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Collection Inventing Entertainment: The Early Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies

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  • Film, Video

    104th Street curve, New York, elevated railway /

    From Edison films catalog: Taken from the front platform of a special train run backward over the celebrated S curve. Not only are the passing trains and crowded platforms of great interest, but the view of up-town New York is an excellent one, showing acre upon acre of roofs, towers, steeples and towering apartment houses. As the "special" slows up at 92nd Street, a ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    10th U.S. Infantry, 2nd Battalion, leaving cars /

    "American infantry troops dressed in field uniforms of the Spanish-American War can be seen close to the foreground of the camera position. Three companies of men, in columns of fours, march by the camera. In the background are railroad passengers, indicating the film was photographed on a rail siding area"--Early motion pictures.

    • Contributor: Paley, William Daly - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    2nd Special Service Battalion, Canadian Infantry--parade /

    From Edison films catalog: This picture shows the Canadian troops departing from Quebec for the war in the Transvaal. The scene opens with the soldiers clad in campaign uniform, marching under the triumphal arch, cheered by thousands of spectators who are waving English flags.

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    9th Infantry boys' morning wash /

    "Imagine forty or fifty soldier boys each with a pail of water on the ground before him, sousing and spattering and scrubbing away for dear life. Soap and towels too. Every man jack of them looks as if he were enjoying the wash immensely, and also the novelty of having his picture taken. The big fellow in the center of the picture is laughing ...

    • Contributor: Paley, William Daly - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    Admiral cigarette /

    44332 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: Thos. A. Edison; 5Aug1897; 44332. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:25 at 30 fps. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.

    • Contributor: Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video

    Admiral Dewey landing at Gibraltar /

    War hero Adm. George Dewey, famous for his victory at Manila Bay early in the war, was filmed during his trip back to the United States at Gibraltar in early September 1899.

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    Admiral Dewey leading land parade, no. 2 /

    "Showing Central Park in back-ground. 200 feet. $30.00"--Edison films catalog. One of 20 films advertised in Edison films catalog under the category "Dewey Doings." From the catalog: We equipped eight parties on the occasion of Admiral Dewey's arrival in New York Harbor, Wednesday, September 27th, 1899, and secured the following excellent moving pictures of the Admiral and his great ship, together with the stirring ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    Admiral Dewey receiving the Washington and New York committees /

    From Edison films catalog: Showing Committee of Arrangements' visit to the Admiral on board the U.S. Cruiser Olympia. 100 feet. $15.00

    • Contributor: Dewey, George - Miles, Nelson Appleton - Sampson, William Thomas - Pruden, Octavius Longworth - White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Brook Foundation Collection (library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    Admiral Dewey taking leave of Washington committee on the U.S. cruiser "Olympia" /

    "Showing the gallant Admiral standing directly in front of the camera, life size, his head bare, graciously bidding his guests adieu. This was exhibited at Eden Musee and Koster and Bial's, New York, to 18,000 people the next day after the picture was taken"--Edison films catalog. One of 20 films advertised in Edison films catalog no. 94, under the category "Dewey Doings." From the ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    Advance of Kansas Volunteers at Caloocan /

    "From the thick underbrush where the Filipinos are massed comes volley after volley. They are making one of those determined stands that marks Caloocan as the bloodiest battle of the Filipino rebellion. Suddenly, with impetuous rush, Funston's men appear. They pause but for a moment, to fire, reload and fire. The color bearer falls, but the standard is caught up by brave Sergeant Squires ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - New Jersey. National Guard - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    After launching

    "Taken near the Union Works, San Francisco, Cal., immediately after the launching of the Japanese Man-of-war "Chitose." The scene opens with the pleasure yacht "Unadilla" passing in the immediate foreground, her decks loaded with passengers. The boat slowly passes, until the stern is directly to the audience. The water in the wake of the yacht is churned by her screw propeller into a milky ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Blechynden, Frederick - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    American falls from above, American side /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Shows glittering ice background and a group of photographers preparing to take pictures.

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (gordon) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video

    Amy Muller /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A beautiful fantastic toe dance. A good subject colored.

