• 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
  • 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
  • President reviewing school children /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 4June1903; H32393. Camera, Herbert J. Miles. Appearing: Theodore Roosevelt. Duration: 2:03 at 18 fps. Materials listed originate from the paper print chosen best copy of two for digitization; for other holdings on this title, contact M/B/RS reference staff. DLC From the side of a broad avenue, a crowd of people await the arrival of President Theodore Roosevelt. The ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Fishing smacks /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 25Oct1897; 60563. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 0:25 at 30 fps. From F.Z. Maguire catalogue: Taken at Fisherman's Wharf, 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 ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • 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
  • S.S. "Coptic" sailing away /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 25Oct1897; 60582. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 0:25 at 30 fps. From F.Z. Maguire catalogue: Shows the vessel after she has been fully turned and on her way across the Pacific. The boat shows large and clear with smoke coming from the stack. In the foreground is a constantly changing crowd of people composed of men, women and children. Action is ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • San Francisco disaster /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 19May1906; H77924. Duration: 2:42 at 15 fps. Camera, G.W. Bitzer. Photographed: May 5, 1906. Location: Studio, New York City. This film shows the partial burning of a small-scale model of downtown San Francisco in an early attempt at simulating the 1906 disaster. The model is seen in aerial view from above the South-of-Market district, looking northwest toward Market ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
  • Lurline Baths /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 25Oct1897; 60578. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 0:20 at 30 fps. From Edison films catalog: At San Francisco. The main feature is the toboggan slide which the bathers use, some sitting, others lying down, head first or feet first. 50 feet. $7.50. Filmed ca. August 1897, at the Lurline Baths in San Francisco, California. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • 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
  • 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
  • S.S. "Coptic" in the harbor /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 25Oct1897; 60581. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 0:23 at 30 fps. From F.Z. Maguire catalogue: Shows the vessel away from the dock and slowly turning. The vessel is seen to good advantage, the four masts, smokestack and hull being faithfully reproduced. Clouds of smoke pour out of the funnel, and volumes of steam out of the exhaust pipe. In the foreground ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • After launching /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 10Mar1898; 16426. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 0:27 at 30 fps. From Edison films catalog: Taken near the Union Works, San Francisco, Cal., immediately after the launching of the Japanese Man-of-war "Chitose." The scene opens with the pleasure yacht "Unadilla" passing in the immediate foreground, her decks loaded with passengers. The boat slowly passes, until the stern is directly to the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • 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
  • TR in San Francisco, 1903 /

    Copyright: no reg. Duration: 2:26 at 15 fps. Photographed: May 13, 1903. Location: Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, California. President Roosevelt reviewed the school children of San Francisco from 10:00am to 10:30am on Wednesday, May 13, 1903. An estimated 40,000 school children gathered along both sides of Van Ness Avenue, west of the downtown area, for the parade. The wide north-south boulevard, partially lined ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • San Francisco's future /

    Copyright: no reg. Duration: 3:27 (part 1) and 2:13 (part 2) at 15 fps. Location: San Francisco, California. By mid-1916, after viewing the carnage in Europe, the United States saw itself poised with great reluctance on the edge of participation in World War I. Isolationism and anti-preparedness feeling remained strong in San Francisco, not only among radicals such as the International Workers of the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1916
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tenderloin at night /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 27Nov1899; 77521. Duration: 2:02 at 16 fps. Filmed ca. June to September 1899, probably in West Orange, New Jersey. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 533; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files. 1 reel of 1 (ca. 175 ft.) ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Army pack train bringing supplies. /

    Copyright: no reg. Duration: 1:46 at 15 fps. Photographed: 1906. Location: San Francisco, California. This film highlights the role of the United States Army in transporting supplies following the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco. The Army's relief operations headquarters was at their base, the Presidio, outside the burned part of the city. The Army played a major role in relief and refugee ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
  • 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
  • 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
  • Procession of floats /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 10Mar1898; 16425. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 0:32 at 24 fps. From Edison films catalog: Taken at San Francisco, Cal., at the Golden Jubilee. In the foreground are seen crowds of people, all being very close to the camera. The first float is drawn by four white horses and is at least twenty feet long. It carries a full load of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • The President's carriage /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 4Jun1903; H32392. Duration: 1:36 at 15 fps. Camera, H.J. Miles. Photographed: May 12, 1903. Location: San Francisco, California. This film shows President Roosevelt in San Francisco, passing in the arrival parade on Market Street on Tuesday, May 12, 1903. The camera view is from the north side of Market Street, just east of Grant Avenue. After leaving the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • 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
  • 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