Format Film, Video
Dates 1900
Location Galveston
Texas
Language English
Subjects 20th Century
Buildings
Disaster Victims
Flood Damage
Floods
Galveston
Galveston (Tex.)
History
Hurricanes
Mass Casualties
Natural Disaster Effects
Natural Disasters
Search and Rescue Operations
Texas
Title
Searching ruins on Broadway, Galveston, for dead bodies /
Other Title
Searching the ruins of Galveston for dead bodies
Searching ruins for dead bodies on Broadway
searching the ruins of galveston for dead bodies
searching ruins for dead bodies on broadway
Created / Published
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1900.
Subject Headings
-  Natural disasters--Texas--Galveston
-  Disaster victims--Texas--Galveston
-  Mass casualties--Texas--Galveston
-  Search and rescue operations
-  Hurricanes--Texas--Galveston
-  Floods--Texas--Galveston
-  Flood damage--Texas--Galveston
-  Buildings--Natural disaster effects--Texas--Galveston
-  Galveston (Tex.)--History--20th century
Notes
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 24Sept1900; D18566.
-  Camera, Albert E. Smith.
-  Duration: 0:52 at 16 fps.
-  From Edison films catalog: This shows the heart of one of the tremendous drifts in the east end of Galveston. Hundreds of dead bodies are concealed in these immense masses, and at the time the picture was taken the odor given out could be detected for miles. The subject shows a gang of laborers clearing away the debris in the search for corpses, one of which was discovered while the picture was being taken. 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 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 and limb, in taking about a thousand feet of moving pictures. In spite of the fact that Galveston was under martial law and that the photographers were shot down at sight by the excited police guards, a very wide range of subject has been secured. The series, taken as a whole, will give the entire world a definite idea of the terrible disaster, unequaled since the Johnstown flood of 1889. The following pictures are all copyrighted and fully protected by law. They are made from the original negatives taken at a great expense, and expressed to us immediately after they were taken. We will prosecute anyone who copies or uses copies of these films. These films are now drawing immense crowds at Eden Musee and Proctor's vaudeville houses in New York City. Procure these films and increase the receipts of your exhibitions. This great disaster which has startled the entire world, has made an indelible impression on the minds of the public, and everyone will be interested in seeing authentic moving pictures of a representative American city almost entirely wiped out by the combined power of water and wind. The films we list below are genuine, and ours are positively the only animated picture films secured while the city of Galveston was in a state of chaos.
-  Filmed ca. September 11-19, 1900, in Galveston, Texas.
-  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. 634-35; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 14-15 [MI].
Medium
1 reel of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 roll of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number
FEB 9406 (ref print)
LC 1066 (paper pos)
Repository
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
edmp 1066 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/edmp.1066
Library of Congress Catalog Number
00694301
http://lccn.loc.gov/00694301


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