• Love and war /

    Love and war /

    From Edison films catalog: An illustrated song telling the story of a hero who leaves for the war as a private, is promoted to the rank of captain for bravery in service, meets the girl of his choice, who is a Red Cross nurse on the field, and finally returns home triumphantly as an officer to the father and mother to whom he bade ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Bowery waltz /

    Bowery waltz /

    From F.Z. Maguire catalogue: Shows James T. Kelly and Dorothy Kent, of Waite's Comedy Company, in the famous "Bowery dance." The dancers are dressed in costumes characteristic to the surroundings, and the dance as shown is an exact reproduction. The subject shows many humorous situations, is clear, sharp, and the figures show full life size. Suitable for coloring.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • U.S. battleship "Indiana" /

    U.S. battleship "Indiana" /

    From Edison films "war extra" catalog: Taken at the Dry Tortugas, and shows the most powerful fighting machine in the world to-day as she lies at anchor taking on coal. The decks are covered with marines and sailors. An immense barge lies along side, from which a large gang of negroes are hustling "King coal" into the battleship, on whose decks the coal passers ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Corbett and Courtney before the Kinetograph /

    Corbett and Courtney before the Kinetograph /

    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" of any description, but an actual contest between James J. Corbett, former champion of the world, and Peter Courtney. The films are listed as "1st Round," "2nd Round," "3rd Round," "4th Round," "5th Round," and "6th Round"... ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • Observation train following parade /

    Observation train following parade /

    From The Phonoscope, October 1898, p. 15: There were two freight trains standing on the tracks between the river and the Riverside Park, and they furnished a perfect impromptu observation train service to the men and boys who clambered up on the cars to get a view of the [Sampson homecoming naval] parade. They saw the vessels go up and then waited for their ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Buster and the dude /

    Buster and the dude /

    "Shows a millinery store in the shopping district, and Mrs. Brown with a lady friend, admiring the hats displayed in the window. Buster and Tige are standing in the foreground. A howling swell, leading a small dog bedecked with ribbons, recognizes Mrs. Brown and stops to chat. Buster becomes impatient, tugs at his mamma's dress, and endeavors to hurry her; but the dude waves ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • 9th Infantry boys' morning wash /

    9th Infantry boys' morning wash /

    From Edison films "war extra" catalog: 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 ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Pillow fight /

    Pillow fight /

    From F.M. Prescott catalog: A comic subject, clear, bright and characteristic. Shows four girls in their night dresses, engaged in an animated pillow fight. During the action the pillows become torn, and the feathers fly over their heads and about the room in great numbers, producing with the white dresses and the black background a novel effect. Sharp, full of action, and popular in ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Why Jones discharged his clerks /

    Why Jones discharged his clerks /

    From Edison films catalog: Great hit. Two delinquent clerks are seated in a broker's office engaged in a game of cards. The boss suddenly appears walking through the corridor. The cards are thrown down in great haste and when the employer enters the office the clerks are apparently busily engaged in their work. The boss looks over the mail and then sits down behind ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Trained cavalry horses /

    Trained cavalry horses /

    From Edison films catalog: Shows the wonderful intelligence of these Troop F, 6th U.S. Cavalry, horses. At a command they lie down promptly, and at another order scramble to their feet. 50 feet. $7.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • President McKinley taking the oath /

    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
  • [Athlete with wand] /

    [Athlete with wand] /

    Copyright: no reg. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:37 at 16 fps. MAVIS 179298; [Athlete with wand]. Filmed February 1894, in Edison's Black Maria studio. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 89. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files. Received: 5-13-1994; viewing print; preservation; Hendricks (Gordon) Collection.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • Caicedo (with pole) /

    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
  • Secretary Long and Captain Sigsbee /

    Secretary Long and Captain Sigsbee /

    From Edison films "war extra" catalog: Taken at Washington, in front of the Navy Department, and shows Secretary of the Navy Long and Captain Sigsbee of the ill-fated "Maine" coming down the steps. As they reach the bottom a waiting attaché approaches the Secretary and hands him a letter. In the meantime Capt. Sigsbee and his friend walk toward the immediate foreground, in earnest ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • [Buster's dog to the rescue] /

