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Collection America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894 to 1915

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  • Film, Video

    Rube and Mandy at Coney Island /

    This film records a trip around Coney Island by a couple made up as country bumpkins. The camera placement shows their entrance, exit, and participation in the various concessions. In the next-to-last scene, the two approach a hot dog stand, and each buys a hot dog and eats it in a greedy manner while walking toward the camera. In the final scence, the camera ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    A rube couple at a county fair /

    From Edison films catalog: Scene I--Driving into the Grounds. Scene II--Machinery department. Scene III--Getting weighed. Scene IV--On the Pike. Scene V--Looking at the big pumpkins. Scene VI--Cattle parade. Scene VII--Trotting race, with female jockeys. Scene VIII-- Hurdle jumping, female riders. Scene IX--High school horse. Scene X--Slide for life. 540 Ft. $81.00.

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video

    Buffalo Bill's wild west parade /

    The film shows a parade down Fifth Avenue, New York. In the foreground many children, both black and white, can be seen following alongside the parade. The participants in the parade include cowboys, Indians, and soldiers in the uniform of the United States Cavalry on horseback and riding horse-drawn coaches. Buffalo Bill can be seen on horseback, lifting his hat to the crowd [Frame: ...

    • Contributor: Armitage, F. S. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1902
  • Film, Video

    Building a harbor at San Pedro /

    From Edison films catalog: This picture was secured from a launch furnished by Mr. Eager, President of the California Construction Co., who are fulfilling this

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video

    Albany, N.Y., fire department /

    A sidewalk crowd on a main street of Albany, N.Y., watches as fourteen pieces of horse-drawn fire equipment quickly pass by.

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (george) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video

    Annual baby parade, 1904, Asbury Park, N.J. /

    Shows the Baby Parade at Asbury Park, N.J., in 1904. Includes scenes of boys (dressed as soldiers and sailors) and girls (dressed in oriental costume) marching in groups, mothers pushing decorated perambulators, and horse-drawn floats.

    • Contributor: Abadie, Alfred C. (alfred Camille) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (george) Collection (library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video

    Chicago-Michigan football game /

    Excerpts of a 1903 football game between the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan. Includes views of the uniformed players, the spectators in the stadium and surrounding stands, and the game itself.

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (george) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    [Claremont Theatre, N.Y.] /

    Shows the entrance to the Claremont Theatre in New York City at 135th St. and Broadway where Edison is showing Gertrude McCoy and Bigelow Cooper in On the stroke of twelve. Large numbers of men, women and children leave the theater, some as many as two or three times. Delivery boys, a wagon, automobiles and a boy on rollerskates pass by.

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (george) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1915
  • Film, Video

    [Easter Sunday, Atlantic City boardwalk] /

    Crowds of people in their Easter finery parade on the boardwalk near Green's Hotel, and near a pier in Atlantic City. Some people ride in stroller chairs, one man pushes a baby carriage, and the ladies hold their hats to keep them from being blown off in the wind.

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (george) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video

    Atlantic City floral parade /

    Views of a parade down an Atlantic City street lined with crowds of spectators--some people watching from roofs--children, women in long skirts, many moustached men wearing hats. Shows uniformed men marching, boys pulling a small floral float with a woman riding in it, an elaborate float with a girl in it being pushed by a man, more small floats (decorated chairs?) with children, two ...

    • Contributor: Waters, Percival L. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (george) Collection (library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video

    [End of school day at coeducational school] /

    A factual film in which exuberant boys and girls, apparently high school students, walk through the arches of a school building and down the steps. Most of the boys wear caps and most of the girls wear fancy hats and ankle-length or mid-calf length full skirts; many of the students carry books. Two men attired in robes appear. Possibly a scene of graduation day ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (george) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1914
  • Film, Video

    [Labor Day parade] /

    Shows a parade through bunting-draped streets, probably in the town of Leominster, Mass. First, a decorated grandstand bearing the banner "Leominster heartily greets its guests" is seen, and then the camera pans to the street where the parade is to be photographed. The sidewalks are crowded with people, including many little girls in white or light-colored dresses. People run back and forth across the ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (george) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video

    [Lancaster, Pa., high school] /

    Shows boys and girls going out the door and down the steps of a high school building in Lancaster, Pa. The boys come out first, led by a man, probably a teacher, holding a young boy's hand. The boys wear suits, and a few carry books or instrument cases. The girls, wearing long dresses and broad-brimmed hats, follow the boys. The last person to ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (george) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 190?
  • Film, Video

    St. Patrick's Day parade, Lowell, Mass.

