Film, Video The old maid having her picture taken /

Format Film, Video
Contributors Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Porter, Edwin S.
Sarony, Gilbert
Thomas A. Edison, Inc
Dates 1901
Location United States
Language English
Subjects Clocks and Watches
Older Women
Photography of Women
Portrait Photography
Single Women
Studios and Dark Rooms
United States
The old maid having her picture taken /
Other Title
Old maid posing for her picture
From Edison films catalog: Scene opens in a photographer's studio. A typical old maid, impersonated by Mr. Gilbert Saroni [sic], enters to have her picture made. While the photographer is making his camera ready the old maid walks about the studio. She first looks at a hanger with a number of photo samples, which immediately falls from the wall, not being able to stand her gaze. She then looks at the clock and her face frightens the clock and causes the hands to turn around at lightning speed, and the clock suddenly falls to the floor with a crash. She then walks over to the mirror to ascertain the trouble, and as she presents herself in front of the glass it suddenly cracks in several places. The photographer then sits her in a chair and poses her ready for her picture. Just as he is to press the button the camera explodes with a great puff of smoke, completely destroying the camera and demolishing the studio. The picture finishes up with the old maid tipping back in her chair and losing her balance, displaying a large quantity of fancy lace goods. A sure winner. Length 75 feet. $11.25.
Contributor Names
Porter, Edwin S., production.
Sarony, Gilbert, cast.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1901.
Subject Headings
-  Single women--United States--Drama
-  Portrait photography--United States--Drama
-  Ugliness--Drama
-  Photography of women--United States--Drama
-  Older women--United States--Drama
-  Photographers--United States--Drama
-  Photography--United States--Studios and dark rooms--Drama
-  Mirrors--Drama
-  Clocks and watches--Drama
-  Photographs--Drama
-  H1494 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 1Mar1901; H1494.
-  Gilbert Sarony (Old maid).
-  Duration: 1:16 at 16 fps.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Before the nickelodeon, 1991, p. 167-69; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 76-77 [MI].
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
1 reel of 1 (ca. 75 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 roll of 1 (ca. 75 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number
FEB 9715 (ref print)
LC 739 (paper pos)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
edmp 0739
Library of Congress Catalog Number
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Dublin Core Record
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