    [Buster's dog to the rescue] /

    "Shows a kitchen and Bridget busy making crullers. Buster enters and begs Bridget to give him one. Bridget refuses and places all the crullers in a basket on the top pantry shelf. She warns Buster not to touch them, and leaves the room. Buster secures a stepladder and proceeds to climb to the top. As he is about to secure the coveted prize his ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Buffalo dance /

    Buffalo dance /

    Copyright: no reg. Performers: Last Horse, Parts His Hair, Hair Coat. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:15 at 20 fps. According to Edison film historian C. Musser, this film and others shot on the same day (see also Sioux ghost dance) featured Native American Indian dancers from Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, and constitutes the American Indian's first appearance before a motion picture camera. MAVIS ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • General Lee's procession, Havana /

    General Lee's procession, Havana /

    From Edison films catalog: A magnificent view of the Prado, from the balcony of the United States Club. The procession is headed by a troop of horsemen. Prominent among them is General Lee. Then come the soldiers, file after file and company after company; filling the broad avenue from curb to curb and as far as the eye can reach with marching men. It ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Morning colors on U.S. cruiser "Raleigh" /

    Morning colors on U.S. cruiser "Raleigh" /

    From The Phonoscope, June 1899, p. 17: Shows a group of sailors and an officer at the stern. The flag runs out in a ball to the end of the staff, and, at the signal, is broken. Proudly the stars and stripes wave in the morning breeze, while the officer salutes. A very pretty picture of man-o-war life. (C. Musser, Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Grandma and the bad boys /

    Grandma and the bad boys /

    From Edison films catalog: The scene opens in the kitchen which is strewn with cooking utensils, indicating that grandma is busy preparing the Christmas pastry. Two bad boys of the red headed, freckled face type, enter. The mischievous expressions on their faces indicate that they have already planned a huge joke on grandma. One of the boys climbs to the kitchen table and takes ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • The martyred presidents /

    The martyred presidents /

    This film is difficult to classify. It opens on a scene showing a mourner with bowed head sitting in front of what appears to be a tombstone. Shortly afterwards, the face of Abraham Lincoln and then of two other presidents, Garfield and McKinley, can be seen on the monument and then they disappear. There is a figure huddled at the foot of a statue ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Gymnasium exercises and drill at Newport Training School /

    Gymnasium exercises and drill at Newport Training School /

    From Edison films catalog: This picture shows the young cadets going through their daily exercises and drill, and is full of life, and photographically perfect. 75 feet. $11.25.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • President McKinley reviewing the troops at the Pan-American Exposition /

    President McKinley reviewing the troops at the Pan-American E...

    From a single camera position pointed directly at the reviewing stand, the film shows President McKinley and his entourage as they stand in the reviewing stand and take the salute of the passing American infantry troops. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: PRESIDENT McKINLEY REVIEWING THE TROOPS AT THE PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION. Ungloomed. [code for telegraphic orders]. The President is seen on the reviewing ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • President McKinley and escort going to the Capitol /

    President McKinley and escort going to the Capitol /

    "The film begins by showing military personnel on horseback. The camera was positioned on a side street and photographed representatives of several different companies of American cavalry. Just as the film ends, foot soldiers and West Point cadets preceding the two horse-drawn carriages, one containing President McKinley's party, come into view"--Early motion pictures. "This most excellent picture was secured at the junction of Pennsylvania ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Discharging a Whitehead torpedo /

    Discharging a Whitehead torpedo /

    From Edison films catalog: Taken on board the U.S. torpedo boat "Morris." It shows the crew loading a Whitehead torpedo into the tube and then discharging it. The torpedo can be seen running along the surface of the water for a distance of over half a mile. 75 feet. $11.25.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Imperial Japanese dance /

    Imperial Japanese dance /

    From Raff & Gammon price list: Three Japanese ladies in the costumes of their country. From Edison films catalog: A charming representation of The Mikado dance by three beautiful Japanese ladies in full costume. Very effective when colored. 45 feet. $6.75.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • Carmencita /