    Shows policemen and men in top hats and formal riding attire carrying large bunches of flowers as they parade on horseback. Angle changes slightly as a marching band carrying a drum inscribed Bugle Corps, Lowell appears, followed by a uniformed military group carrying rifles and marching in formation. Angle changes to show carriages and the rest of the procession. Scene changes to a building, ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (george) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
  • Film, Video

    Lathrop School, calisthenics /

    A group of preadolescent boys and girls is standing in a row facing the camera position. In back of them is a wall on which is written "Kansas City, Mo." As the film progresses, the students go through a series calisthenics, performing them in unison, and continue this throughout the film.

    • Contributor: Weed, A. E. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video

    Kindergarten ball game /

    A row of approximately twenty-five children under the age of six can be seen facing the camera. They stand in front of a long blackboard with the words "Kansas City, Mo." written on it. As the film continues, the children bounce the balls they have in their hands, then form a circle and march around the bouncing balls.

    • Contributor: Weed, A. E. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video

    Hyde Park School, room 2 /

    Four rows of pre-adolescent children, both boys and girls, are standing in front of a blackboard on which the words "Kansas City, Missouri" can be seen. Each boy and girl has a pair of Indian clubs and for the extent of the film the group demonstrates in unison different exercises, using the clubs.

    • Contributor: Weed, A. E. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video

    Parke Davis' employees /

    Photographed from a single-camera position, this film encompasses a scene of a large number of people either walking or riding bicycles as they leave what appears to be a factory. The title indicates they are employees of a drug firm.

    • Contributor: Armitage, F. S. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    Midway of Charleston exposition /

    The film, photographed from a single-camera position, shows people walking on the midway at the Charleston Exposition. Very few objects are discernible because of the distance.

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1902
  • Film, Video

    Charleston chain-gang /

    Apparently, the film was photographed from a compound bordered by high walls and buildings. At a distance of fifty yards in the direction that the camera is pointed a column of men can be seen walking backwards and holding a chain under their arms. All the men are dressed the same. Two men carrying shotguns gesture to indicate the chain gang should move. They ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1902
  • Film, Video

    Bass fishing /

    A man in fashionable sporting attire is standing on some large rocks at the edge of a stream. He is holding a short fishing rod in his hands and casting into the running stream. The film ends as the fisherman kneels at the edge of the water, holding the reel in his left hand while he hauls in the fish with a net held ...

    • Contributor: Talbot, Henry - Marvin, Arthur W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    Special delivery messenger, U.S.P.O. /

    As the scene opens, the front of a house, the shrubbery, a staircase, and the sidewalk are visible. From camera left, using a flying dismount, comes a bicycle rider in the uniform of a special delivery messenger. After parking his bicyle, he goes up the stairs to the front door of the house. A woman emerges, he hands her a letter, returns to his ...

    • Contributor: Weed, A. E. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    Circular panorama of housing the ice /

    The camera photographed an area of industrial activity. Against a hill approximately one hundred feet in height, ten escalatorlike conveyors have been constructed. The film indicates that the system was designed to lift ice that had been cut from a lake to the top of a hill where it was either stored or shipped. The camera pans from the mechanized area to the right ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1902
  • Film, Video

    Delivering newspapers

    The film shows a group of about fifty pre-adolescent boys running and crowding around a one-horse paneled newspaper van that pulls up in the foreground of the picture. On the side of the van is a sign reading "New York World." As they gather around the rear of the vehicle, a fight breaks out between two of the boys. The film ends as the ...

    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - Marvin, Arthur W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    Coach at rural post office, U.S.P.O.

    This section of the postal film is concerned with a stagecoach pulled by four horses arriving and delivering a pouch of mail to a rural post office for rerouting. Also visible is the post office delivery wagon.

    • Contributor: Weed, A. E. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903