Film, Video Opening the Williamsburg Bridge /

Format Film, Video
Contributors American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
Bitzer, G. W.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Dates 1904
Location East River
New York
Williamsburg Bridge
Language English
Subjects Actualities (Motion Pictures)
East River (N.Y.)
New York
New York (State)
Nonfiction Films
Short Films
Williamsburg Bridge (New York, N.Y.)
Opening the Williamsburg Bridge /
Other Title
Opening the Williamsburg Bridge [New York City]
The film was shot on the roadway of the newly constructed Williamsburg Bridge. The first people to come into view are press photographers carrying large wooden "box" cameras [Frame: 0690]. Next, a parade of dignitaries and military representatives, accompanied by members of the press [1310], is photographed passing the camera position led by a standard bearer whose banner reads "MAYOR" [0902]. The mayor of New York was Seth Low, a lame-duck at the time of filming, having been defeated in November, 1903 by George B. McClellan. The Williamsburg Bridge, a combined cantilever and suspension bridge, crosses the East River from Delancey and Clinton Streets, Manhattan, to Roebling and S. 5th Streets, Williamsburg. Built at a cost of twelve million dollars, it held two lanes of roadway, two "L" tracks, four trolley tracks, and two promenades. It was the largest suspension bridge in the world at the time.
Contributor Names
Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera.
American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1904.
Subject Headings
-  Williamsburg Bridge (New York, N.Y.)
-  Bridges--New York (State)--New York
-  Parades--New York (State)--New York
-  Photojournalists--New York (State)--New York
-  Press--New York (State)--New York
-  East River (N.Y.)
Actualities (Motion pictures)
Short films
Nonfiction films
-  H42039 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11Feb1904; H42039.
-  Duration: 0:55 at 15 fps.
-  Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer.
-  Photographed December 19, 1903. Location: East River, New York, N.Y.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  paper pos; Received: 2/11/04; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
-  arch neg; Received: 1989/90 from UCLA; preservation Paper Print Collection.
-  ref print and dupe neg; Received: 1991 from LC lab; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
paper pos. 1 roll (95 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number
LC 346 (paper pos)
FEB 9841 (ref print)
FPE 5539 (dupe neg)
FPE 5627 (arch neg)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
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