    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
  • Troop ships for the Philippines /

    Troop ships for the Philippines /

    Shows the departure from San Francisco of two troop ships, the S.S. Australia and the S.S. City of Sydney, bound for Manila during the Spanish-American War. The first ship shown is the Australia with many troops on deck, some waving. The ship's name is visible on the hull at the end of the sequence. The second ship, the City of Sydney, is shown being ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Sioux ghost dance /

    Sioux ghost dance /

    From Raff & Gammon price list: A very interesting subject, full of action and true to life. From Edison films catalog: One of the most peculiar customs of the Sioux Tribe is here shown, the dancers being genuine Sioux Indians, in full war paint and war costumes. 40 feet. 7.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • Spanish dancers at the Pan-American Exposition /

    Spanish dancers at the Pan-American Exposition /

    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 DANCE AT THE PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION. Unhaltbar. [code for telegraphic orders] The picture was taken in ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • President McKinley's speech at the Pan-American Exposition /

    President McKinley's speech at the Pan-American Exposition /

    The film begins by showing the introductory speaker at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo. The speaker introduces the incumbent president of the United States, William F. McKinley. The remainder of the film is a straight-on moving photograph of the president during his last public speech. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH AT THE PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION. Unheedful [code for telegraphic orders]. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Naval apprentices at sail drill on historic ship "Constellation" /

    Naval apprentices at sail drill on historic ship "Constellati...

    From Edison films catalog: This picture opens with the young cadets climbing the rigging and going through the sail drill on board the famous historic ship "Constellation." Loosing sail to buntline, making sail, shortening sail and furling; also loose sail to bowline. This picture is absolutely perfect photographically; also very thrilling, and makes a most interesting subject. 125 feet. 18.75.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Execution of Czolgosz, with panorama of Auburn Prison /

    Execution of Czolgosz, with panorama of Auburn Prison /

    The film begins by showing railroad cars in the foreground with the overshadowing walls of a state prison in the background. The second camera position, from a higher elevation, pans slowly showing the yard interior of the prison and some of the large buildings. There is a dissolve from the exterior to the interior, a set of a stone wall with an iron barred ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • [Buster's revenge on the tramp] /

    [Buster's revenge on the tramp] /

    "The opening scene shows Bridget asleep at the kitchen-table, and Buster enters on tip-toe. After tying her apron over her head and to the back of the chair, he tries to reach a jar of jam on the top shelf of the pantry. After several futile attempts, he gives up. His attention is now attracted by a tramp at the window. Buster beckons the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Raising Old Glory over Morro Castle /

    Raising Old Glory over Morro Castle /

    From The Phonoscope, January 1899, p. 15: Down goes the Spanish flag, and up floats the Stars and Stripes. Down falls the symbol of tyranny and oppression that has ruled in the new world for four hundred years, and up goes the Banner of Freedom. In the distance are the turrets and battlements of Morro, the last foothold of Spain in America. (C. Musser, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • U.S. cavalry supplies unloading at Tampa, Florida /

    U.S. cavalry supplies unloading at Tampa, Florida /

    From Edison films "war extra" catalog: Here is a freight train of thirty cars loaded with baggage and ambulance supplies for the 9th U.S. Cavalry. In the foreground a score of troopers are pulling, lifting and hauling an ambulance from a flat car. It slides down the inclined planks with a sudden rush that makes the men "hustle" to keep it from falling off. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • The fleet steaming up North River /

    The fleet steaming up North River /

    From Edison films catalog: Shows the "Brooklyn," flying Schley's twin-starred blue flag. Every detail brought out with wonderful clearness. Excursion craft in the distance. Bow of the "Indiana" appears toward end of film. 150 feet. $22.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Love in a hammock /

    Love in a hammock /

    From Edison films catalog: A happy young couple are seated in a hammock under an old oak tree, ardently making love and evidently totally oblivious to all that is taking place about them. Two bad boys suddenly appear upon the scene, and one of them climbs into the tree while the other keeps watch. The urchin in the tree scrambles out on an overhanging ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • The good sport /

