Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Panoramic view of Tremont Hotel, Galveston
    Title in Edison films catalog, no. 135: Panorama of Tremont Hotel, Galveston | Title in Edison films catalog, no. 288: Panorama, Tremont Hotel, Galveston | Title from New York clipper, September 29, 1900: Panoramic view of Galveston, from Tremont Hotel | Title from New York clipper, September 22, 1900: Wreck of Tremont Hotel, Galveston
    "This picture shows several buildings which were wrecked and also shows a rear view of this hotel, which is on the highest point of land in Galveston, and in which several thousand people were saved. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog, no. 105. "The Galveston Cyclone series. At the first news of the disaster by cyclone and tidal wave that devastated Galveston on Saturday, Sept. 8th,...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward) - Vitagraph Company of America
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Panorama of Orphans' Home, Galveston
    Variant title from Edison motion pictures 1890-1900: Galveston Orphans' Home in ruins | Variant title from Edison motion pictures 1890-1900: Panorama of the Orphans' Home, Galveston
    "The camera focuses on the building indicated as the Orphans Home, showing damage created by either the wind of the hurricane or the backwash from the tidal wave, and including debris around the yard. As the camera begins to pan for about 25 degrees, it shows further damage of the buildings"--Early motion pictures. "Galveston cyclone series. At the first news of the disaster by...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward) - Vitagraph Company of America
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Bird's-eye view of dock front, Galveston
    Title in Edison films catalog: Birds-eye panorama of the dock front, Galveston | Variant title in Edison motion pictures 1890-1900: Galveston dock yard wreck
    "Showing dismantled cars, wrecked warehouses, schooners and tugs that had been stranded on the docks; also the tents that had been rigged up for the poor people who had been left entirely homeless. 75 feet"--Edison films catalog. "Galveston cyclone series. At the first news of the disaster by cyclone and tidal wave that devastated Galveston on Saturday, Sept. 8th, 1900, we equipped a party...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward) - Vitagraph Company of America
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Panorama of Galveston power house
    Variant title from Edison films catalog no. 288: Panorama, Galveston power house | Variant title from the New York clipper, Sep. 22, 1900: Ruins of the Galveston power house | Variant title from the New York clipper, Sep. 29, 1900: Panorama of the Galveston power house
    "This building and machinery supplied the electric power and electric light for the entire city of Galveston, including the car system. The building, which is of solid masonry, is a complete wreck, and together with the twisted iron work of the machinery, shows the tremendous power of the cyclone. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog, no. 135. "The Galveston Cyclone series. At the first news of...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward) - Vitagraph Company of America
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Panorama of wreckage of water front
    Title in Edison films catalog: Panorama of wreckage on water front, Galveston | Variant title in Edison motion pictures, 1890-1900: Stranded schooners on Galveston Beach
    "This picture shows the remains of one of the docks, several freight cars being piled one upon the other, while the most interesting part of the picture shows two schooners literally smashed one into the other, forming a most picturesque mass of wreckage. 40 feet"--Edison films catalog. "Galveston cyclone series. At the first news of the disaster by cyclone and tidal wave that devastated...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward) - Vitagraph Company of America
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Searching ruins on Broadway, Galveston, for dead bodies
    Title in New York clipper, Sep. 22, 1900: Searching the ruins of Galveston for dead bodies | Title in New York clipper, Sep. 29, 1900: Searching ruins for dead bodies on Broadway | Title in Edison films catalog, no. 288: Searching ruins for dead bodies, Broadway, Galveston
    "This shows the heart of one of the tremendous drifts in the east end of Galveston. Hundreds of dead bodies are concealed in these immense masses, and at the time the picture was taken the odor given out could be detected for miles. The subject shows a gang of laborers clearing away the debris in the search for corpses, one of which was discovered...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward) - Vitagraph Company of America
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Launching a stranded schooner from the docks
    Title in Edison films catalog: Launching a stranded schooner from the docks at Galveston | Variant title from Edison motion pictures 1890-1900: Launching of a stranded schooner
    "During the terrific storm all of the light craft along the dock front was lifted out of the water and washed up into the streets, many of them being carried for miles inland. This subject shows a number of boatmen who have banded together to get their craft back into the water, a panoramic view being taken of the schooner as she glided sideways...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward) - Vitagraph Company of America
    • Date: 1900
  • Article
    Overview of the Edison Motion Pictures by Genre Actualities "Actuality" is a term used by historians to describe short non-fiction films produced by American and European filmmakers during the first ten years of the motion picture industry. Actuality films typically recorded noteworthy persons, places and events of interest to general audiences and were the most frequently-produced film type in America, until overtaken in popularity by comic and dramatic narrative films after 1902.