Collection Items

  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Handbill from the Film "El Enemigo Público Número 1". Shown here is the handbill for the film El enemigo público Numero 1 (Public enemy number 1), which was the Spanish title of Manhattan Melodrama, released in 1934 and starring Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Leo Carrillo, Nat Pendleton, and Mickey Rooney. Production and distribution companies as well as movie theaters used such handbills as advertisements to attract the attention of the public....
    • Contributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    • Date: 1934

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  • Film, Video
    Bouncing Baby. The film Bouncing Baby, featured here, is a prime example of the works produced by the Vim Comedy Company in Jacksonville, Florida, during the early years of silent films. Favorable weather, political support, and cheap real estate and labor helped to make Jacksonville a major center for motion picture production in this period. The mayor of Jacksonville in 1915-17, J.E.T. Bowden, set out to...
    • Contributor: Hardy, Oliver - Vim Comedy Company - Nikelodeon Films
    • Date: 1916
  • Film, Video
    Confederate Veterans Convention. Reunions of Civil War veterans from both the North and South were a prominent feature of public life in the United States in the early decades of the 20th century. This 1914 silent film records the meeting of 40,000 Confederate veterans in Jacksonville, Florida, nearly a half century after the end of the war. Titles are used to explain each sequence. The motion of...
    • Contributor: Florida Commercial Sound Films of Jacksonville - Mackey and Coutant Film Company
    • Date: 1914
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Relief Ship Sails for Near East. The caption for this wire-service photograph states: "The USS Pensacola, now used as a relief ship carrying food and clothing to the destitute countries in the Near East, sailed from New York with a cargo valued at more than two million dollars. The Pensacola is not the first ship to sail for the Near East, two others having preceded it. The relief ships are...
    • Contributor: Joint Distribution Committee of the American Funds for Jewish War Sufferers - International Film Service
    • Date: 1919
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Peter the Tramp.
    Borgmästarens flickor - Luffar-Petter
    Luffar-Petter (Peter the tramp), a silent film made in Sweden in 1922, was the first film in which the Swedish-born actress Greta Garbo (1905--90) appeared. Still known by her original name of Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, Garbo was at the time a simple, unknown actress still learning her craft. This short comedy was the starting point from which Garbo was launched on a path to...
    • Date: 1929
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Metropolis. Metropolis, by director Fritz Lang (1890--1976), is generally regarded as a masterpiece of German Expressionist filmmaking and a forerunner of modern science-fiction movies. The film was shot in 1925--26 at the Babelsberg (Berlin) studios of the leading German film company, Universum Film AG (Ufa), and premiered in Berlin in January 1927. This 1926 art-deco poster by German graphic artist and painter Heinz Schulz-Neudamm (1899--1969)...
    • Contributor: Schulz-Neudamm, Heinz
    • Date: 1926
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Trieste. This movie poster is by the Italian artist Tito Corbella (born in Pontremoli in 1885, died in Rome in 1966), who is best known as a designer of postcards of glamorous women. He also produced illustrations and film posters, such as the one presented here. The poster portrays a woman wearing a red dress adorned with white lilies; she is kneeling, her arms upstretched,...
    • Contributor: Corbella, Tito
    • Date: 1915
  • Book/Printed Material
    Metro Pictures Corporation Offers Vicente Blasco Ibáñez' "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse".
    Metro Pictures Corporation Offers Vicente Blasco Ibáñez' "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"
    This 16-page illustrated booklet issued by the Metro Pictures Corporation is a prospectus describing the making of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a film based on the novel of the same name by Spanish author Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. The novel was published in Spain in 1916 with the title Los cuatro jinetes del Apocalipsis and in English translation in 1918. Metro claimed that...
    • Contributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Blasco Ibáñez, Vicente
    • Date: 1921
  • Film, Video
    Scenes of the Everglades. Businessman and adventurer Homer Augustus Brinkley produced this film in 1928 after living for several months among the Seminole Indians in the Everglades. He later used the film in a traveling show that featured a live, caged bear and himself dressed as a Seminole. Photographed by William B. Feeland, the film contains some of the earliest moving footage of the Seminole. Beginning with panoramic...
