• Cleveland fire department /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 17Jun03; H32791. Cameraman, G. W. Bitzer. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 58. Duration: 1:24 at 16 fps. The subject is the activities of a fire department that can be seen coming out of the fire engine house located across the street from the camera position. The action must have been a drill or rehearsal as ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Women of the ghetto bathing /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 09Dec02; H24897. Duration: 0:55 at 16 fps. The subject is a group of women bathing in a public swimming pool. The camera was placed on the edge of the pool and the full extent of the film shows the women in the pool. Only the heads and shoulders of most of the women are visible but it is ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • St. Patrick's Day parade, Lowell, Mass.

    Copyright: no reg. Duration: 3:21 at 16 fps. Shows policemen and men in top hats and formal riding attire carrying large bunches of flowers as they parade on horseback. Angle changes slightly as a marching band carrying a drum inscribed Bugle Corps, Lowell appears, followed by a uniformed military group carrying rifles and marching in formation. Angle changes to show carriages and the rest ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • Pawtucket Fire Department /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 05Dec03; H38865. Cameraman, F. S. Armitage. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 246. A good film, photographed from a single-camera position, of the Fire Department of the city of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and its equipment. For the time, the apparatus was ultramodern. Filmed November 23, 1903 in Pawtucket, RI. Source used: Niver, Kemp R., Early motion ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Giant coal dumper /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 31July1897; 43407. Camera, William Heise? Duration: 0:39 at 18 fps. From Edison films catalog: Shows how a full carload of coal is loaded into a vessel every thirty seconds at the great Erie Railroad docks, Cleveland, Ohio. Great clouds of coal dust rise as each car is unloaded. Advertised as part of the "Erie Railroad Series" (Edison films catalog): The ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Wrestling at the New York Athletic Club /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 07Nov05; H68324. Cameraman, G. W. Bitzer. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 371. Several teams of wrestlers in action were photographed from a single-camera position on the set of the gymnasium of the New York Athletic Club. Filmed November 1, 1905 in Studio, N.Y.C. Source used: Niver, Kemp R., Early motion pictures, 1985. Available also through ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • Herding horses across a river /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.; 18May04; H46142. Cameraman, A. C. Abadie. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 136. Duration: 1:06 at 16 fps. Approximately forty horses can be seen in the distance across a river. They are being driven into the water by men on horseback. The horses approach the camera position as they ford the river. The film ends as the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Routing mail, U.S.P.O. /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 22Aug03; H34979. Cameraman, A. E. Weed. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 280. A man dressed in the attire of a U.S. mail carrier is standing in front of a backdrop painted to represent a projected dimensional schematic of the interior of a post office. The mail carrier is holding a stack of envelopes in his ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Calf branding /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.; 24Feb98; 13531. Title is cross referenced with film: Branding cattle. The cameraman placed his camera near a fire where some branding irons were being heated. As the film begins, three men can be seen going through the various operations of branding calves. In the background is a large herd of cattle. Source used: Niver, Kemp R., Early motion pictures, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • 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
  • Clerks casing mail for bags, U.S.P.O. /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 22Aug03; H34972. Cameraman, A. E. Weed. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 58. The subject is an operation of mail handling called "casing." The camera was placed so that two men can be seen demonstrating the method. The demonstrators, with stacks of letters in their hands, place them in one of many apertures built into a ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Hockey match on the ice /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 24Feb1898; 13572. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:25 at 30 fps. From Edison films catalog: The skaters dart to and fro, swinging their hockeys and trying to hit the disc toward the goal. 150 feet. $22.50. Filmed ca. February 1898, at Crystal Lake, Newark, New Jersey. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Shooting the chutes, Luna Park, Coney Island /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 13Aug03; H34521. Cameraman, G. W. Bitzer. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 297. Duration: 1:32 at 16 fps. The camera was positioned to view the shoot-the-chutes concession from the best location. A special added attraction for the entertainment of the spectators is a man in a swimming suit who rides down the shoot-the-chutes on one ski. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • [Easter Sunday, Atlantic City boardwalk] /

    Copyright: reg. unknown. Copyright notice on film: Thomas A. Edison ; 1904. Title from Kleine inventory. Nitrate deterioration printed through. DLC Duration: 2:13 at 18 fps. Crowds of people in their Easter finery parade on the boardwalk near Green's Hotel, and near a pier in Atlantic City. Some people ride in stroller chairs, one man pushes a baby carriage, and the ladies hold their ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Train taking up mail bag, U.S.P.O. /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 01Oct03; H36399. Cameraman, A. E. Weed. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 332. The subject of this Postal Department documentary is "snatching" the mail bag from the suspended post by the railroad mail clerk. As the film begins, a man climbs the steps leading to the device that suspends the mail bag in the air. A ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Hyde Park School, room 2 /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 02May04; H45149. Cameraman, A. E. Weed. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 152. Duration: 0:48 at 18 fps. Four rows of pre-adolescent children, both boys and girls, are standing in front of a blackboard on which the words "Kansas City, Missouri" can be seen. Each boy and girl has a pair of Indian clubs and for ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Panorama of Machine Co. aisle, Westinghouse works /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 23July1904; H48410. Original main title lacking. DLC Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Duration: 3:22 at 15 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 A camera on an overhead crane travels down a large, long aisle where men are shown working ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Post man delivering mail, U.S.P.O. /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 22Aug03; H34984. Cameraman, A. E. Weed. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 255. This film shows the delivery of the U.S. mail, in a rural area. A two-horse vehicle, with a sign reading "U.S. Mail," appears on the scene. The postal employee gets out of the vehicle and places mail in a standard metal mail box. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Loading mail car, U.S.P.O. /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 22Aug03; H34993. Cameraman, A. E. Weed. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 187. This film, part of series on the various activities of the Post Office, starts with a scene of a large railroad mail car on a siding. A horse-drawn, four-wheeled vehicle with a sign "U.S. Mail" on the side proceeds away from the camera ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Brook trout fishing /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 16Apr02; H16650. Cameraman, F. S. Armitage. Cameraman credit from Niver's, Early motion pictures, p. 38. Duration: 0:56 at 16 fps. The camera shows a small waterfall and a stream. Across the stream on the bank is a man with a fishing pole in one hand and a retrieving net in the other. During the course of the film, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • 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
  • 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
  • [Claremont Theatre, N.Y.] /

    Copyright: reg. unknown. No titles. DLC Source used: Moving picture world, v. 23, p. 1585. Duration: 3:42 at 18 fps. Shows the entrance to the Claremont Theatre in New York City at 135th St. and Broadway where Edison is showing Gertrude McCoy and Bigelow Cooper in On the stroke of twelve. Large numbers of men, women and children leave the theater, some as many ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1915
  • 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