• Feeding sea gulls /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 10Mar1898; 16429. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 0:27 at 27 fps. From Edison films catalog: A fine view of San Francisco Bay, from an Oakland ferryboat. Tug towing a scow passes by. Sea gulls sail through the air and dive into the seething wake of the boat. 40 feet. $6.00. Advertised as part of the "Southern Pacific Company Series" (Edison films ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Scene in Chinatown /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 24Apr1903; H30730. Duration: 1:06 at 15 fps. Camera, Raymond Ackerman. Photographed: September 15, 1900. Location: Chinatown, San Francisco. This film was shot in an alley of San Francisco's Chinatown on Saturday, September 15, 1900, at midday. The topography of the site (sloping down to the far street), the width of the alley, the location of utility poles [Frame: ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • [Unidentified Staples & Charles. San Francisco after the earthquake and fire of 1906] /

    Copyright: no reg. Duration: 3:05 (part 1), 2:34 (part 2), and 2:21 (part 3) at 15 fps. Photographed: late April, 1906. Location: various locations in and near downtown San Francisco, California. 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 ...

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

    Copyright: no reg. Duration: 3:39 (part 1), 2:59 (part 2), 3:13 (part 3), and 3:08 (part 4) at 15 fps. 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 ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
  • A trip down Market Street before the fire /

    Copyright: no reg. Duration: 3:10 (part 1), 4:18 (part 2), and 3:10 (part 3) at 15 fps. Location: Market Street, San Francisco. This film, shot from the front window of a moving Market Street cable car, is a rare record of San Francisco's principal thoroughfare and downtown area before their destruction in the 1906 earthquake and fire. The filmed ride covers 1.55 miles at ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
  • Leander Sisters /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 25Oct1897; 60561. Performers: Leander Sisters. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 0:26 at 30 fps. From Edison films catalog: A clever, characteristic dance called the "Yellow Kid." Very unique. Stage is in the Sutro Baths, San Francisco, Cal., and the audience is composed largely of bathers. 50 feet. $7.50. Filmed August 22, 1897, at the Sutro Baths in San Francisco, California. Available ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Union Iron Works /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 10Mar1898; 16436. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 0:29 at 27 fps. 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 ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Cupid and Psyche /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 25Oct1897; 60560. Performers: Leander Sisters. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 0:28 at 30 fps. From Edison films catalog: By the Leanders. The dress of one consists of a pair of wings and a bow and arrow; the other represents a fairy. Bathers in all stages of dress and undress watch the graceful dance. 50 feet. $7.50. Filmed August 22, 1897, at ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Launch of life boat /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 25Oct1897; 60570. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 0:24 at 30 fps. From F.Z. Maguire catalogue: Taken at the Pacific Coast Life Saving Service, Fort Point Station, Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., commanded by Capt. Joseph Hodgson, and shows the crew in the act of starting for a wreck. The scene opens with the opening of the boat-house door, followed by the boat ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Panoramic view of the Golden Gate /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 11Jan1902; H13041. Duration: 2:39 at 15 fps. Location: Mt. Tamalpais, Marin County, California. 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 ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • Troops embarking at San Francisco /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 22Jun1898; 38256. Duration: 0:52 at 15 fps. Photographed: May 13, 1898. Location: Pacific Mail Steamship Company Dock, San Francisco. This film shows troops of the First Regiment, California Volunteers, boarding the Pacific Mail steamer City of Peking to serve in the Philippine theater of the Spanish-American War. The film was shot at the Pacific Mail Steamship Company dock between 10:50am ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • San Francisco Chinese funeral /

    Copyright: no reg. Duration: 2:19 at 12 fps. Photographed: September 23, 1903. Location: Dupont Street [now Grant Avenue], Chinatown, San Francisco. 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 ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Sutro Baths, no. 1 /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 25Oct1897; 60559. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 0:24 at 30 fps. From Edison films catalog: One of the sights of San Francisco. A 50-foot slide is used by the bathers, who toboggan down its slippery surface in all positions. The bathers are clad in black trunks, making fine contrast with the flesh tints. 50 feet. $7.50. "In the background are three ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Launching, no. 2 /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 10Mar1898; 16435. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 0:25 at 30 fps. From Edison films catalog: The camera was changed after the former subject had been photographed [Cataloger's note: see film entitled Launch of Japanese man-of-war "Chitosa"] and the ship is seen nearly head-on, bow first, still floating backward into the harbor, while in the foreground are seen numerous row-boats with their ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Exploded gas tanks, U.S. Mint, Emporium and Spreckels Bld'g /