    • Contributor: Feeland, William B. - Brinkley, Homer Augustus
    • Date: 1928
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Walt Disney with Company at Press Conference. Walt Disney (1901--66), the American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, and entrepreneur, was best known for creating such iconic characters as Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse, for whom Disney himself was the original voice. In the 1930s and 1940s, he produced full-length animated films that included Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio (1940), and Bambi (1942). In 1955, Disney opened...
    • Date: 1965
  • Film, Video
    Maple Sugar and Cooperation.
    Sucre d'érable et coopération
    Produced by the Producteurs de sucre d'érable du Québec (Maple Sugar Producers of Quebec) and directed by Father Maurice Proulx (1902--88), this 1955 film features the history of the organization and its new techniques for maple syrup production, from scientific standardization in laboratories to advanced wrapping and packaging. Proulx, trained in agronomy before becoming a filmmaker, made 36 films for industry and the provincial...
    • Contributor: Maple Sugar Producers of Quebec - Burman, John (Jack) - Omega Productions - Nolet, Jean-Paul - Proulx, Maurice
    • Date: 1955
  • Film, Video
    Ross Allen Reptile Institute. E. Ross Allen was a pioneer promoter and theme-park entrepreneur who achieved national and international fame for his animal wrestling. Born in 1908 in Pittsburgh, he was an Eagle Scout as a boy and later a stand-in for Johnny Weismuller in the Tarzan movies. He transformed the historic, natural tourist attraction of Silver Springs into a prototype of modern theme parks. Ross Allen's Reptile...
    • Contributor: Guided Tours - Silver Springs
    • Date: 1960
  • Film, Video
    Florida Moonport USA. This early 1960s black-and-white film was made as a tribute to the U.S. space program in Florida. It begins by showing a launch sequence for Project Mercury, the first U.S. human spaceflight program. Also shown are examples of the technology of the day, including pocket transistor radios and massive computers. Twelve gallons of gas cost $3.60. Also seen is an unsuccessful rocket launch. The...
    • Contributor: Crooks, Leroy - Florida Development Commission
    • Date: 1960
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Snapshot from an Airplane: The Harbor of Copenhagen.
    Snapshot fra et Aeroplan: Holmen og Havnen
    This view of Copenhagen harbor is the earliest known Danish aerial photograph. The picture was taken by Holger Damgaard (1870--1945), the first full-time press photographer in Denmark. Damgaard worked for the Danish newspaper Politiken from 1908 until 1940, where he documented a wide variety of events, places, and persons. Aerial photography goes back to the 1850s, when the first photographs were taken from balloons....
    • Contributor: Damgaard, Holger
    • Date: 1913
  • Film, Video
    Care and Feeding of a Mermaid. This film shows a young woman training to perform as a mermaid at Weeki Wachee, a Florida water park founded by Newton Perry (1908--87) after World War II. After serving in the U.S. Navy during the war, where among other duties he trained military divers, champion swimmer Perry scouted out locations for a water park. He found a major spring in a largely unpopulated...
    • Date: 1961
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    "Narcissus." Nikolai Tsiskaridze. This photograph taken by Leonid Zhdanov (1927-2010) in 2008 is from his "Narcissus" series. It shows Nikolai Tsiskaridze, a leading dancer of the Bolshoi Theater, rehearsing the short ballet Narcissus by Kasian Goleizovsky (in Ulanova's interpretation). Tsiskaridze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1973, went to Tbilisi School of Choreography, and in 1987 moved to Moscow to continue his studies in the class of...
    • Contributor: Zhdanov, Leonid
    • Date: 2008
  • Map
    Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda. This map of Murchison Falls National Park, the largest national park in Uganda, was issued in 1956 by the Lands and Surveys Department of the Uganda Protectorate. Shown are the park boundaries, roads and tracks, ranger stations, control points, and the park headquarters and safari lodge. The scale of the map is 1:250,000. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which flows westward...
