Collection Items

  • Audio Recording
    I love the name of Mary : tenor and chorus with orchestra Edison: 50083-R; mx 2362. The 1st work from the musical Barry of Ballymore, with lyrics by George Graff. This catalog entry was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by a grant from Lloyd E. Rigler and Lawrence E. Deutsch. Walter Van Brunt, tenor ; with chorus and orchestra. Coupling date: 9/11/13 (1st side) ; 11/1913 (2nd side)--Cf....
    • Contributor: Olcott, Chauncey - Ball, Ernest R. - Van Brunt, Walter - Graff, George - Carroll, Harry
    • Date: 1913
  • Audio Recording
    In Siam : Wars of the world : N.Y. Hippodrome : tenor and chorus, orchestra accompaniment Edison: 3382-B-43 (matrix), 3365-C-53 (matrix); Diamond Disc no. on edge of disc: 50198. The 1st song from a revue. Billy Murray, tenor--Cf. Wile, 1978. Performed with accompaniment. Coupling date: 11/23/1914--Cf. Wile, 1978. Engraved label. LC copy: 3382-A-1-1 (matrix, R side) ; 3365-C-3-4 (matrix, L side).
    • Contributor: Klein, Manuel - Murray, Billy - Berlin, Irving
    • Date: 1914
  • Audio Recording
    Happy tho' married : monologue ; Desperate Desmond : drama : (rehearsing the orchestra) : vaudeville specialty
    Happy though married
    Happy tho' married side: Presents a humorous monologue in Hebrew dialect in which a man describes the courtship of his future wife and their life together after marriage. Desperate Desmond side: Presents a humorous monologue in which a man directs an orchestra in the use of musical sounds and motifs to represent the characters and action in a drama wherein the hero rescues the...
    • Contributor: Duprez, Fred
    • Date: 1915
  • Audio Recording
    Good-bye Broadway, hello France : baritone and chorus with orchestra The 1st song from the revue, The passing show of 1917. Edison: 5687-C-2-78 (matrix), 5659-C-3-77 (matrix); Diamond Disc no. on edge of disc: 50443. Arthur Fields, baritone (1st work) ; Billy Murray, tenor (2nd work) ; with chorus and orchestra. Coupling date: 8/21/1917--Cf. Wile, 1978. LC copy: 5687-C-3-72 (matrix, 1st side) ; 5659-C-5-44 (matrix, 2nd side). Engraved labels.
    • Contributor: Fields, Arthur - Murray, Billy - Baskette, Billy - Cohan, George M. (George Michael)
    • Date: 1917
  • Audio Recording
    Saxophone sobs : saxophone with orchestra Edison: 5744-C-7-44 (matrix), 4998-C-4-4X (matrix); Diamond Disc no. on edge of disc: 50454. Rudy Wiedoeft, saxophone (1st work) ; Frosini, accordion (2nd work). Coupling date: 10/24/1917--Cf. Wile, 1978. Engraved labels. LC copy: 5744-C-2-102 (matrix, 1st side) ; 4998-C-6-90 (matrix, 2nd side).
    • Contributor: Erdman, Ernie - Wiedoeft, Rudy - Frosini, Pietro
    • Date: 1917
  • Audio Recording
    A study in mimicry : vaudeville sketch Edison: 5522-A-2-2 (matrix), 6031-A-5-2 (matrix); Diamond Disc no. on record sleeve: 50485. The 1st work consists primarily of vocal sound effects, including whistled bird sounds with piano acc.; 2nd work consists of a song followed by vocal sound effects. Orren and Drew (1st side) ; The Premier Quartet (2nd side). Coupling date: 6/19/1918--Cf. Wile, 1978. Engraved labels. Program notes and performers' full names on...
    • Contributor: Orren, John - Drew, Lillian - American Quartet
    • Date: 1918
  • Audio Recording
    Gunga Din Lasca: Dramatic recitations were frequently on the variety show bill. Harry E. Humphrey delivers this romantic poem of the American West in the typical dramatic style of the time--Cf. American variety stage, 1870-1920 summary.
    • Contributor: Kipling, Rudyard - Desprez, Frank - Humphrey, Harry E. (Harry Ervin)
    • Date: 1919
  • Audio Recording
    The Arkansas traveler descriptive scene ; Flanagan's troubles in a restaurant : vaudeville specialty. Steve Porter, speaking (sides 1 and 2) ; Ernest Hare, speaking (side 1) ; with violin (side 1) and orchestra (side 2). Recorded July 10, 1922 (1st side) and January 1923 (2nd side)--Cf. Edison disc recordings, c1978. Date of first listing: March 12, 1929--Cf. Edison discs recordings, c1978. "Edison re-creation." LC copy: Index no. 25. LC copy: 8261-A-4-3 (matrix, R side) ; 7019-C-B-5 (matrix,...
