Format Film, Video
Contributors Edison Manufacturing Co.
Dates 1901
Location United States
Language English
Subjects Boxers (Sports)
Boxing Matches
Silent Films
Sports for Women
United States
Women Boxers
Gordon Sisters boxing
Created / Published
Edison Manufacturing Co., United States, 1901, monographic.
Subject Headings
-  Boxing matches -- United States
-  Boxers (Sports) -- United States
-  Sports for women -- United States
-  Sisters -- United States
-  Silent films
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 6May01; H4083.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Duration: 1:36 at 19 fps.
-  Materials listed originate from the paper print chosen best copy of two for digitization; for other holdings on this title, see the M/B/RS Paper Print database.
-  Two sets of Gordon Sisters advertised their bag punching and boxing act in the New York clipper: Bessie and Minnie in 1901, and Bessie and Alice in 1903. The sisters performing in this film are most likely Bessie and Minnie, given a photo of the two that ran in the 11/15/02 issue of the Clipper. Photo caption: "Gordon Sisters, Bessie and Minnie, have successfully played Eastern houses for the past six or seven years. They are now with the Oriental Burlesquers, as the feature act. Their specialty also introduces bag punching by Bessie Gordon. They claim to be the originators of the lady boxing acts, presenting only scientific sparring. Both play leading parts in the burlesque" (p. 836).
-  Code names (for telegraphic orders): Ungallant (100 ft.), Ungartered (50 ft.)
-  Ref print and dupe neg include pullbacks and almost 1 ft. of black; these printing errors have been edited out in production of a digital file.
-  NCN046321; Gordon Sisters boxing.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 51; AFI cat.: film beginnings, 1893-1910, 1995.
-  Available on the Internet; Library of Congress World Wide Web site ( (additional physical form)
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1 reel of 1 (115 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (115 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
1 roll (114 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
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