• Armour's electric trolley /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 31July1897; 43409. Camera, William Heise? Duration: 0:26 at 30 fps. From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Shows the private electric railway of Messrs. Armour & Co. in their great Chicago yards. Part of the "Erie Railroad Series" (Edison films catalog): The following subjects present novel and interesting views along the line of the Erie, such as do not always come within ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Buffalo Fire Department in action /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 31July1897; 43411. Camera, William Heise? Duration: 0:25 at 30 fps. From F.Z. Maguire & Co. catalogue: Another of those stirring fire scenes which have proved so popular. There are ten pieces of apparatus in the picture. Every piece fully manned is under full headway, and is shown almost head-on to the beholder. Several of the engines and wagons are drawn ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • 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
  • Racing at Sheepshead Bay /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 31July1897; 43414. Duration: 0:25 at 30 fps. From Edison films catalog: The finish and weighing out of a running race with nine starters. Won by famous Clifford, Sloane up. 50 feet. $7.50. Filmed June 22, 1897, at Sheepshead Bay Race Track, Coney Island, New York. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Sham battle at the Pan-American Exposition /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 25Nov1901; H10816. Duration: 1:03 (part 1) and 3:56 (part 2) at 15 fps. Large arches and columns are seen surrounding a flat field. In the foreground of the field, some American Indians on horseback ride toward the camera. The Indians are wearing feathers, war paint, and are carrying frontier rifles across the bare backs of their horses. In the middle ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • "Columbia" winning the cup /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 24Oct1899; 69350. Camera, J. Stuart Blackton and/or Albert E. Smith. Duration: 1:33 at 16 fps. From Edison films catalog: The decisive moment in the great International Yacht Races is shown in this picture. Against a background of well defined clouds, the Light Boat is seen marking the finishing line in this great aquatic struggle. As the Columbia crosses the line, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Leonard-Cushing fight /

    Copyright: no reg. Camera, William Heise. Appearing: Mike Leonard, Jack Cushing. Originally released for kinetoscope exhibition. Duration: 0:37 at 30 fps. 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. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • Panoramic view of Electric Tower from a balloon /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 14Aug1901; H7634. Duration: 1:20 at 15 fps. Camera: Edwin S. Porter, James H. White. Location: Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, New York. The title indicates that this film was taken from a balloon. However, there is no aerial photography. Instead it is an up and down or elevation of the camera on the then-famous Electric Tower built for the Exposition at Buffalo, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Sleighing scene /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 16Dec1898; 73462. Duration: 0:47 at 15 fps. Location: West Side Drive, Central Park, New York, N.Y. A view of a snow-covered road in Central Park. A variety of horse-drawn sleighs ride by the camera from both directions. Only two pedestrians appear. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: SLEIGHING SCENE. Unbehangen [code for telegraphic orders]. A view taken on the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Tourists going round Yellowstone Park /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 4Jan1899; 2467. Duration: 0:18 at 30 fps. From Edison films catalog: Rapidly one after the other coach after coach passes before the camera. First comes a big one, six horses, crowded top and inside with tourists. They wave hats and handkerchiefs as they pass. Then comes another; then follows four more, each drawn by a four-horse team, while ten or ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Corbett and Courtney before the Kinetograph /

    Copyright: Wm. K. L. Dickson; 17Nov1894; 53707. Performers: James J. Corbett, Peter Courtney. Camera, William Heise. LC copy of film is apparently only one partial round of the original six rounds. DLC Duration: 0:08 at 30 fps. From F.M. Prescott catalog: This fight consists of six rounds, each round on a film 150 feet long. It is not a fac-simile [sic] or a "fake" ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • 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
