Film, Video The skyscrapers of New York /

Format Film, Video
Contributors American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
Dobson, F. A.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Dates 1906
Location Broadway
New York
New York City
Union Square
Language English
Subjects Bricklayers
Broadway (New York, N.Y.)
Building Trades
Buildings, Structures, Etc
Commercial Buildings
Construction Workers
Design and Construction
False Testimony
New York
New York (N.Y.)
New York (State)
Structural Steel Workers
Union Square (New York, N.Y.)
The skyscrapers of New York /
Other Title
This melodrama was filmed during the actual construction of a skyscraper in New York City, and includes several scenes of real work crews: a line of bricklayers [Frame: 1773 (part 1)], a man heating rivets in a forge [2459 (part 1)], riveters assembling steel girders [2859 (part 1)], men astride the steel framework maneuvering and setting a girder in place [3930 (part 1)], and a group of men descending on a crane line [5912 (part 1)]. The story involves a construction foreman who fires one of his crew for fighting, which leads the disgruntled employee to steal. He causes the blame to be put on the foreman, who is finally exonerated when the thief is exposed. All of this conflict is woven in and around the actual construction of the building as the work is in progress. There is even one scene of a hand-to-hand fight between the foreman and the villain that takes place on the unprotected ledge of the steel framework of the building. Some New York City landmarks seen in the film include Union Square (between Broadway and 4th Avenue, 14th-17th Street), and the Everett House, opposite the northeast corner of the square at 17th St. and 4th Avenue [1056 (part 1)]. The film includes the original AM&B title frames at head of film [0105-0272].
Contributor Names
Dobson, F. A., camera.
American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1906.
Subject Headings
-  Skyscrapers--New York (State)--New York--Design and construction
-  Building trades--New York (State)--New York
-  Construction workers--New York (State)--New York
-  Bricklayers--New York (State)--New York
-  Structural steel workers--New York (State)--New York
-  Commercial buildings--New York (State)--New York
-  Building trades--Employees--Drama
-  Broadway (New York, N.Y.)
-  New York (N.Y.)--Buildings, structures, etc
-  Union Square (New York, N.Y.)
-  H86424 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11Dec1906; H86424.
-  Duration: 4:00 (part 1), 4:32 (part 2), and 3:08 (part 3) at 15 fps.
-  Camera, Fred A. Dobson.
-  MAVIS 144800; The skyscrapers of New York.
-  Photographed November 8, 14, and 15, 1906. Location: 12th Street and Broadway, and studio, New York, N.Y.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  paper pos; Received: 1906-12-11; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
-  dupe neg; Received: 1989/90 from UCLA; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
dupe neg. 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 12 min., 710 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
paper pos. 1 roll (710 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number
FPE 5302 (dupe neg)
LC 2958 (paper pos)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
lcmp002 05386s1
Library of Congress Catalog Number
Other Formats
MODS Record
Dublin Core Record
Catalog Record

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