    • Contributor: Trustees of the Uganda National Parks - Uganda. Department of Lands and Surveys
    • Date: 1956
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Favus Patients and Their Caregivers in a Treatment Center Isolation Ward in Vilna, Lithuania. In the aftermath of World War I, poverty caused by wartime destruction and dislocation bred disease in Europe. The children in this photograph, taken in Vilna, Poland (present-day Vilnius, Lithuania) in 1921, have their heads wrapped; they are being treated for favus, a fungal skin disease that affects the scalp. The physician (standing, rear right) treating the children has been identified as Mahmud Kajabi....
    • Contributor: Joint Distribution Committee of the American Funds for Jewish War Sufferers
    • Date: 1921
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Students and Faculty Outside the Jewish Community School in Warsaw, Poland. This photograph shows a group of students and faculty standing outside the Jewish Community School of the Workmen's Home in Warsaw, Poland, in 1921. World War I and its disruptive aftermath threatened the survival of the many religious, educational, and cultural institutions that prior to the war had made Poland one of the most important centers of Jewish scholarship, learning, and culture. In the...
    • Contributor: Joint Distribution Committee of the American Funds for Jewish War Sufferers
    • Date: 1921
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Students Learn Carpentry in a Woodworking Shop in Jaroslaw, Poland. This photograph shows students and teachers in a carpentry course in Jaroslaw in 1922, one of many post-World War I vocational training programs in Poland set up in response to economic hardship. The classes were run by the Organization for Rehablitation through Training (ORT) and sponsored by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). The JDC was established by American Jewish groups at the...
    • Contributor: Joint Distribution Committee of the American Funds for Jewish War Sufferers - Tenzer, Emil
    • Date: 1922
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    New Mothers Learn Infant Care at a Hadassah Child Welfare Center, Jerusalem. This photograph shows five new mothers with babies during a child care course provided by a Hadassah nurse in Jerusalem. In 1918-21, the Women's Zionist Organization of America (better known as Hadassah), established hospitals, a nursing school, and community health and preventive care programs in British Mandate Palestine. During those years, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a humanitarian organization, provided $200,000 annually...
    • Contributor: Joint Distribution Committee of the American Funds for Jewish War Sufferers
    • Date: 1921
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Patients Wait in an Infirmary, Jerusalem. This photograph shows a line of patients waiting for treatment in an emergency room run by the Women's Zionist Organization of America (better known as Hadassah). In 1918-21, Hadassah established hospitals, a nursing school, and community health and preventive care programs in British Mandate Palestine. During those years, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a humanitarian organization, provided $200,000 annually for the work...
    • Contributor: Joint Distribution Committee of the American Funds for Jewish War Sufferers
    • Date: 1921
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Waiting for Food outside the Dreyfus Soup Kitchen, Jerusalem. This photograph shows hungry people, many of them children, as they wait for food at the Dreyfus Soup Kitchen in Jerusalem, which served about 900 meals a day in 1921. During and immediately after World War I, needy Jews living in British Mandate Palestine were cut off from their regular sources of support in Europe. Many depended on food relief and other kinds of...
    • Contributor: Joint Distribution Committee of the American Funds for Jewish War Sufferers
    • Date: 1921
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna, Wife of Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich. Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna (1830-1911) was born Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg. Her name was Russianized on her conversion to Russian Orthodoxy and marriage to Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich (1827--92), son of Emperor Nicholas I, in 1848. This full-length portrait photograph, taken when she was about 30-35 years old, shows her facing left, warmly dressed, holding an umbrella, and standing by a panel of drapery....
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolaevich, Son of Emperor Nicholas I, with a Child. Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolaevich of Russia (1832-1909) was the seventh child and fourth son of Tsar Nicholas I (1796-1855) and his wife Alexandra, formerly Princess Charlotte of Prussia. The image, taken by an unknown photographer, is preserved in the Russian State Archive of Film and Photo Documents, Moscow. The grand duke is seated facing forward, dressed in military uniform and holding a young child...
    • Date: 1860