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  • Film, Video
    A morning bath An African American mother is shown giving her struggling child a bath. She thrusts him, kicking and struggling, into a tub of foaming suds.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Heise, William - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    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
  • Film, Video
    Shooting the chutes "A lively scene on the famous water chutes at Coney Island"--Maguire & Baucus catalogue.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Heise, William - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    [Dickson greeting]
    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
  • 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
  • Film, Video
    [Newark athlete. No. 1]
    Club swinger, no. 1 | Indian club swinger | Early Edison camera tests | Newark athlete.
    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
  • Film, Video
    Luis Martinetti
    Louis Martinetti | Louis Martinelli | Louis Martinetti, contortionist
    "Gymnast and contortionist, performing on flying rings"--Raff & Gammon price list.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Martinetti, Luis - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1894
  • Film, Video
    Robetta and Doretto, [no. 2]
    Chinese laundry
    "The pursuit of Hop Lee by an irate policeman"--Maguire & Baucus catalogue.
    • Contributor: Heise, William - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Robetta - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Doretto, Phil
    • Date: 1894
  • Film, Video
    Annie Oakley Annie Oakley, the "Little Sure Shot" of the "Wild West," in an exhibition of rifle shooting.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Oakley, Annie - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1895
  • Film, Video
    [Athlete with wand]
    Le├žon de baton
    One of a series of films using athletes from the local Newark Turnverein as subjects.
    • Contributor: National Turn Verein (Newark, N.J.) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1894
  • 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: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1895
  • Film, Video
    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: Hair Coat - Strong Talker - Parts His Hair - Last Horse - Pine - Heise, William - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1894
  • Film, Video
    Sandow
    Sandow. | Souvenir strip of the Edison Kinetoscope, Sandow, the modern Hercules | Sandow, the modern Hercules
    10777 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright (under title Souvenir strip of the Edison Kinetoscope): W.K.L. Dickson; 18May1894; 10777. Performer: Eugen Sandow. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:40 at 16 fps. According to vaudeville historian Joe Laurie, Jr., Sandow--who was managed by Flo Ziegfeld--was "the greatest of the strong men and who received the most publicity" (Vaudeville, 1972, p. 33). Filmed March 6, 1894, in Edison's Black...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Heise, William - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Sandow, Eugen
    • Date: 1894
  • Film, Video
    [Dickson experimental sound film]
    Dickson violin | Dancing men in the Black Maria
    Experimental sound film made for Edison's kinetophone -- a combination of the kinetoscope and phonograph -- but apparently never distributed. This LC copy is silent. Features two men dancing to a violinist. Shows W. K. L. Dickson playing the violin before a large phonograph horn connected with an off-screen reader while two men dance together. Part of Dickson's sound-synchronization experiments.
    • Contributor: Edison Collection (Library of Congress) - D'almaine, Charles - Heise, William - Dunston (Gatewood) Collection (Library of Congress) - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc
    • Date: 1895
  • Film, Video
    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: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Heise, William - Afi/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video
    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: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Heise, William - Afi/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video
    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
  • Film, Video
    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: Caicedo, Juan A. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1894