• 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
  • 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
  • Mabel and Fatty viewing the World's Fair at San Francisco, Cal. /

    Copyright: Keystone Film Company; 22Apr1915; MP313. Duration: 3:16 (part 1), 3:34 (part 2), 3:24 (part 3), 2:59 (part 4), and 3:39 (part 5) at 15 fps. Cast: Mabel Normand, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. Photographed: January-February, 1915. Location: San Francisco, California. The 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition was San Francisco's second fair (following the 1894 Mid-Winter Fair) and her first major exposition. The 1915 fair celebrated both the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1915
  • Market Street before parade /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 4Jun1903; H32390. Duration: 1:45 at 15 fps. Camera, H.J. Miles. Photographed: May 12, 1903. Location: Market Street, San Francisco, California. This film is an automobile tour of a portion of the arrival parade route of President Theodore Roosevelt along Market Street, San Francisco, on Tuesday, May 12, 1903. The film was shot in the mid-afternoon, shortly before the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bird's-eye view of San Francisco, Cal., from a balloon /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 11Jan1902; H13040. Duration: 2:45 at 15 fps. As early as 1874, passenger balloon flights were being made over San Francisco. San Franciscans - and Americans in general - were fascinated with the thrills and dangers of flight. Although balloon technology had not advanced greatly by the turn of the century, attempts at man-powered flight were sustaining public interest. The era ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • 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
  • 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
  • Scenes in San Francisco, [no. 2] /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 19May1906; H77926. Duration: 2:20 (part 1) and 2:25 (part 2) at 15 fps. Camera, Otis M. Gove. Photographed: May 9, 1906. Location: San Francisco, California. This film is a compilation of panoramas filmed in the ruins of downtown San Francisco and outlying refugee camps following the 1906 earthquake and fire. The film dates from Wednesday, May 9, 1906. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
  • Troop ships for the Philippines /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 22June1898; 38210. Original main title lacking. DLC Date is copyright and production date; unable to verify if work was ever actually released. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Duration: 1:56 at 20 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 Shows the departure from San ...

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