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    Latina, contortionist
    Latina, contortionist-act-with-rings
    A woman wearing a light-colored leotard, gathered at the waist, and tights stands against a black background. Although she is filmed in a long shot, her feet are cut off in the frame. She opens with a flourish of her arms and faces the camera. First stretching up with her arms, Latina then bends in half at the waist, steps into a metal ring ...
    • Contributor: Latina - Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
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    A street Arab A preadolescent boy, dressed like a street urchin, performs acrobatic stunts for the camera. From a contemporary Edison Company catalog: A STREET ARAB. Umreichen [code for telegraphic orders]. Shows one of New York's street gamins going through various acrobatic evolutions; he turns handsprings backward and forward, walks the crab, does cart wheels and other kindred feats. An exceptionally unique part of the performance is ...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Afi/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
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    Japanese acrobats An Oriental man and boy walk on a stage with a painted backdrop of a garden or park, give a slight bow to the camera as if it were an audience member, and remove their silk jackets. Both wear dark tights and leotards with light-colored slippers; the man also wears grey trunks, and the boy sports a white cloth around his middle. Lying on ...
    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
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    Luis Martinetti
    Louis Martinetti | Louis Martinetti, contortionist | Louis Martinelli
    From Raff & Gammon price list: Gymnast and contortionist, performing on flying rings. 12.50. From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A performance on flying rings.
    • Contributor: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Martinetti, Luis - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1894
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    Three jumping Tommies
    Three jumping acrobatic Tommies | Unidentified Peters No 3: Vaudeville acts
    Opening title introduces "Three jumping Tommies in their original acrobatic stunts," with "Tommies" apparently referring to the performers' British military uniform costumes of caps, shirts and ties, knickers to the knees, tights, and short boots. Cuts to a long shot of a stage with a painted backdrop of a garden with fountains. From stage right march three young men; a short boy flanked by ...
    • Contributor: Spanuth, Hans A. - Commonwealth Pictures Corporation - Afi/Peters (S.E.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1920
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    Kruger and Ward
    Unidentified Peters No 3: Vaudeville acts
    Opening title introduces "Kruger and Ward, the tall and short of it." The camera iris opens on a stage with a painted backdrop of a canyon and waterfall. Two clowns walk across the stage: a dwarf with a fake bald pate dressed in evening clothes and a top hat, and a tall, thin clown dressed as a woman. The dwarf follows the "woman" with ...
    • Contributor: Spanuth, Hans A. - Commonwealth Pictures Corporation - Kruger and Ward - Afi/Peters (S.E.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
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    Japanese village At the beginning of the film, at a distance of about one-hundred feet, is a two-story building with a balcony, some tropical plants, and a telephone pole. A young Japanese man appears directly in front of the camera. He is accompanied by two small Japanese boys attired in tight knee britches and rather loose sleeved blouses. The three of them exhibit their gymnastic powers ...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901
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    Kawana Trio
    Spanuth's vodvil - Zouary no. 159 | Zouary can no 159
    Opening title identifies the Kawana Trio as "artistic foot jugglers." The camera iris opens to reveal three Asians--two men and a woman--dressed in kimonos and looking down. They raise their heads and look at the camera, smiling, as the iris closes. Another iris effect opens to a stage with a dark background and a decorated, cushioned platform center stage. The men now wear white ...
    • Contributor: Spanuth, Hans A. - Kawana Trio - Commonwealth Pictures Corporation - Afi/Zouary (Maurice) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
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    2 a.m. in the subway
    Two a.m. in the subway
    Opens on a set of a subway platform, with two tracks on either side and stairs leading up to the exit. A policeman stretches and wearily sits on a box or crate, as a uniformed conductor awaits a train. A subway car arrives on the left side of the platform and the conductor opens the door. A well-dressed man with a cigar in his ...
    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
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    Latina, dislocation act Opens with a repeat of the last scene in "Latina, contortionist." In a medium shot from the bust up, Latina faces the camera and interlaces her fingers with her arms held out in front of her, palms towards the camera and elbows pointed out. In that position, she raises her arms over and behind her head and then down her back, dislocating her shoulders ...
    • Contributor: Latina - Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
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    The first circus
    Tony Sarg's almanac: "The first circus"
    During the stone-age the Stonehenge Circus entertained cavemen and women. The circus had a dinosaur that doubled as a trampoline and tightrope for the acrobats.
    • Contributor: Sarg, Tony - Dawley, Herbert M. - Herbert M. Dawley Productions - Rialto Productions - Afi/Uhl (Clement) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1921