Film, Video New Black Diamond express /

Format Film, Video
Contributors Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Thomas A. Edison, Inc
White, James H. (James Henry)
Dates 1900
Location Pennsylvania
Susquehanna River
Language English
Subjects Black Diamond (Express Trains)
Express Trains
Lehigh Valley Railroad Company
Susquehanna River
New Black Diamond express /
Other Title
Black Diamond Express.
From Edison films catalog: This picture was taken at one of the curves on the Lehigh Valley Railroad, along the beautiful Susquehanna River. The train is seen rapidly approaching in the distance, clearly outlined against the grey mountains. Smoke can be seen pouring in volumes from the stack of the locomotive, and as the train approaches closely, she sounds a whistle, warning some section men, who are working on the tracks in the foreground. As she rushes by the camera, the swing motion of the train gives a vivid idea of the lightning speed at which she is traveling. 60 feet. $9.00.
Contributor Names
White, James H. (James Henry), production.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1900.
Subject Headings
-  Lehigh Valley Railroad Company
-  Railroads--Pennsylvania
-  Express trains--Pennsylvania
-  Mountains--Pennsylvania
-  Susquehanna River
-  Rivers--Pennsylvania
-  D11027 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 26May1900; D11027.
-  Picture is dark on 35 mm. viewing print, copy 1.
-  Incomplete: 35 mm. viewing print, copy 2, is missing some footage.
-  Duration, 35 mm. copy 1: 0:57 at 16 fps.
-  Duration, 35 mm. copy 2: 0:27 at 24 fps.
-  MAVIS 64200.
-  Filmed May 1900, near Towanda, Pennsylvania.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  Viewed for content and cataloging assistance by Amy Gallick.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 594-95; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 94 [MI].
-  Received: ca. 1958; 16 mm. viewing print and dupe neg pic; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: ca. 5-2000; viewing print, copy 1; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: ca. 1980; master pos pic; method of acquisition unknown; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 5-26-1900; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 3-3-1997; reversal pos; gift; Niver (Kemp) Collection.
-  Received: 5-13-1994; viewing print, copy 2; preservation; Hendricks (Gordon) Collection.
1 film reel of 1 (57 sec., ca. 25 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. viewing print.
1 film reel of 1 (57 sec., 58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. viewing print.
1 film reel of 1 (57 sec., ca. 25 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. dupe neg pic.
1 film reel of 1 (57 sec., 58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. master pos pic.
1 roll of 1 (ca. 60 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
1 film reel of 1 (57 sec., ca. 25 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. reversal pos.
1 film reel of 1 (inc.) (27 sec., 43 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. viewing print (copy 2)
Call Number
FLA 4171 (viewing print)
FEB 9412 (viewing print)
FRA 1336 (dupe neg pic)
FPE 5432 (master pos pic)
Box 5064 (paper pos)
FRB 7468 (reversal pos)
FEC 8086 (viewing print, copy 2)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
edmp 1157
edmp 4050
Library of Congress Catalog Number
Other Formats
MODS Record
Dublin Core Record
Catalog Record

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