Format Film, Video
Dates 1898
Location United States
Language English
Subjects Barbers
Clothing and Dress
Sexual Behavior
United States
What demoralized the barber shop /
Other Title
what demoralized the barbershop
Created / Published
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., c1898.
Subject Headings
-  Barbershops--United States
-  Barbers--United States
-  Men--Sexual behavior--United States
-  Voyeurism--United States
-  Women--United States
-  Clothing and dress
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 16Dec1898; 73465.
-  On original paper pos: "Copyrighted 1897." DLC
-  Duration: 0:48 at 22 fps.
-  Camera, William Heise?
-  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 stop and, as they do, the men in the barbershop evidence excitement by doing ridiculous things or nudging one another with their elbows (p. 359).
-  Filmed November or December 1897?, in Edison's Black Maria studio.
-  According to Edison film historian C. Musser, photographs show William Heise making the film. Since Heise had retired by late 1898--the copyright date--this film was most likely produced at the end of 1897, while producer James White was on tour.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 361; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
1 reel of 1 (ca. 60 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch pos.
1 roll of 1 (ca. 60 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number
FLA 5964 (arch pos)
LC 52 (paper pos)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
edmp 0052
Library of Congress Catalog Number

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