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  • Esquimaux village /

    The first of three camera positions shows a low building resembling an igloo beside a small pool, and an ice floe. Dark-complexioned people dressed as Eskimos run up and down alongside the pool, and a dog pulls a sled. Next, some sled dogs are led in front of the camera. The last camera position shows the same dogs running into a tent made from ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Street car chivalry /

    From Edison films catalog: Scene shows interior of crowded street-car. A young lady enters and every man in the car offers her his seat. Presently an elderly stout lady with arm full of bundles enters. All male passengers immediately bury their faces in their papers, while the lady swings on the strap. A sudden jerk of the car lands her in the lap of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Trick bears /

    77519 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 27Nov1899; 77519. Duration: 1:49 at 16 fps. Filmed ca. June to September 1899, probably in Orange, New Jersey. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 526; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Falls of Minnehaha /

    "The "Laughing Waters" of Longfellow's "Hiawatha." A beautiful view of this picturesque and celebrated waterfall. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • President McKinley taking the oath /

    "This film records President McKinley taking the oath of office. The first camera position shows the seating arrangements prepared for the spectators and witnesses on the steps of the Capitol. At the time the film was taken, there were many empty seats. The second camera position shows the inaugural party during the swearing-in ceremonies. All that can be seen is the black draped balcony ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • New Brooklyn to New York via Brooklyn Bridge, no. 2 /

    From Edison films catalog: This is a new negative showing the entire trip from Brooklyn to New York, in which the immense towers stand out clear and distinct against the sky. The best picture of the Brooklyn Bridge yet secured. 150 feet. $22.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • 9th Infantry boys' morning wash /

    "Imagine forty or fifty soldier boys each with a pail of water on the ground before him, sousing and spattering and scrubbing away for dear life. Soap and towels too. Every man jack of them looks as if he were enjoying the wash immensely, and also the novelty of having his picture taken. The big fellow in the center of the picture is laughing ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Aunt Sallie's wonderful bustle /

    From Edison films catalog: A sudden gust of wind sweeps Auntie's bonnet from her head, and she, in attempting to regain it, becomes overbalanced and falls over the stone-wall, landing on her bustle. Upon striking she immediately rebounds, disappearing from view. Alighting, she again rebounds and then lands safely beside her badly frightened companion. This picture is highly amusing and bound to create a ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Admiral Dewey receiving the Washington and New York committees /

    "Showing Committee of Arrangements' visit to the Admiral on board the U.S. Cruiser Olympia. 100 feet"--Edison films catalog no. 94. One of 20 films advertised in Edison films catalog no. 94, under the category "Dewey Doings." From the catalog: We equipped eight parties on the occasion of Admiral Dewey's arrival in New York Harbor, Wednesday, September 27th, 1899, and secured the following excellent moving ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • The gay shoe clerk /

    From Edison films catalog: Scene shows interior of shoe-store. Young lady and chaperone enter. While a fresh young clerk is trying a pair of high-heeled slippers on the young lady, the chaperone seats herself and gets interested in a paper. The scene changes to a very close view, showing only the lady's foot and the clerk's hands tying the slipper. As her dress is ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Leander Sisters /

    The Leander Sisters perform a clever, characteristic dance called the "Yellow Kid." Stage is in the Sutro Baths, San Francisco, Cal., and the audience is composed largely of bathers. One sister appears to be dressed as Richard Outcault's Yellow Kid comic strip character.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • R.F.D., 10,000 B.C. /

    An animated mannequin comedy (also known as an O'Brien plastic stop-work comedy) set in prehistoric times. Henry Saurus, the mailman, and Johnny Bearskin, the favored suitor, vie for the affections of Winnie Warclub on Valentine's Day.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1917
  • U.S. troops and Red Cross in the trenches before Caloocan /

    "Our troops have driven the Filipinos out of the trenches, and, after firing one or two volleys, press on in pursuit. The enemy returns the fire and the forward rush is marked by a trail of dead and wounded. Following close behind is the hospital corps. Stretchers are quickly brought out and the nurses tenderly care for the fallen and carry them to the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Carmencita /

    Copyright: no reg. Performer: Carmencita. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:21 at 30 fps. According to Edison film historian C. Musser, Spanish dancer Carmencita was the first woman to appear in front of an Edison motion picture camera. Six months before filming, she had been performing at Koster & Bial's Music Hall in New York City since February 1890. MAVIS 179915; Carmencita. Filmed March 10-16, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • Cattle driven to slaughter /

    "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"--Maguire & Baucus catalogue. Part of the Erie Railroad series. The following subjects present novel and interesting views along the line of the Erie, such as do not always come within the observation of the general ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Charge of Boer cavalry [no. 2] /

    "In the distance is seen a number of grey objects rapidly approaching, which, upon drawing closer, are recognized as a company of Boer cavalry. As they draw nearer, you can see that they are straining every nerve and urging their horses to the utmost speed. Waving their sabres aloft on they come, so that the audience involuntarily make an effort to move from their ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Mounted police charge /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogues: A troop of mounted police, in full dress uniform, are seen approaching the audience at full gallop; when within but a few yards of the camera they suddenly halt and each horse and rider appears full life size.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1896
  • Maude's naughty little brother /

    "In a charming dining room a very attractive young lady is seen seated at the table, evidently waiting for the caller who is to share a quiet little dinner for two. A moment later a dude of the regular chappy type enters and seats himself at the table. As soon as the meal commences the inevitable wicked small boy sneaks in unobserved, and producing ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Sham battle at the Pan-American Exposition /

    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 of this flat area, men dressed as U.S. Army troops in battle regalia are lined up in ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • [Men boxing] /

    Experimental film fragment made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1891
  • Caicedo (with pole) /

    From Raff & Gammon price list: The "King of the Wire" in his marvelous slack wire performance. $10.00.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • San Francisco Chinese funeral /

    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 the largest ever seen in Chinatown. Tom's death (note that Tom is the family name) was the tragic consequence of a ...

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

    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 of powered flight arrived in 1903 with the Wright brothers' flight ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • Battle of Mafeking /

    From Edison films catalog: In the opening of this picture we see in the foreground a company of Highlanders preparing for a charge on the Boer entrenchments seen in the distance. Just in advance of the Highlanders, two pieces of artillery have just been placed in position, and these immediately open fire upon the enemy. After several volleys from the battery, the Highlanders charge. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Panoramic view of Tremont Hotel, Galveston /

    From Edison films catalog: This picture shows several buildings which were wrecked and also shows a rear view of this hotel, which is on the highest point of land in Galveston, and in which several thousand people were saved. 50 feet. $7.50. Part of The Galveston Cyclone series (Edison films catalog): At the first news of the disaster by cyclone and tidal wave that ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900