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    Annie Oakley Annie Oakley, the "Little Sure Shot" of the "Wild West," in an exhibition of rifle shooting.
    • Contributor: Oakley, Annie - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1895
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    Charity ball A man in formal dinner clothes and a woman in a white ruffled dress with a flower corsage and white shoes execute various dance steps designed as exhibition dancing. The set is bare, without backdrops or props. The couple's feet are not evident at times in the frame, and the dance appears to have been shot in relatively slow motion.
    • Contributor: Heise, William - Kelley, James T. - Kent, Dorothy - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
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    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: Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
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    Imperial Japanese dance
    Japanese dance
    "A charming representation of The Mikado dance by three beautiful Japanese ladies in full costume. Very effective when colored. 45 feet"--Edison films catalog.
    • Contributor: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Heise, William - Sarashe Sisters - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Afi/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1894
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    Hadj Cheriff
    Hadji Cheriff | Arab knife juggler | Sheikh Hadji Taha
    Copyright: no reg. Performer: Hadji L. Cheriff. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:19 at 30 fps. MAVIS 179351. Filmed October 6, 1894, in Edison's Black Maria studio. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 137. Received: 5-13-1994; viewing print; preservation; Hendricks (Gordon) Collection.
    • Contributor: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Cheriff, Hadji - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1894
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    Interrupted lovers
    Interrupted lover | Comedy scene
    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Another instance where "the course of true love never runs smooth." From Edison films catalog: The watchful father disturbs a dream of bliss, and the bucolic lover is taught a lesson. He made a great hit. 140 feet. $21.00.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    Hockey match on the ice "The skaters dart to and fro, swinging their hockeys [i.e., hockey sticks] and trying to hit the disc toward the goal. 150 feet"--Edison films catalog.
    • Contributor: Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video
    Robetta and Doretto, [no. 2]
    Chinese laundry
    "The pursuit of Hop Lee by an irate policeman"--Maguire & Baucus catalogue.
    • Contributor: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Doretto, Phil - Robetta - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1894
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    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: Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
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    Giant coal dumper "Erie Railroad Series: 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 Erie officials, whose kind co-operation in affording us every facility within their power has enabled us to procure these unusual and effective pictures"--Edison films catalog. "Shows...
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
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    Cuban ambush "From the upper windows of a ruined mill the Cubans fire at a scouting party of Spaniards, who return the volley. Fine smoke effects. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
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    Leonard-Cushing fight From Edison films catalog: An actual six-round contest between Mike Leonard, commonly called the "Beau Brummel" of pugilism, and Jack Cushing. Full of hard fighting, clever hits, punches, leads, dodges, body blows and some slugging. Sold by rounds. Each round contains 150 feet. Price each round, $22.50.
    • Contributor: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Leonard, Mike (Michael Wellington) - Cushing, Jack - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kinetoscope Exhibition Company - Ernst (Louise) Collection (Library of Congress) - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1894
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    Pillow fight "A comic subject, clear, bright and characteristic. Shows four girls in their night dresses, engaged in an animated pillow fight. During the action the pillows become torn, and the feathers fly over their heads and about the room in great numbers, producing with the white dresses and the black background a novel effect. Sharp, full of action, and popular in character. 50 feet only"--F.M....
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Afi/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video
    Passaic Falls
    Paterson Falls
    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A beautiful picture of the falls of the Passaic River, near Paterson, N.J.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    Herald Square From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Showing "Herald" building, street and elevated railroad.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    Princess Ali
    Egyptian dance
    Princess Ali, of Barnum and Bailey's Circus, is filmed performing an Egyptian dance. As she dances, some musicians perform in the background to provide accompaniment.
    • Contributor: Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1895
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    The burning stable From Maguire & Baucus catalogues: Shows a barn actually in flames, from which four horses and a burning wagon are rescued by firemen and stable hands. The scene is exciting, full of action from beginning to end, and all its details are clearly and sharply defined. Thick volumes of smoke pouring from the doors and windows of the stable add greatly to the realistic...
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
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    Carmencita Copyright: no reg. Performer: Carmencita. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:21 at 30 fps. According to Edison film historian C. Musser, Spanish dancer Carmencita was the first woman to appear in front of an Edison motion picture camera. Six months before filming, she had been performing at Koster & Bial's Music Hall in New York City since February 1890. MAVIS 179915; Carmencita. Filmed March 10-16,...
    • Contributor: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1894
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    Philadelphia Express, Jersey Central Railway "The scene of the overhead crossing of the Pennsylvania and Jersey Central railroads at Elizabeth, N.J. While a Pennsylvania train is passing over the arch, the Philadelphia Express on the Central Railroad comes dashing underneath at full speed, head on to the audience"--Maguire & Baucus catalogue.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
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    Falls of Minnehaha "The "Laughing Waters" of Longfellow's "Hiawatha." A beautiful view of this picturesque and celebrated waterfall. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
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    Caicedo (with pole)
    Caicedo. | Caciedo | Caceido
    "King of the slack wire. His daring feats of balancing as he performs his thrilling feats in midair show that he is perfectly at home. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog, no. 94.
    • Contributor: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Heise, William - Caicedo, Juan A. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1894
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    Seminary girls
    Scene in a seminary
    "A number of young ladies, in their night robes, are having a frolic, and are interrupted by a teacher. One girl makes herself very conspicuous by crawling under a bed. 50 foot strip"--Edison films catalog.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Afi/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
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    Buffalo dance Three Sioux Indians in full regalia perform a "buffalo dance", while two others use drums to supply a rhythm. The three dancers move around in a circle as they perform the various actions that are part of the dance. All three wear feathers in their headbands and two wear decorative tails.
    • Contributor: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Heise, William - Last Horse - Parts His Hair - Hair Coat - Pine - Strong Talker - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1894
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    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: Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
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    The lone fisherman From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Illustrating "fisherman's luck." Sure to make a hit. From Edison films catalog: Depicts the patient fisherman, sitting on the end of a plank, waiting for a bite. Practical joker comes along and removes stone from other end of plank. 115 feet. $17.25.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896