    The good sport /

    A domestic comedy about a wealthy young woman whose poor inventor husband becomes rich when he perfects the first elevator that ever stopped even without a floor.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1918
  • An animated luncheon /

    An animated luncheon /

    From Edison films catalog: The scene takes place in a fashionable cafe. A well dressed couple enter and after a careful perusal of the menu, conclude on an order of boiled eggs and Welsh rarebit. The obliging waiter delivers the order. The guests break open the eggs, and two beautiful white chickens fly across the room. The diners then perform a similar trick with ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Military camp at Tampa, taken from train /

    Military camp at Tampa, taken from train /

    From Edison films "war extra" catalog: A wide plain, dotted with tents, gleaming white in the bright sunshine. Soldiers moving about everywhere, at all sorts of duties. In the background looms up a big cigar factory; giving the prosaic touch to the picture needful to bring out in sharp contrast the patriotism with which the scene inspires us. The camera was on a rapidly ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Reviewing the "Texas" at Grant's Tomb /

    Reviewing the "Texas" at Grant's Tomb /

    From Edison films catalog: Shows every detail of the "Texas" as she passes Riverside Park. The background shows the white dome of the tomb on the hill crest. 50 feet. $7.50

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Naval sham battle at Newport /

    Naval sham battle at Newport /

    From Edison films catalog: Showing the attacking forces drawn up in line of battle. They immediately commence firing on the shore batteries. The batteries return the fire with telling effect, but are at last silenced by the overwhelming forces of the enemy. In the distance can be seen the ruins of a bridge destroyed by the invading forces. The smoke thickens as the firing ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • The mob outside the Temple of Music at the Pan-American Exposition /

    The mob outside the Temple of Music at the Pan-American Expos...

    The camera was positioned at such a height behind a large group of people outside an exhibit building that mainly hats are visible. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: THE MOB OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE OF MUSIC AT THE PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION. Unglorify. [code for telegraphic orders]. On Friday, September 6th, 1901, we had our cameras in position to photograph the President as he left ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • [Dickson greeting] /

    [Dickson greeting] /

    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
  • Pack mules with ammunition on the Santiago Trail, Cuba /

    Pack mules with ammunition on the Santiago Trail, Cuba /

    From Edison films catalog: A great pack train approaches rapidly, following the gray bell-mule. Cowboys dash to and fro, keeping them bunched. Clouds of dust arise as they pass. 50 feet. $7.50. From The Phonoscope, October 1898, p. 15: The narrow trail shown in this picture leads from Baiquiri [sic] westward to Sibony, thence northward to Santiago. It will be seen it is hardly ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • A morning bath /

    A morning bath /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogues (summary edited to remove offensive words): This scene presents a[n]... African mother in the act of giving her struggling [child] a bath in a tub of suds. This is a clear and distinct picture in which the contrast between the complexion of the bather and the white soapsuds is strongly marked. A very amusing and popular subject. From Edison ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1896
  • Arrival of McKinley's funeral train at Canton, Ohio /

    Arrival of McKinley's funeral train at Canton, Ohio /

    It is apparent that the camera was placed on a platform of a train station. A steam locomotive pulling several passenger cars can be seen nearing the camera position and coming to a stop. The remainder of the film is concerned with the people who get off the train and walk off the platform. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: FUNERAL TRAIN ARRIVING ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • U.S. cruiser "Olympia" leading naval parade  /

    U.S. cruiser "Olympia" leading naval parade /

    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 pictures of the Admiral and his great ship, together with the stirring events of Dewey Day, September 29th, the day ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • President McKinley's funeral cortege at Washington, D.C. /

    President McKinley's funeral cortege at Washington, D.C. /

    The photographer covered the subject, the funeral cortege of President McKinley, from many different positions along the line of march. The people shown are those who preceded the hearse and those who followed after it. First come the walking military (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard) [end of part 2], and then ranking military dignitaries who immediately precede the hearse. Following the escorted hearse ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Gun drill by naval cadets at Newport Training School /