    • Contributor: Porter, Steve - Hare, Ernest
    • Date: 1929
  • Audio Recording
    Laughing record : Henry's music lesson. Porters on a Pullman train
    Henry's music lesson
    Laughing record; novelty song. Edison: 8860-B-3-7 (matrix), 8606-B-4-3 (matrix); additional nos. on labels: 8860, 8606; Diamond Disc nos. on labels: 51063-R, 51063-L. Humorous song and spoken word comedy. Sally Stembler, speaking, laughing, with uncredited men (1st side) ; Collins and Harlan (2nd work). Coupling date: 3/12/1923--Cf. Wile, 1978. LC copy: 8860-C-2-4 (matrix, R side) ; 8606-C-4-9 (matrix, L side). Performer on 1st side from...
    • Contributor: Crandall, Charles D. - Stembler, Sallie - Collins, Arthur - Harlan, Byron G. - Collins and Harlan (Musical Group)
    • Date: 1923
  • Audio Recording
    Recollections of 1861-65 : trumpet solo with orchestra. Love's old sweet song : saxophone with orchestra Edison: 7683 (matrix), 7690 (matrix); Diamond Disc nos. on labels: 80613-R, 80613-L. Edna White, trumpet (1st work) ; Chester Gaylord, saxophone (2nd work). Coupling date: 2/1/1921--Cf. Wile, 1978. Engraved label. LC copy: 7863-A-6-5 (matrix, 1st side) ; 7690-B-7-11 (matrix, 2nd side).
    • Contributor: White, Edna - Gaylord, Chester - Molloy, J. L. (James L.)
    • Date: 1921
  • Film, Video
    Three jumping Tommies
    Three jumping acrobatic Tommies | Unidentified Peters No 3: Vaudeville acts
    Opening title introduces "Three jumping Tommies in their original acrobatic stunts," with "Tommies" apparently referring to the performers' British military uniform costumes of caps, shirts and ties, knickers to the knees, tights, and short boots. Cuts to a long shot of a stage with a painted backdrop of a garden with fountains. From stage right march three young men; a short boy flanked by...
    • Contributor: Spanuth, Hans A. - Commonwealth Pictures Corporation - Afi/Peters (S.E.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1920
  • Film, Video
    Kruger and Ward
    Unidentified Peters No 3: Vaudeville acts
    Opening title introduces "Kruger and Ward, the tall and short of it." The camera iris opens on a stage with a painted backdrop of a canyon and waterfall. Two clowns walk across the stage: a dwarf with a fake bald pate dressed in evening clothes and a top hat, and a tall, thin clown dressed as a woman. The dwarf follows the "woman" with...
    • Contributor: Spanuth, Hans A. - Commonwealth Pictures Corporation - Kruger and Ward - Afi/Peters (S.E.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
  • Film, Video
    Toto Brothers
    Unidentified Peters No 3: Vaudeville acts
    Opening title identifies this as a "balancing and iron jaw novelty act." Cuts to a long shot of a stage with a carpet and dark curtains as a backdrop, in front of which stand four chairs and a table. From stage left enters a man wearing dark leotards with a single-shouldered top, a waist belt, and dark high-top shoes with a white border. From...
    • Contributor: Spanuth, Hans A. - Commonwealth Pictures Corporation - Toto Brothers - Afi/Peters (S.E.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
  • Film, Video
    Jumbo, the trained elephant
    Spanuth's vodvil - Zouary no. 148 | Vaudeville de-luxe: four acts | Zouary can no148
    Camera iris opens from black to a smiling man standing in front of an elephant, who is seated on her haunches on a stool with her front legs raised in the air. They are apparently on a stage with a painted backdrop of a forest. The man gives the elephant a treat, who then stands as the iris closes. Another iris effect opens on...
    • Contributor: Spanuth, Hans A. - Commonwealth Pictures Corporation - U.S. Personal Film Company - Afi/Zouary (Maurice) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
  • Film, Video
    [Animal act with baboon, dog and donkey]
    Spanuth's vodvil - Zouary no. 149 | Zouary can no. 149
    Opens on a closeup of a baboon "playing" a violin, then cuts to a medium shot of the same. The baboon wears a white short-sleeved shirt with a loose bow tie and tweed pants. Cuts to a closeup of the baboon in a circular mask or iris effect, without the violin but with a collar around his neck and a striped kitten that he...
