Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Pilot boats in New York harbor A New York harbor pilot boat passes close enough for members of the crew to be seen [Frame: 0471]. Following the sailing vessel is a steamship [Frame: 0780]. "A close view of an eighty footer, schooner-rigged, trim as a private yacht, skimming over the waters of the harbor near Robin's Reef [i.e., Robbins Reef], which picturesque little lighthouse is seen in the near background....
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - White, James - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video
    Single harness horses "Shows ten horses hitched to fashionable carts driven past the judges and grandstand to show their style, action and high-stepping movements. Among the drivers, Charles F. (Fatty ) Bates, the noted whip, shows up very prominently. The horses are all of very high class, and the action is of the very best. The film is clear, sharp and catchy"--F.Z. Maguire & Co. catalogue, March...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video
    Rocking gold in the Klondike
    Rocking gold in the Klondyke
    "Here we see one of the methods employed in the search for gold, where water is scarce. We see the workmen using the water over and over again in the rocker until it becomes too thick with earth for further use. The scene is one of action, as the valuable character of the ground enables many to work profitably in close quarters. An interesting...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Bonine, R. (Robert K.) - Crahan, Thomas
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video
    The sea lions' home "The famous Seal Rocks at Golden Gate Park are here shown. Sea lions in their wild state are lying on the rocks and swimming and diving in the water. 50 ft."--Edison films catalog. "Pacific Coast Life Saving Service series: These subjects are illustrative of the work performed by the Life Saving Corps of the United States Government, and show the methods in vogue at...
    • Contributor: Blechynden, Frederick - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video
    A street Arab "Shows one of New York's street gamins going through various acrobatic evolutions; he turns handsprings backward and forward, walks the crab, does cart wheels and other kindred feats. An exceptionally unique part of the performance is his standing on his head and twisting around like a top. It is safe to say he will be bald-headed at an early age"--Edison films catalog.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Afi/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video
    Launch of surf boat
    Launching the surf boat | Launching of surf boat | Launch of a surf boat
    "The crew of seven dressed in cork jackets, push the boat through the surf; they clamber in and row out to the wreck. 50 ft."--Edison films catalog. "Pacific Coast Life Saving Service series: These subjects are illustrative of the work performed by the Life Saving Corps of the United States Government, and show the methods in vogue at one of the most important stations...
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - United States. Life-Saving Service - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Blechynden, Frederick - Fort Point Life-Saving Station (U.S.) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - United States. Revenue-Cutter Service
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video
    Sleighing scene "A view taken on the West Side Drive in Central Park. Shows a continuous stream of handsome rigs and turnouts passing in both directions. Pedestrians watch the gay carnival. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video
    U.S. battleship "Oregon"
    United States battleship "Oregon" | Battleship "Oregon"
    "This picture of the pride of the United States Navy was made on the occasion of the Peace Jubilee in New York City, and was taken from a tug passing the warship on its way up the North River. The entire crew are on deck, and a beautiful view of this wonderful craft is afforded"--American Mutoscope & Biograph picture catalogue. Views on the starboard...
    • Contributor: Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress) - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - American Mutoscope Company
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video
    Panorama from the tower of Brooklyn Bridge
    Panorama from the tower of the Brooklyn Bridge | At the top of Brooklyn Bridge | Bird's eye view of N.Y. from Brooklyn Bridge | View from Bklyn Bridge tower in Bklyn | View from Brooklyn Bridge tower in Brooklyn
    The view was taken from the tower on the Brooklyn side of the bridge. As the film begins, the camera is looking southwest, towards the southern tip of Manhattan (the Battery). The camera pans very rapidly north following Manhattan's East River shoreline, across the bridge span itself and the bridge's New York side tower, following the shoreline further north towards Corlear's Hook, where the...
    • Contributor: Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Bitzer, G. W. - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - American Mutoscope Company
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video
    Delivering newspapers
    Distributing a war extra | Delivering a war extra on Union Square | World news wagon
    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: Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Bitzer, G. W. - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Marvin, Arthur W.
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video
    "Grandrepublic" passing "Columbia"
    "Grand Republic" passing "Columbia" | "Grand Republic" passing the "Columbia" | Steamer "Grandrepublic"
    As the film begins, America's Cup defender, Columbia can be seen. From camera right comes a large sidewheel propelled passenger excursion boat, completely obscuring the Columbia; but, as the film ends, the Columbia, under full sail, is again in view. Filmed on October 5 or 6, 1899, before the first race, which was held on October 16, 1899.
    • Contributor: Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Armitage, F. S. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video
    Launch, U.S. battleship "Kentucky"
    Launch of U.S. Battleship "Kentucky" at Newport News, Va. | Launching the Battleship "Kentucky" | Launching of the Battleship "Kentucky" | Launching U.S. battleship Kentucky, Newport News, Va.