    Gun drill by naval cadets at Newport Training School /

    From Edison films catalog: Shows the cadets going through the gun drill, also loading, firing and charging. This is also a very stirring picture and is full of animation. 50 feet. $7.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Esquimaux leap-frog /

    Esquimaux leap-frog /

    The film, photographed from a single camera position, shows buildings resembling igloos on ice floes, in front of which persons clothed as Eskimos play a game of leapfrog. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: SCENE IN THE ESQUIMAUX VILLAGE. Ungulado. [code for telegraphic orders]. This shows several Esquimaux at the game of "Misheetak," or leap frog, which differs somewhat from the civilized game, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • What demoralized the barber shop /

    What demoralized the barber shop /

    From K.R. Niver: In a set of a barbershop, a number of men are either waiting for the barber or being shaved. The shop is in the basement and has sidewalk-level windows. As the film progresses, the feet and legs of passerbys can be seen by the occupants of the barbershop. Just as the film is ending, two females walk by the window. They ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Cuban refugees waiting for rations /

    Cuban refugees waiting for rations /

    From Edison films "war extra" catalog: A group of escaped reconcentrados, saved from the fate of starvation imposed by the Butcher, Weyler. They stand in line waiting, each man with his tin dish and cup. One expects to see just such men as these, after the centuries of Spanish oppression and tyranny. As they come forward, their walk, even, is listless and lifeless. The ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Troops at evacuation of Havana /

    Troops at evacuation of Havana /

    From Edison films catalog: The troops are turning into the Prado from a side street, where stands a triumphal arch erected by the Cubans; but which Gen. Brooke, the Military Governor of Cuba, would not permit to be finished, as he allowed no demonstrations of any kind. The soldiers are the First Texas troops. The streets are crowded with people. Many typical Cubans are ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Bucking broncho /

    Bucking broncho /

    From Raff & Gammon price list: An out-of-door scene. The men and horse of this subject are from "Buffalo Bill's Wild West." 15.00. From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A cowboy riding an unruly "bronco." From Edison films catalog: A fine exhibition of horsemanship by Lee Martin, a genuine cowboy. This particular broncho is an unusually wicked one. 40 feet. $6.00.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • Esquimaux game of snap-the-whip /

    Esquimaux game of snap-the-whip /

    The film, photographed from a single camera position, shows a large tent of animal skins in front of which are two spectators watching two participants perform a game of skill using whips. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: SCENE IN THE ESQUIMAUX VILLAGE. Ungulado. [code for telegraphic orders]. The picture [shows] a number of Esquimaux picking nickels from cracks in a board with ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Transport "Whitney" leaving dock /

    Transport "Whitney" leaving dock /

    From Edison films "war extra" catalog: This boat was the first one to leave for the South with troops. On board is a battalion of the 5th U.S. Infantry. She is a sidewheeler, and the churn of her wide paddles makes the white foam seethe and boil as she backs out of the dock. The constant seesaw of the walking beam on the upper ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Troops making military road in front of Santiago /

    Troops making military road in front of Santiago /

    From Edison films catalog: Shows 34th Michigan boys hard at work with pick and shovel, preparing the way for passage of siege guns. 50 feet. $7.50. From The Phonoscope, October 1898, p. 15: Here is a detail of the 34th Michigan Regiment engaged in road making. Under command of Captain Dodd of Troop E, 3rd Regular Cavalry, they are road making, that the siege ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Trick bears /

    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
  • Close view of the "Brooklyn," naval parade /

    Close view of the "Brooklyn," naval parade /

    From Edison films catalog: Schley's flagship at close range, showing shot hole in the middle of funnel, near deck. She flies a frayed and tattered battle flag. 50 feet. $7.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • The lone fisherman /

    The lone fisherman /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Illustrating "fisherman's luck." Sure to make a hit. From Edison films catalog: Depicts the patient fisherman, sitting on the end of a plank, waiting for a bite. Practical joker comes along and removes stone from other end of plank. 115 feet. $17.25.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1896
  • Catching an early train /

    Catching an early train /

    From Edison films catalog: Surburbanite [sic] is seen in bed chamber, discovers he has overslept himself, jumps out of bed, shirt, trousers, shoes, collar, tie, coat, vest, hat, cane, cigar and satchel arise from the floor and adjust themselves to him. Makes a hasty exit. Scene dissolves to a R.R. Station, showing surburbanite running to catch the rear end of a moving train. Class ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Esquimaux village /

    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
  • Glenroy Bros.