    Copyright: no reg. Duration: 2:15 at 15 fps. 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 ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
  • Arrest in Chinatown, San Francisco, Cal. /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 25Oct1897; 60596. Duration: 0:24 at 30 fps. This film shows the arrest and conveyance of a Chinese man in Chinatown, watched by a crowd of onlookers. The precise date of this film and the arrest charge are uncertain. It is possible that the arrest was connected with the smuggling of illegal immigrants from China. By mutual agreement between China and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Return of lifeboat /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 25Oct1897; 60576. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 0:21 at 30 fps. From Edison films catalog: Shows a life boat coming through the breakers. The surf is high and the stout boat is tossed about like a cork. 50 feet. $7.50. Advertised as part of the "Pacific Coast Life Saving Service Series" (Edison films catalog): These subjects are illustrative of the work ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Launch of Japanese man-of-war "Chitosa" [i.e., "Chitose"] /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 10Mar1898; 16427. Duration: 0:52 at 15 fps. Photographed: January 22, 1898. Location: Union Iron Works Shipyard, San Francisco. This film shows the launching of the Imperial Japanese Navy cruiser Chitose at the Union Iron Works shipyard, San Francisco, on Saturday, January 22, 1898. The camera view is east, across a small inlet of Central Basin, to slipway #1. Four additional ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Catalog Record

    Before and after the great earthquake and fire early films of San Francisco, 1897-1916 / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Mode of access: World Wide Web. Title from Web page (viewed on Feb. 9, 2006). Offered as part of the American Memory online resource compiled by the National Digital Library Program of the Library of Congress. Site offers a perspective on the effects the San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fires of 1906 had on the development of the city. Seventeen films shot before the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1999
  • Capsize of lifeboat /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 25Oct1897; 60571. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 0:25 at 30 fps. From Edison films catalog: Daily practise [sic] of life boat crew, showing boat being upset purposely by the men. As these boats are self-righting and self-bailing, the scene is particularly interesting. 50 feet. $7.50. Advertised as part of the "Pacific Coast Life Saving Service Series" (Edison films catalog): These subjects ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Catalog Record

    Early films of San Francisco, before and after the great earthquake & fire, 1897-1916 / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Copyright: no reg. Alternate title: San Francisco videodisc. DLC Videodisc operates as a level 3 interactive video when run with the Apple MacIntosh version of the American Memory program or as a level 1 video in a standard CAV videodisc player. Videodisc available in M/B/RS Reading Room. Digital version also available over the Internet. Side A) Trip down Market Street before the fire -- ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1994
  • Panorama of beach and Cliff House /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 30Sep1903; H36355. Duration: 1:35 at 15 fps. Camera, H.J. Miles. Photographed: September 23, 1903. Location: San Francisco, California. This film is an afternoon panorama of weekend crowds at the north end of Ocean Beach, the western shore of San Francisco near the famed Cliff House. The film postdates the nearby Dutch Windmill (1902) and predates the burning of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Native daughters /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 10Mar1898; 16434. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 0:33 at 24 fps. From Edison films catalog: Taken at San Francisco, Cal., at the Golden Jubilee. In the foreground is shown an immense concourse of people, including ladies and children, while the background is formed by very high buildings, from the windows of which numerous flags are waving. The film opens showing the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Sutro Baths /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20Sept1897; 52619. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 0:24 at 30 fps. From Edison films catalog: Another view in which the figures show larger. A springboard furnishes the bathers with much amusement; also a toboggan slide. 50 feet. $7.50. "A large indoor swimming pool is shown, as well as the walkways that separate the varying depths of the water, and a sign ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Panorama, Union Square, San Francisco /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 4Jun1903; H32394. Duration: 2:04 (part 1) and 2:43 (part 2) at 10 fps. Camera, H.J. Miles. 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 9:00am to 9:20am. The Monument, which is still in place, commemorates the victory of Admiral George Dewey ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903