    • Contributor: Spanuth, Hans A. - Commonwealth Pictures Corporation - Afi/Zouary (Maurice) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
  • Film, Video
    Tom Tinker's pony patter
    Spanuth's vodvil - Zouary no. 149 | Zouary can no 149
    Camera iris opens to six ponies with decorated harnesses and plumed halters, standing in the center of a stage with a painted backdrop of mountains. Cuts to two ponies on a seesaw, with a moustached man in a white uniform with dark piping and a white cap holding their leads. A second trainer in a dark suit can also be seen occasionally with the...
    • Contributor: Spanuth, Hans A. - Commonwealth Pictures Corporation - Afi/Zouary (Maurice) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
  • Film, Video
    Kawana Trio
    Spanuth's vodvil - Zouary no. 159 | Zouary can no 159
    Opening title identifies the Kawana Trio as "artistic foot jugglers." The camera iris opens to reveal three Asians--two men and a woman--dressed in kimonos and looking down. They raise their heads and look at the camera, smiling, as the iris closes. Another iris effect opens to a stage with a dark background and a decorated, cushioned platform center stage. The men now wear white...
    • Contributor: Spanuth, Hans A. - Kawana Trio - Commonwealth Pictures Corporation - Afi/Zouary (Maurice) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
  • Film, Video
    Expert bag punching A man stands on a stage with a painted backdrop of a forest, as if performing a vaudeville act. To the right of the frame is a sign on an easel identifying him as "Gus Keller, Novelty Bag Puncher, New Polo A.A." To the left of the frame is a rack of various punching bags, topped by American flags and a sign identifying the...
    • Contributor: Keller, Gus - Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video
    From show girl to burlesque queen
    Dressing room scene, from show girl to burlesque queen
    Opens on a dressing room set with a mirror, dressing table, and chair center stage and a folded dressing screen on the left. A smiling, dark-haired woman enters through the door on stage right, unbuttoning a full-length polka-dot costume. As she undresses, she frequently looks directly at the camera and smiles. She removes her sash or cummerbund, the top with its trailing sleeves, and...
    • Contributor: Weed, A. E. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video
    A wake in "Hell's Kitchen"
    Wake in "Hell's Kitchen" [New York City]
    Takes place on a rather plain room set, with a single religious picture and a coat hanging from the plain, white walls. An open coffin sits in the center of the room, with its lid leaning against the back wall. An older, grey-haired woman--presumably the widow--stands holding a bunch of flowers to the left of the coffin, wailing and wiping away her tears with...
    • Contributor: Marvin, Arthur W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Duel scene, "By right of sword"
    By right of sword
    Opens on a stage with a painted backdrop of a lake surrounded by forest. A bearded man wrapped in a dark cloak and wearing a dark fur shako--apparently the novel's character of Major Devinsky--stands stage left. Behind him, a group of three soldiers move about impatiently, watching for someone offstage. According to Marchmont's story, the men should be late 19th century Russian soldiers, but...
    • Contributor: Weed, A. E. - Stuart, Ralph - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video
    Sandow
    Sandow (no breathing)
    Strong-man Eugene (Eugen) Sandow poses in a long shot on a bare stage against a black background, wearing only tight trunks and laced sandals. He begins with his arms folded against his chest, looking off screen left, then strikes a variety of poses that accentuate his muscular development. These positions include flexing his right arm with the fist to his head and face to...
    • Contributor: Sandow, Eugen - American Mutoscope Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    The serenaders Opens on a stage set of a two-story brick building. Two street serenaders in rather shabby clothes stand outside the building, one playing a trombone and the other what appears to be a clarinet. A young woman appears in the upstairs window and looks down smiling on the two suitors. She soon favors and encourages the trombonist by throwing kisses and clutching her chest,...
    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video
    The extra turn Camera is positioned as if in the audience of a vaudeville show. A man and two women, all in evening clothes, are seated in a theater box to the left of a stage with curtains and a painted backdrop of trees. A young woman in a white dress, identified by a sign as "Dolly Lightfoot," performs a simple dance with leg kicks. The audience...
    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video
    The tramp's unexpected skate On a stage with a painted backdrop of a terrace overlooking a park, a man identified as a tramp by his ragged costume and beard lies asleep against a potted palm tree. Two boys enter from screen right, each rolling on one skate. They see the sleeping tramp, communicate to each other through gestures the gag they have in mind, and bend down to...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901