Format Film, Video
Contributors American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
Dates 1904
Location Missouri
Saint Louis
United States
Language English
Subjects (
Belly Dance
Folk Dancing
Louisiana Purchase Exposition
Saint Louis
Saint Louis, Mo.)
Silent Films
United States
Princess Rajah dance
Created / Published
American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, United States, 1904, monographic.
Subject Headings
-  Belly dance -- United States
-  Dancers -- Missouri -- Saint Louis
-  Folk dancing
-  Silent films
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 3June1904; H46819.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Duration: 1:11 at 16 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.
-  Summary description provided by dance ethnologist Michelle Forner, 9/25/96.
-  According to vaudeville historians Joe Laurie, Jr. and Douglas Gilbert, Princess Rajah started as a "cooch" (an early form of belly dance) dancer at Coney Island in the 1890s. She was booked for a time at Huber's Museum in New York City before Willie Hammerstein presented her in her vaudeville debut at Hammerstein's Victoria theatre on 42nd Street. In addition to her dance with a chair, she also performed an Oriental dance with snakes. Princess Rajah was a featured act in the "Mysterious Asia" concession on the Pike at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. She later married agent Clifford C. Fischer.
-  Biograph catalog no. 2924; code name (for telegraphic orders) Retajan.
-  Kleine catalog no. 3207G; code name (for telegraphic orders) Nae.
-  NCN046339; Princess Rajah dance.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; AFI cat.: film beginnings, 1893-1910, 1995; Biograph photo catalog, v. 6 [MI]; Kleine Optical Co. catalog, Nov. 1905, p. 348; Laurie, J. Vaudeville, 1972, p. 40-41, 392; Gilbert, D. American vaudeville, 1963, p. 246-47.
-  Filmed May 23, 1904, at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. (venue)
-  Available on the Internet; Library of Congress World Wide Web site ( (additional physical form)
motion picture
1 reel of 1 (71 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (71 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
1 roll (71 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
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