    Glenroy Bros.

    From Raff & Gammon price list: Farcical pugilists in costume. 15.00.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • Mesmerist and country couple /

    Mesmerist and country couple /

    From Edison films catalog: Mr. and Mrs. Hayseed have heard of this wonderful Professor, and come to his office. They waken him from a trance, give him a fee and he hypnotizes them. The stunts they do while under his influence would make the Sphinx laugh for joy. Hayseed stands on his head, balances himself on a chair and takes off his clothes. Mrs. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • The unappreciated joke /

    The unappreciated joke /

    From Edison films catalog: Scene, interior of a street-car. A stout man enters and sits down alongside of a friend and proceeds to read a comic paper. He shows a joke in the paper to his friend, and they both laugh heartily. The friend leaves the car, and his absence is not noted by the stout man. An elderly matron takes the seat. Without ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • The burglar's slide for life /

    The burglar's slide for life /

    From Edison films catalog: The first scene shows the interior of a room in an apartment house. A burglar enters and seeing a portable vapor bath in the corner of the room gets into it to hide. Presently two ladies enter. One is the lady of the house and she is evidently showing her friend through the rooms. The new vapor bath interests her ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • The messenger boy's mistake /

    The messenger boy's mistake /

    From Edison films catalog: "Cholly" wishes to call on his best girl and send her a large bouquet. To find out if the girl really loves him, he sends a note with the messenger boy requesting her to "wear this" if she does. The boy delivers the note and a package which the young lady opens and finds an old pair of trousers and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Buster makes room for his mama at the bargain counter /

    Buster makes room for his mama at the bargain counter /

    "Shows a bargain counter in a department store and a large gathering of women examining goods. It is a special sale, and a great deal of interest is shown by the ladies, who jostle and crowd each other to secure the choicest bargains. Mrs. Brown enters, accompanied by Buster and Tige. Mrs. Brown is unable to get near the counter and is in despair. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • U.S. troops landing at Daiquirí, Cuba /

    U.S. troops landing at Daiquirí, Cuba /

    From Edison films catalog: First U.S. Troops to land, June 22, 1898. Transports in the distance. Soldiers clamber up from boats on the long railroad pier and come forward. 50 feet. $7.50. From The Phonoscope, October 1898, p. 15: These are the first U.S. troops to land on Cuban soil, June 22, 1898. The picture shows a long perspective view of the pier at ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Interrupted lovers /

    Interrupted lovers /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Another instance where "the course of true love never runs smooth." From Edison films catalog: The watchful father disturbs a dream of bliss, and the bucolic lover is taught a lesson. He made a great hit. 140 feet. $21.00.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1896
  • Taking President McKinley's body from train at Canton, Ohio /

    Taking President McKinley's body from train at Canton, Ohio /

    This film was photographed from two camera positions and shows the area where the guard of honor (pallbearers) is removing the casket containing the remains of President McKinley from the railroad car. The second camera position shows the pallbearers as they carry the casket to the hearse and place it inside. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: BODY LEAVING THE TRAIN AT CANTON, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Sampson and Schley controversy--tea party /

    Sampson and Schley controversy--tea party /

    From Edison films catalog: This subject is in three scenes, showing beautiful dissolving effects. Scene 1 shows Admiral Schley upon the bridge of the Brooklyn commanding the American Fleet in Santiago Harbor. The Spanish fleet is seen to emerge from Santiago Harbor. Simultaneously ships and forts open fire on the American fleet. Scene 2. The Man Behind the Gun. The gun crews are seen ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Hadj Cheriff /

