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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: Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1895
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    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: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
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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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    The ball game Photographed from one camera position behind home plate, the film shows a baseball game in progress. The Reading pitcher has just let a Newark batter walk to first. He gets up on his toes, ready to head for second base. The next batter up cracks first ball pitched for a two bagger, and races for the base with a burst of speed. The first...
    • 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
  • Film, Video
    Shooting the chutes "A lively scene on the famous water chutes at Coney Island"--Maguire & Baucus catalogue.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
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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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    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
  • 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: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Edison Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1891
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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
  • Film, Video
    Sheep run, Chicago stockyards
    Sheep run, Chicago stock yards
    "A large flock of sheep being driven over the runs from the cars to the slaughter beds. The sheep, pressed by the driver and frightened by the surroundings and confusion, move very fast"--Maguire & Baucus catalogue
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • 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: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1891
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    [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: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Edison Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1891
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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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    Waterfall in the Catskills "Beautiful water effects at Haines' Falls, a most picturesque and charming mountain cataract. The wild and rugged surroundings are very impressive. 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
  • 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: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - D'almaine, Charles - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Dunston (Gatewood) Collection (Library of Congress) - Edison Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1895
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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: Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
  • 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: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Edison Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1891
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    Edison kinetoscopic record of a sneeze, January 7, 1894
    Sneeze | Fred Ott's sneeze | Ott's sneeze | Kinetoscopic record of a sneeze
    "Considered to be the first motion picture given legal status by copyright acceptance. The forty-five frames it contains were sent in for copyright as a still picture. The action consists of a man, Fred Ott, sneezing. Application for copyright was filed by William K. Laurie Dickson, Edison's assistant and supervisor of the new motion picture project. The frames were rephotographed from the still picture...
    • Contributor: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1894
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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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    Buffalo stockyards
    Buffalo stock yards
    "A long line of horses, mules and ponies are led, driven and ridden into the yards, where they are sold and distributed"--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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    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: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
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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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    Buffalo Fire Department in action "Another of those stirring fire scenes which have proved so popular. There are ten pieces of apparatus in the picture. Every piece fully manned is under full headway, and is shown almost head-on to the beholder. Several of the engines and wagons are drawn by three horses abreast. Fireman appear putting on their coats, etc., while the engines and trucks rush by. Many of...
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
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    Shooting captured insurgents "A file of Spanish soldiers line up the Cubans against a blank wall and fire a volley. The flash of rifles and drifting smoke make a very striking picture. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898