    View from the James River of the launching of the battleship Kentucky at Newport News, Va. Built by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, the Kentucky is launched shortly after the U.S. battleship Kearsarge on March 24, 1898. Long shot of ship on launching skids, sliding into river, and moving past stationary camera.
    • Contributor: Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress) - American Mutoscope Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video
    Ladies' saddle horses
    Judging ladies' saddle horses | Lady saddles
    "Well-known horse-women and their mounts riding before the judge's stand at the Open Air Horse Show, Manhattan Field, New York City"--AFI catalog.
    • Contributor: Armitage, F. S. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video
    Panoramic view of the White Pass Railroad
    Panoramic view from the White Pass Railroad
    "This scene was taken shortly after the completion of this railroad in 1899. The impression received by the audience is that of riding on the pilot of an engine. Shortly after starting, you plunge into the darkness of the tunnel, afterwards to emerge, and crossing a high trestle skirting the edge of a deep chasm, you continue to wind about among the mountains and...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Bonine, R. (Robert K.) - Crahan, Thomas
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video
    Statue of Liberty A three-quarter front view of the Statue of Liberty. The statue was erected twelve years earlier, in 1886.
    • Contributor: American Vitagraph Company - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward) - Blackton, James Stuart - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video
    S.S. "Coptic" running against the storm Photographed from a single-camera position, the viewpoint is midships, straight ahead. The ship is running head-on through heavy seas. As the vessel runs into heavy billows, the water breaks in huge volumes over the prow and is dashed into clouds of spray. A monster wave comes along and the lookout disappears, but bobs up in the next moment, and water is seen running from...
    • Contributor: Blechynden, Frederick - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video
    Casey at the bat
    Casey at the bat, the fate of a "rotten" umpire
    "The umpire makes a decision that Casey doesn't like, and an argument follows during which Casey deftly tips him up and continues the argument on the ground. The other players run from the bench and join the rumpus. The fielders come running in and the pile on the home plate looks like a football scrimmage. A warning to all unfair umpires. 45 ft."--Edison films...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Thayer, Ernest Lawrence - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video
    Admiral Cigarette
    We all smoke
    In front of a large backdrop with the words "Admiral Cigarette" are four people in costume: Uncle Sam, a clergyman, an Indian, and a businessman. To their left is a very large Admiral Cigarette box, that breaks apart to reveals a girl, attired in a striking costume, smoking a cigarette. She goes to the men and hands each a cigarette. As she moves back...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video
    The diving horse
    Diving horses | Unidentified Masson.
    Performance of a horse diving from a tower 40 feet high into the water at the Shoot the Chutes pond at Coney Island, New York. The horse leaps into the water, is led out by a man and repeats the trick.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Afi/Masson (Daniel J.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video
    Edison kinetoscopic record of a sneeze, January 7, 1894
    Sneeze | Fred Ott's sneeze | Ott's sneeze | Kinetoscopic record of a sneeze
    "Considered to be the first motion picture given legal status by copyright acceptance. The forty-five frames it contains were sent in for copyright as a still picture. The action consists of a man, Fred Ott, sneezing. Application for copyright was filed by William K. Laurie Dickson, Edison's assistant and supervisor of the new motion picture project. The frames were rephotographed from the still picture...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1894
  • Film, Video
    New Brooklyn to New York via Brooklyn Bridge, no. 1 "The film was photographed from a single-camera position from the front of a railroad train as it crossed the bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan"--Early motion pictures.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video
    New York police parade, June 1st, 1899
    N.Y. police parade, June 1st, 1899
    "An excellent view of "The Finest," on their annual parade and inspection, June 1, 1899. The head of the column is just turning into 14th Street from Broadway, the Morton House forming part of the background. Crowds line both sides of the cable car tracks, falling back as the band heading the first division swings around Dead Man's Curve and passes the camera. Chief...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video
    Parade of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. No. 2
    Buffalo Bill's Wild West show.
    Crowds of people watch a parade of Buffalo Bill's Wild West in Newark, New Jersey. In the procession are mounted cavalry, American Indians, Arabs, Cossacks, Turks, Abysinnians, hosts of other riders, and many carriages.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video
    "Shamrock" and "Erin" sailing The Shamrock is seen after its defeat in the 1899 America's Cup, along with Sir Thomas Lipton's steam yacht Erin, which served as its tow boat and tender across the Atlantic.
    • Contributor: American Vitagraph Company - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward) - Blackton, James Stuart - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video
    May Irwin kiss
    Kiss
    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: An osculatory performance by May Irwin and John Rice. The most popular subject ever shown. From Edison films catalog: By May Irwin and John Rice. They get ready to kiss, begin to kiss, and kiss and kiss and kiss in a way that brings down the house every time. 50 feet. $7.50.
    • Contributor: Irwin, May - Heise, William - McNally, John J. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Rice, John C. - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896