    • Contributor: Muller, Amy - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (gordon) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video

    An animated luncheon /

    From Edison films catalog: The scene takes place in a fashionable cafe. A well dressed couple enter and after a careful perusal of the menu, conclude on an order of boiled eggs and Welsh rarebit. The obliging waiter delivers the order. The guests break open the eggs, and two beautiful white chickens fly across the room. The diners then perform a similar trick with ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    Annie Oakley /

    From Raff & Gammon price list: The "Little Sure Shot" of the "Wild West," exhibition of rifle shooting at glass balls, etc. $15.00.

    • Contributor: Oakley, Annie - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (gordon) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1894
  • Film, Video

    Armour's electric trolley /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Shows the private electric railway of Messrs. Armour & Co. in their great Chicago yards. Part of the "Erie Railroad Series" (Edison films catalog): The following subjects present novel and interesting views along the line of the Erie, such as do not always come within the observation of the general tourist. We are indebted to the courtesy of the ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video

    Army pack train bringing supplies. /

    This film highlights the role of the United States Army in transporting supplies following the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco. The Army's relief operations headquarters was at their base, the Presidio, outside the burned part of the city. The Army played a major role in relief and refugee operations. In the first weeks after the fire, food, water, tents, blankets, medical supplies, ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (george) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1906
  • Film, Video

    Arrest in Chinatown, San Francisco, Cal.

    This film shows the arrest and conveyance of a Chinese man in Chinatown, watched by a crowd of onlookers. The precise date of this film and the arrest charge are uncertain. It is possible that the arrest was connected with the smuggling of illegal immigrants from China. By mutual agreement between China and the United States, a small quota of merchants and students was ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video

    Arrival of McKinley's funeral train at Canton, Ohio /

    It is apparent that the camera was placed on a platform of a train station. A steam locomotive pulling several passenger cars can be seen nearing the camera position and coming to a stop. The remainder of the film is concerned with the people who get off the train and walk off the platform. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: FUNERAL TRAIN ARRIVING ...

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

    Arrival of the Governor General, Lord Minto, at Quebec /

    From Edison films catalog: This picture shows the Governor General, the Earl of Minto, accompanied by the Countess of Minto and their household, crossing the river in ice canoes. On the Quebec side the canoes find a solid ledge of ice projecting about 200 yards from the wharf, and over this the blanket clad snow shoers haul the Governor, his wife and guests. A ...

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

    The artist's dilemma /

    "The scene opens in an artist's studio, the artist asleep in his chair. A large old fashioned clock opens and a young lady comes out and awaking the artist, requests him to paint her picture. While the artist is executing the work a clown comes down from the clock, takes in the situation and begins to make love to the lady. The artist detects ...

    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. (albert Edward) - Vitagraph Company of America - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E.
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video

    An artist's dream /

    "The scene opens in the interior of an artist's studio. Mephisto appears mysteriously and signals the pictures to come to life. They step down from the frames and walk forward, admiring their costumes. Mephisto then touches the artist on the shoulder, awaking him, and disappears. The artist, after rubbing his eyes, sees the picture on his right hand side and jumps up to embrace ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    Astor Battery on parade /

    From The Phonoscope, January 1899, p. 15: As they appeared in New York on Saturday, January 21 [sic], 1899, on their return from active service in the Philippines. The picture is taken as they cross Broadway, Union Square, north. First come the mounted police, proud and prancing, then the band, then the famous Astor Battery, marching twenty-four abreast. As the second file approaches, the ...

    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Vitagraph Company of America - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (albert Edward)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    The Astor tramp /

    From Edison films catalog, no. 105: A side-splitting subject, showing the mistaken tramp's arrival at the famous New York hotel, the Waldorf-Astoria. The tramp inquires as to changing his nationality and asks also as to the results of this prospective change. The music and words accompanying are explanatory and can be either sung or spoken. The tramp calls to ask Waldorf's opinion as to ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    [Athlete with wand] /

    Copyright: no reg. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:37 at 16 fps. MAVIS 179298; [Athlete with wand]. Filmed February 1894, in Edison's Black Maria studio. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 89. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files. Received: 5-13-1994; viewing print; preservation; Hendricks (Gordon) Collection.

    • Contributor: Dickson, W. K.-L. (william Kennedy-Laurie) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (gordon) Collection (library of Congress) - National Turn Verein (newark, N.J.)
    • Date: 1894