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  • Exploding a Whitehead torpedo /

    Exploding a Whitehead torpedo /

    "The torpedo was exploded in fifteen fathoms of water. The picture shows the water, mud and rocks being thrown high up in the air, and will give an idea of the destructiveness of one of these missiles. 25 feet"--Edison films catalog.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • S.S. "Coptic" at dock /

    S.S. "Coptic" at dock /

    From F.Z. Maguire catalogue: Taken at the docks of the Pacific Steamship Co., San Francisco, Cal., which is operated in connection with the Southern Pacific Railroad Co. The "Coptic" is one of the best appointed, largest and fastest vessels that traverse the Pacific Ocean, and this view was taken as she was leaving for a voyage to the Sandwich Islands, Japan and China. The ...

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

    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
  • Army pack train bringing supplies. /

    Army pack train bringing supplies. /

    This film highlights the role of the United States Army in transporting supplies following the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco. The Army's relief operations headquarters was at their base, the Presidio, outside the burned part of the city. The Army played a major role in relief and refugee operations. In the first weeks after the fire, food, water, tents, blankets, medical supplies, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
  • Bird's-eye view of dock front, Galveston /

    Bird's-eye view of dock front, Galveston /

    "Galveston cyclone series. At the first news of the disaster by cyclone and tidal wave that devastated Galveston on Saturday, Sept. 8th, 1900, we equipped a party of photographers and sent them by special train to the scene of the ruins. Arriving at the scene of desolation shortly after the storm had swept over that city, our party succeeded, at the risk of life ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Capture of Boer battery by British /

    Capture of Boer battery by British /

    From Edison films catalog: Nothing can exceed the stubborn resistance shown by the Gordon Highlanders, as we see them steadily advancing in the face of a murderous fire of the Boers, who are making their guns speak with rapid volleys. One by one the gunners fall beside their guns, and as the smoke clears for an instant the Highlanders are seen gaining nearer and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • [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
  • Hockey match on the ice /

    Hockey match on the ice /

    "The skaters dart to and fro, swinging their hockeys [i.e., hockey sticks] and trying to hit the disc toward the goal. 150 feet"--Edison films catalog.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Shooting captured insurgents /

    Shooting captured insurgents /

    "A file of Spanish soldiers line up the Cubans against a blank wall and fire a volley. The flash of rifles and drifting smoke make a very striking picture. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog.

    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • 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
  • Overland Express arriving at Helena, Mont. /

    Overland Express arriving at Helena, Mont. /

    From Edison films catalog: It is train time. We look down the long platform, crowded with people, and see the famous N.P. Railway Overland Express approaching rapidly. In a moment the engine passes by, slowing down. Then comes one, two, three, four express cars, and behind them seven coaches and Pullmans. Passengers alight, baggage is unloaded, friends greet each other, station men run here ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • 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
  • Swiss village, no. 2 /

    Swiss village, no. 2 /

    "The scene opens by showing the village girls driving home a herd of cows, and shows the native peasantry of Switzerland returning from their daily occupation--watching the herds. After driving the cattle to their shelter, the boys and girls congregate in front of the old barn and go through a native dance, to the amusement of the spectators. These pictures are marvelously clear and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • President Roosevelt at the Canton station /

    President Roosevelt at the Canton station /

    The film begins by showing Theodore Roosevelt arriving with other mourners at Canton, Ohio. Mr. Roosevelt is shown leaving the station and getting into his carriage. The remainder of the film was photographed by panning the camera over the large crowd gathered in the area to watch the arrival of celebrities attending the funeral of President McKinley. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Panorama of wreckage of water front /

    Panorama of wreckage of water front /

    From Edison films catalog: This picture shows the remains of one of the docks, several freight cars being piled one upon the other, while the most interesting part of the picture shows two schooners literally smashed one into the other, forming a most picturesque mass of wreckage. 40 feet. $6.00. Part of The Galveston Cyclone series (Edison films catalog): At the first news of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • South Spring Street, Los Angeles, Cal. /

    South Spring Street, Los Angeles, Cal. /

    From Edison films catalog: Various equipages pass, including a tally-ho and six white horses. A peculiar, open-end trolley car comes along; bicycle riders and pedestrians. 50 feet. $7.50. Advertised as part of the "Southern Pacific Company Series" (Edison films catalog): The Southern Pacific Company ("Sunset Route") offers special inducements to winter travelers, by reason of its southern route, thereby avoiding the extreme cold of ...

    • 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
  • Down the old Potomac /

    Down the old Potomac /

    Follows a week-long, 180-mile trip on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal through the Potomac Valley from Cumberland, Md., to Washington, D.C. Includes scenes of the locks in operation; a mile-long, hand-dug tunnel which was built in 1840; coal barges plying the canal; Maryland farming country; Harper's Ferry; and Great Falls.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1917
  • 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
  • Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Palace /

    Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Palace /

    The single camera position is from the top of a building identified as the Trocadero Palace; the camera is pointed toward the Eiffel Tower. The film shows only up to the first arch of the Eiffel Tower.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • 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
  • 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
  • Fisherman's Wharf /

    Fisherman's Wharf /

    From F.Z. Maguire catalogue: Shows the wharf at San Francisco, Cal., with a large fleet of fishing boats at anchor. The crews are engaged in mending nets, arranging lines, etc., all of which lend action to the view. The figures are clear and life size, and the scene is truthfully reproduced.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • The stenographer's friend, or, What was accomplished by an Edison business phonograph /

    The stenographer's friend, or, What was accomplished by an Ed...

    It's a busy day at the office, and the stenographer is exhausted from trying to keep up with the demands on her skills. Even when she stays late, she cannot catch up with all of the work. But then a man comes into the office to demonstrate the many advantages of the Edison System, his company's new business phonograph.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1910
  • Hotel Del Monte /

    Hotel Del Monte /

    "Shows a party of tourists at this famous resort; located in Monterey, Cal., on the Southern Pacific Railroad. The magnificence of its surroundings is clearly shown. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog. "Southern Pacific Company Series.The Southern Pacific Company ("Sunset Route") offers special inducements to winter travelers, by reason of its southern route, thereby avoiding the extreme cold of the winter months. Its course lies through ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Pilot boats in New York harbor /

    Pilot boats in New York harbor /

    A New York harbor pilot boat passes close enough for members of the crew to be seen [Frame: 0471]. Following the sailing vessel is a steamship [Frame: 0780]. "A close view of an eighty footer, schooner-rigged, trim as a private yacht, skimming over the waters of the harbor near Robin's Reef [i.e., Robbins Reef], which picturesque little lighthouse is seen in the near background. ...

    • Contributor: White, James - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • 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
  • 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
  • "Columbia" winning the Cup /

    "Columbia" winning the Cup /

    "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, followed closely by the Shamrock, we see the steam from the whistle of the Light Ship announcing the well earned victory of the ...

    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899