    Hadj Cheriff /

    Copyright: no reg. Performer: Hadji L. Cheriff. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:19 at 30 fps. MAVIS 179351. Filmed October 6, 1894, in Edison's Black Maria studio. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 137. Received: 5-13-1994; viewing print; preservation; Hendricks (Gordon) Collection.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1894
  • Wreck of the battleship "Maine" /

    Wreck of the battleship "Maine" /

    From Edison films "war extra" catalog: Taken in Havana Harbor from a moving launch, and shows the wreck of the "Maine" surrounded by wrecking boats and other vessels. The warped and twisted remains show how thoroughly this immense mass of iron and steel was blown out of all semblance of a vessel. The background of this picture is formed by the shores of Havana ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Admiral Dewey receiving the Washington and New York committees /

    Admiral Dewey receiving the Washington and New York committees /

    From Edison films catalog: Showing Committee of Arrangements' visit to the Admiral on board the U.S. Cruiser Olympia. 100 feet. $15.00

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Packing ammunition on mules, Cuba /

    Packing ammunition on mules, Cuba /

    From The Phonoscope, October 1898, p. 15: Dotting the horizon on the right of the picture is the great fleet of transports, while scattered all along the beach and piled high to the left are hundreds upon hundreds of ammunition cases. Soldier boys in the foreground are packing the boxes on the patient army mules. An officer stands by bossing the job. Two boxes ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Opening, Pan-American Exposition /

    Opening, Pan-American Exposition /

    A group of dignitaries from various countries was photographed from a single camera position participating in a parade marking the opening of the Pan-American Exposition. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: OPENING OF THE PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION ON MAY 20th, 1901. Ungehofft [code for telegraphic orders]. This is a great historical event. Our cameras were stationed in the center of the Esplanade looking toward ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • [Newark athlete.

    [Newark athlete.

    Experimental film fragment made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film. This is the "reanimated" version of the fragment by Gordon Hendricks.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1891
  • Pan-American Exposition by night /

    Pan-American Exposition by night /

    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 of the scene. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION BY NIGHT. Unhagata. [code for telegraphic orders] A great feature ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Uncle Josh in a spooky hotel /

    Uncle Josh in a spooky hotel /

    From Edison films catalog: The landlord enters with his rural guest. After examining the bed and other things in the room, Josh takes a seat beside the landlord, who tells him that there is a rumor that a ghost appears in that room every night at 12 o'clock. The ghost then appears mysteriously and hits Josh a slap on the cheek. Thinking it was ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • U.S. Infantry supported by Rough Riders at El Caney /

    U.S. Infantry supported by Rough Riders at El Caney /

    From Edison films catalog: Up the road comes a detachment of infantry, firing, advancing, kneeling and firing, again and again. The advance of the foot soldiers is followed by a troop of Rough Riders, riding like demons, yelling and firing revolvers as they pass out of sight. Other troops follow in quick succession, pressing on to front. 100 feet. $15.00

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Circular panorama of Electric Tower /

    Circular panorama of Electric Tower /

    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 most interesting picture at the Pan-American Exposition structure was taken from the north side of the Electric Tower. It presented the most perfect and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • McKinley's funeral entering Westlawn Cemetery, Canton [Ohio] /

    McKinley's funeral entering Westlawn Cemetery, Canton [Ohio] /

    Photographed from several camera positions, the film shows the funeral procession both preceding and following the body of the assassinated president before he is interred at Canton, Ohio. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: FUNERAL CORTEGE ENTERING WESTLAWN CEMETERY AT CANTON, OHIO. Ungraceful. [code for telegraphic orders]. Another of our cameras is in an excellent position at the entrance to the Westlawn Cemetery, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Little mischief /

    Little mischief /

    From Edison films catalog: Papa is reading his newspaper and his little girl tickles his neck with a long straw. Thinking it is a fly papa "shoos" away the supposed fly with his hand. The tickling continues now on the ear, and papa waves his newspaper around his head. Not yet content, the little mischief maker continues her fun, and the man loses all ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Seminary girls /

