the right side of the stage sits a sign that reads "Zuzu Daffy, Singing Soubret." A boy in an usher's uniform crosses the stage and replaces the sign with one that reads "Levi and Cohen, Irish Comedians." The boy exits, and the curtain rises to ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
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    A wake in "Hell's Kitchen" / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Takes place on a rather plain room set, with a single religious picture and a coat hanging from the plain, white walls. An open coffin sits in the center of the room, with its lid leaning against the back wall. An older, grey-haired woman--presumably the widow--stands holding a bunch of flowers to the left of the coffin, wailing and wiping away her tears with ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
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    Mr. Jack in the dressing room / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opens on a stage set of the interior of a theatrical dressing room. Along a bar that serves as a dressing table sit three costumed young women--perhaps chorus girls or members of a burlesque troope--adjusting their hair and makeup in three mirrors hanging from the wall. Two of the women wear very short outfits that show their stockinged legs; the third woman is dressed ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • [End of school day at coeducational school] /

    A factual film in which exuberant boys and girls, apparently high school students, walk through the arches of a school building and down the steps. Most of the boys wear caps and most of the girls wear fancy hats and ankle-length or mid-calf length full skirts; many of the students carry books. Two men attired in robes appear. Possibly a scene of graduation day ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1914
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    A ballroom tragedy / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opens on a set of a sitting room, apparently off a ballroom where dancers occasionally can be glimpsed through a curtained entrance stage right. Near the entrance, a young couple in formal attire talk--perhaps angrily--as another couple exit the dancing. The second man introduces his companion--a striking woman in a risqué white gown with a low-cut bodice and bare shoulders--to the other man and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • Latina, contortionist /

    A woman wearing a light-colored leotard, gathered at the waist, and tights stands against a black background. Although she is filmed in a long shot, her feet are cut off in the frame. She opens with a flourish of her arms and faces the camera. First stretching up with her arms, Latina then bends in half at the waist, steps into a metal ring ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • Subub surprises the burglar /

    Opens on a bedroom set, with a man in a white nightshirt asleep on a Murphy bed. The bedroom window is raised from the outside, and a man dressed in black clothes and cap enters, furtively looks around the room, and checks to see that the bed's occupant is asleep. The burglar then rummages through the clothes in a chest of drawers and, finding ...

    • Contributor: Edison Manufacturing Co.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
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    2 a.m. in the subway / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opens on a set of a subway platform, with two tracks on either side and stairs leading up to the exit. A policeman stretches and wearily sits on a box or crate, as a uniformed conductor awaits a train. A subway car arrives on the left side of the platform and the conductor opens the door. A well-dressed man with a cigar in his ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • [Theater commercial--Onward flour] /

    Film advertisement for Onward Flour, "the finest bread maker in the world." Features a multiple-exposure screen illustrating a bag of Onward flour, a woman making bread, a closeup of a finished loaf of bread, and graphics.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 192?
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    Dancing darkey boy / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    In this outside street scene, a small African American boy--dressed in a cap, leggings, and suit with short pants--dances on a table or other flat, raised surface. Surrounding and encouraging him with hand claps is a group of men, the majority or perhaps entirety of whom are white. This audience is dressed in a variety of styles, from shirtsleeves and caps to suits and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
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    The extra turn / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Camera is positioned as if in the audience of a vaudeville show. A man and two women, all in evening clothes, are seated in a theater box to the left of a stage with curtains and a painted backdrop of trees. A young woman in a white dress, identified by a sign as "Dolly Lightfoot," performs a simple dance with leg kicks. The audience ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903