  • Circular panorama of Electric Tower /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 14Aug1901; H7633. Duration: 1:26 at 15 fps. Camera: Edwin S. Porter, James H. White. Location: Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, New York. The film, photographed from a single camera position, shows the total exposition and its buildings. The film contains a 360-degree pan. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: CIRCULAR PANORAMA OF THE ELECTRIC TOWER. Ungulata. [code for telegraphic orders] A ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • New York City "ghetto" fish market /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32029. Duration: 2:53 at 15 fps. Camera, James Blair Smith. Photographed May 1, 1903. 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, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Panorama of esplanade by night /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 11Nov1901; H10633. Duration: 0:59 at 15 fps. Camera: Edwin S. Porter, James H. White. Location: Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, New York. The first objects visible in this film, which was taken at night, are the glowing light globes that outline the buildings closest to the camera position. The camera slowly pans, encompassing the complete area of the exhibit buildings, and the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Sheep run, Chicago stockyards /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 31July1897; 43406. Camera, William Heise? Duration: 0:26 at 30 fps. From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A large flock of sheep being driven over the runs from the cars to the slaughter beds. The sheep, pressed by the driver and frightened by the surroundings and confusion, move very fast. Advertised as part of the "Erie Railroad Series" (Edison films catalog): The ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Sorting refuse at incinerating plant, New York City /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32038. Duration: 1:42 at 15 fps. Camera, Edwin S. Porter. Photographed May 9, 1903. The subject is a group of about thirty men and boys who are sorting combustible refuse, mostly paper, and stuffing it into large sacks. In the background a man in a hat with an emblem on it can be seen unloading trash from a large ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Free-for-all race at Charter Oak Park /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 31July1897; 43418. Duration: 0:26 at 30 fps. From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Shows a part of the enormous crowd and the start and finish of the free-for-all pacing race, in which the fastest harness horse in the world, John R. Gentry (2:00-1/2), the coming Star Pointer and Frank Agan competed for a purse of 6,000. The heat we photographed was ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Spanish dancers at the Pan-American Exposition /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 28Oct1901; H10111. Duration: 1:18 at 15 fps. Location: Buffalo, New York. The film was photographed from the area back of the midway of the Pan-American Exposition. The immediate background indicates the camera was in front of the living quarters of the gypsy dancing troupe. Several female gypsies in costume appear and dance. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: GYPSY ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Rube and Mandy at Coney Island /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 13Aug1903; H34528. Duration: 3:55 (part 1), 3:44 (part 2), and 4:20 (part 3) at 16 fps. This film records a trip around Coney Island by a couple made up as country bumpkins. The camera placement shows their entrance, exit, and participation in the various concessions. In the next-to-last scene, the two approach a hot dog stand, and each buys a ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Japanese village /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 31July1901; H7330. Duration: 2:40 at 15 fps. Location: Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, New York. At the beginning of the film, at a distance of about one-hundred feet, is a two-story building with a balcony, some tropical plants, and a telephone pole. A young Japanese man appears directly in front of the camera. He is accompanied by two small Japanese boys attired ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Cattle driven to slaughter /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 31July1897; 43405. Camera, William Heise? Duration: 0:25 at 30 fps. From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A herd of long-horn cattle being driven through the Chicago stock yard gates to the slaughter house, where 280 of the animals are killed every hour of the day. Part of the "Erie Railroad Series" (Edison films catalog): The following subjects present novel and interesting ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Pan-American Exposition by night /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 17Oct1901; H9784. Duration: 0:51 at 15 fps. Camera: Edwin S. Porter, James H. White. Location: Buffalo, New York. The film begins with a slow pan over the tower building of the exposition, which was lighted by electric lights. The pan goes from a daylight shot of the grounds to what appears to be a special effects situation involving back lighting ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Esquimaux game of snap-the-whip /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 9Aug1901; H7499. Duration: 0:21 at 20 fps. Camera: Edwin S. Porter, James H. White. Location: Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, New York. The Edison company distributed this film and the film "Esquimaux Game of Leap-frog" as one film, entitled "Scene in the Esquimaux Village." The film, photographed from a single camera position, shows a large tent of animal skins in front of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Building a harbor at San Pedro /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 19Dec1901; H11749. Duration: 4:00 at 14 fps. From Edison films catalog: This picture was secured from a launch furnished by Mr. Eager, President of the California Construction Co., who are fulfilling this Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films catalog, no. 135, Sept. 1902, p. 54-55 [MI]. Available also through the Library ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901