    Seminary girls /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A most amusing and life-like scene, in which a number of young ladies clad in their night robes, are seen engaged in a midnight frolic. From Edison films catalog: A number of young ladies, in their night robes, are having a frolic, and are interrupted by a teacher. One girl makes herself very conspicuous by crawling under a bed. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • U.S. troops and Red Cross in the trenches before Caloocan /

    U.S. troops and Red Cross in the trenches before Caloocan /

    From Edison films catalog: 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 ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Admiral Dewey landing at Gibraltar /

    Admiral Dewey landing at Gibraltar /

    War hero Adm. George Dewey, famous for his victory at Manila Bay early in the war, was filmed during his trip back to the United States at Gibraltar in early September 1899.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Maniac chase /

    Maniac chase /

    From Edison films catalog: The picture opens with the interior of a cell in an insane asylum. The inmate, who imagines himself to be Napoleon the Great, is seated at a table dressed in the costume of that world renowned general. A keeper enters with a bowl of soup. "Napoleon" tastes the soup and then dashes the contents of the bowl into the keeper's ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • [Men boxing] /

    [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
  • U.S. cruiser "Raleigh" /

    U.S. cruiser "Raleigh" /

    From Edison films catalog: A panoramic view of the "Raleigh" as she lies at anchor off 27th Steet, North River, April 17, 1899. Captain Coghlan stands among a group of officers near the bridge. The "Raleigh" fired the first gun at Manila, and is the first boat of the Pacific Squadron visiting New York. All the details of the famous battleship are clearly shown ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • 10th U.S. Infantry, 2nd Battalion, leaving cars /

    10th U.S. Infantry, 2nd Battalion, leaving cars /

    "American infantry troops dressed in field uniforms of the Spanish-American War can be seen close to the foreground of the camera position. Three companies of men, in columns of fours, march by the camera. In the background are railroad passengers, indicating the film was photographed on a rail siding area." -- Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • A trip around the Pan-American Exposition /

    A trip around the Pan-American Exposition /

    The entire film was photographed from an excursion vessel traveling through all of the waterways surrounding the Exposition. The major exhibit buildings and amusement attractions of the fair can be seen as the boat makes its way through the area, going through tunnels and under bridges. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: A TRIP AROUND THE PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION. Ungeprueft [code for telegraphic orders]. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Funeral leaving the President's house and church at Canton, Ohio /

    Funeral leaving the President's house and church at Canton, O...

    In order to film the funeral of President McKinley, the photographer placed his camera in three locations. The first scene shows the casket being carried from his home by the honor guard and placed in the hearse. The second scene shows the hearse, the honor guard, and people lining the streets. The third scene shows the celebrities who attended the funeral preceding the casket ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Cuban volunteers embarking /

    Cuban volunteers embarking /

    Men carrying rifles and bedrolls boarding ship via gangway.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • The burning stable /

    The burning stable /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogues: Shows a barn actually in flames, from which four horses and a burning wagon are rescued by firemen and stable hands. The scene is exciting, full of action from beginning to end, and all its details are clearly and sharply defined. Thick volumes of smoke pouring from the doors and windows of the stable add greatly to the realistic ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1896
  • Street car chivalry /

    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
  • A rube couple at a county fair /

    A rube couple at a county fair /

    From Edison films catalog: Scene I--Driving into the Grounds. Scene II--Machinery department. Scene III--Getting weighed. Scene IV--On the Pike. Scene V--Looking at the big pumpkins. Scene VI--Cattle parade. Scene VII--Trotting race, with female jockeys. Scene VIII-- Hurdle jumping, female riders. Scene IX--High school horse. Scene X--Slide for life. 540 Ft. $81.00.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Panorama of esplanade by night /

    Panorama of esplanade by night /

    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 outlines of all the buildings are clearly discernible. Edwin S. Porter maintained that this was the first motion picture taken at night by incandescent ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • What happened in the tunnel /

    What happened in the tunnel /

    From Edison films catalog: Interior of railroad coach. Pretty young lady and colored maid occupying seat. Young man in rear seat tries to attract young lady's attention. She drops her handkerchief. Young man picks it up and hands it to her, and then takes advantage of the opportunity and leans over the back of her seat and begins to make love to her. As ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903