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    Trapeze disrobing act / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Camera is positioned as if in the audience at a vaudeville or burlesque show. Two men with long hair and beards in rough clothing appear to be eating and talking in a box on the left as a female aerialist sits on a trapeze over the stage and its painted backdrop of trees. Fully dressed in street clothing, the trapezist removes her jacket and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • 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
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    A nymph of the waves / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Superimposition of a woman dancing over footage of crashing waves from the rapids of Niagara Falls. The woman wears a frilly, perhaps feather-trimmed, white dress with a low-cut bodice, a matching feathered hat, white stockings, and white ballet slippers. She holds up her skirt through the entire dance, revealing her ankles and lower legs as well as a flash of a garter above the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
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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
  • 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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    Chimmie Hicks at the races / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Filming of a character sketch by the well-known vaudevillian Charles E. Grapewin. On a bare stage backed by a dark curtain, a man dressed in a three-piece suit and overcoat holds a racing program and excitedly watches a race supposedly taking place offstage. With enthusiastic jumping and other delighted pantomime, he makes it clear his horse has won the race. A second man in ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
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    Betsy Ross dance / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opens on a bare stage with a painted backdrop of an interior theater wall and pillar. From screen right, a woman twirls onstage and performs an enthusiastic dance. It appears she is a woman dressed to look like a little girl, in a short, ruffled dress and sash, tights, and ballet slippers, with long, dark hair worn in curls. Her movements include some with ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Kiss me /

    Opens on a stage set of a street with a sidewalk and a high fence completely covered with female burlesque troupe posters. The four posters visible advertise actual contemporary burlesquers Fred Irwin's Majestics, Rose Sydell (of her London Belles), Phil Sheridan's New City Sports (with the tag line "Ain't we three birds"), and the Rentz-Santley Co. One of the center posters--that for Rose Sydell--features ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
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    Birth of the pearl / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Two women dressed in elaborately decorated leotards and white tights stand on the edges of a stage, holding closed a dark curtain. A boy places two signs that read "Birth of the Pearl" in lyre-shaped easels on either side of the stage. The women draw the curtain, revealing a painted backdrop of the ocean and a seashore setting, upon which sits a large, closed ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
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    Japanese acrobats / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    An Oriental man and boy walk on a stage with a painted backdrop of a garden or park, give a slight bow to the camera as if it were an audience member, and remove their silk jackets. Both wear dark tights and leotards with light-colored slippers; the man also wears grey trunks, and the boy sports a white cloth around his middle. Lying on ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
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    Expert bag punching / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    A man stands on a stage with a painted backdrop of a forest, as if performing a vaudeville act. To the right of the frame is a sign on an easel identifying him as "Gus Keller, Novelty Bag Puncher, New Polo A.A." To the left of the frame is a rack of various punching bags, topped by American flags and a sign identifying the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • 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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    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
  • 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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    Karina / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    On a bare stage with a black background stands a woman with short, curly hair, wearing a dark dress with a sleeveless top, low-cut bodice, mid-calf length skirt, and layers of petticoats. Smiling at the camera, she seductively raises her skirt to reveal the multiple white petticoats, as well as her lacy, white bloomers to the knees, white tights, and a garter on her ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
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    Happy Hooligan / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opens on a stage set of a house exterior, complete with a door, window, and ivy on the walls. In front of the house, an organ-grinder plays as Happy Hooligan listens and claps along merrily. The Hooligan character is dressed as a tramp in a ragged and torn suit, and sports a bald pate with an incredibly tiny hat perched atop it. A middle-aged ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
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    Alphonse and Gaston, no. 3 / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opens on a set of a saloon or tavern with a long bar and pictures on the wall that include boxers, a ballerina, and a reclining female. At the end of the bar stands the bartender, reading a newspaper. Two men dressed as the clownish characters of Alphonse and Gaston enter the bar. Both have dark, bushy hair and beards and wear hats, with ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
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    Sandow / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Strong-man Eugene (Eugen) Sandow poses in a long shot on a bare stage against a black background, wearing only tight trunks and laced sandals. He begins with his arms folded against his chest, looking off screen left, then strikes a variety of poses that accentuate his muscular development. These positions include flexing his right arm with the fist to his head and face to ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1896
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    Fougère / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opens on a stage with a painted backdrop of what appears to be clouds [K.R. Niver sees the background as rolling waves]. From the left of the frame enters Eugenie Fougère in a strutting type of leg movement, shot in profile but with her face turned toward the camera. She wears a dress with a dark, lace-patterned, low-cut bodice, striped sleeves, and a frilly ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
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    The tramp's unexpected skate / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    On a stage with a painted backdrop of a terrace overlooking a park, a man identified as a tramp by his ragged costume and beard lies asleep against a potted palm tree. Two boys enter from screen right, each rolling on one skate. They see the sleeping tramp, communicate to each other through gestures the gag they have in mind, and bend down to ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
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    As in a looking glass / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opens on a split stage set of two rooms with a door and wall between them. In the living or dining room on the left of the frame, an elderly, bearded man sits at a table, reading the newspaper. In the bedroom on the right, a boy in a suit with short pants attaches a long string to the end of a dresser drawer, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
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    From show girl to burlesque queen / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opens on a dressing room set with a mirror, dressing table, and chair center stage and a folded dressing screen on the left. A smiling, dark-haired woman enters through the door on stage right, unbuttoning a full-length polka-dot costume. As she undresses, she frequently looks directly at the camera and smiles. She removes her sash or cummerbund, the top with its trailing sleeves, and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
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    Three acrobats / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Vaudeville stage act of two male and one female clown-acrobats who make use of a constructed "break-away" wall of spring-hinged windows and doors. Begins with a male clown in dark tights and leotard with a white clown collar tumbling through the set's upper window, as a second male in a light suitcoat over dark tights and leotard tumbles out the bottom window. Both men ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • 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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    Crissie Sheridan / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

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

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897