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  • 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
    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: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1894
  • 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
  • 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
    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
  • Film, Video
    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
    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
  • Film, Video
    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: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Sarashe Sisters - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Afi/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1894
  • 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
    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
    [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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Amy Muller From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A beautiful fantastic toe dance. A good subject colored.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Muller, Amy - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1896
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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
    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