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    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: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1898
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    Free-for-all race at Charter Oak Park
    $6,000 free-for-all pace at Charter Oak Park | Six thousand dollar free-for-all pace at Charter Oak Park | $6,000 free-for-all race at Charter Oak Park
    "Shows a part of the enormous crowd and the start and finish of the free-for-all pacing race, in which the fastest harness horse in the world, John R. Gentry (2:00-1/2), the coming Star Pointer and Frank Agan competed for a purse of $6,000. The heat we photographed was won by Star Pointer in the fast time of 2:04-3/4"--Maguire & Baucus catalogue. "Great horse racing...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1897
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    American falls from above, American side
    American falls from top of American shore
    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Shows glittering ice background and a group of photographers preparing to take pictures.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Heise, William - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1896
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    Racing at Sheepshead Bay "The finish and weighing out of a running race with nine starters. Won by famous Clifford, Sloane up. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1897
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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: Kent, Dorothy - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Kelley, James T. - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video
    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: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Cheriff, Hadji - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1894
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    Sioux ghost dance
    Ghost dance
    "One of the most peculiar customs of the Sioux Tribe is here shown, the dancers being genuine Sioux Indians, in full war paint and war costumes. 40 feet"--Edison films catalog.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1894
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    Corner Madison and State Streets, Chicago "The busiest corner in Chicago. Cable cars and street traffic of all descriptions. Hundreds of shoppers. Fine perspective view looking north toward the Masonic Temple. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog. "Erie Railroad series...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...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1897
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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: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video
    Ella Lola, a la Trilby
    Ella Lola, a la Trilby [dance]
    A young, dark-haired woman performs a dance inspired by George du Maurier's character Trilby, in an early modern dance style reminiscent of Isadora Duncan. She dances barefoot without stockings and is dressed in a long, flowing gown bound across the bosom in Grecian style, with inside fringe and a draped cape hooked to her wrist. She also wears what appears to be a garland...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Lola, Ella - Heise, William - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1898
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    Newark athlete. [No. 2]
    Club swinger. | Indian club swinger | Newark athlete.
    Experimental film made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film. Film reoriented by Gordon Hendricks.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1891
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    The boxing cats (Prof. Welton's)
    Prof. Welton's boxing cats
    Professor Welton presents an amusing fight between two trained cats wearing boxing gloves.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Welton, Henry - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1894
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    Bowery waltz "Shows James T. Kelly and Dorothy Kent, of Waite's Comedy Company, in the famous Bowery dance. The dancers are dressed in costumes characteristic to the surroundings, and the dance as shown is an exact reproduction. The subject shows many humorous situations, is clear, sharp, and the figures show full life size. Suitable for coloring"--F.Z. Maguire catalogue.
    • Contributor: Kelley, James T. - Kent, Dorothy - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Heise, William
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video
    [Men boxing]
    Early Edison camera tests
    Experimental film made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Edison Collection (Library of Congress) - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1891
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    Parade of Marines, U.S. cruiser "Brooklyn" "First comes the famous Marine Band of the "Brooklyn," with the mascot goat alongside the bass drum. The 300 Marines follow in rapid marching order, a sixteen file front in each company. 150 feet"--Edison films catalog.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video
    The first sleigh-ride From Maguire & Baucus catalogues: This subject taken just after the recent first fall of snow, shows two enthusiastic horsemen indulging in a "brush" with their respective horses and cutters.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Heise, William - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1897
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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: Heise, William - Cushing, Jack - Kinetoscope Exhibition Company - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Ernst (Louise) Collection (Library of Congress) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Leonard, Mike (Michael Wellington) - 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: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video
    Corbett and Courtney before the Kinetograph
    Corbett-Courtney fight
    From F.M. Prescott catalog: This fight consists of six rounds, each round on a film 150 feet long. It is not a fac-simile [sic] or a "fake" of any description, but an actual contest between James J. Corbett, former champion of the world, and Peter Courtney. The films are listed as "1st Round," "2nd Round," "3rd Round," "4th Round," "5th Round," and "6th Round"......
    • Contributor: Corbett, James J. - Heise, William - Courtney, Peter - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1894
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    Feeding the doves From Maguire & Baucus catalogues: A farm yard picture, showing a young girl and her baby sister scattering grain to the doves and chickens. The fluttering birds and excited fowls give an abundance of action to the scene, which is one of the prettiest, clearest and most attractive ever taken.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Heise, William - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1896
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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: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Heise, William - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1896
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    Fisherman's luck "Two German anglers are fishing, with odd results. One gets a bite, and pulls in a length of stovepipe. The other is so astonished that he falls overboard. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1897
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    Dancing darkey boy In this outside scene, a small African American boy--dressed in a cap, leggings, and suit with short pants--dances on a table or other flat, raised surface. Surrounding and encouraging him with hand claps is a group of men, dressed in a variety of styles, from shirtsleeves and caps to suits and hats, with one gentleman in a formal suit and top hat. Visible in...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1897
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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: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • 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: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1898