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  • Film, Video

    Burning of the Standard Oil Co's tanks, Bayonne, N.J. /

    From Edison films catalog: This picture shows a street scene at Constable Hook, Bayonne, N.J. In the background rise immense volumes of dense black smoke from the burning oil, reaching high in the heavens. Outlined against this dense oil smoke is seen some of a lighter color. This is from the fire engines and from the houses of the unfortunate residents, whom we see ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    Fireboat "New Yorker" in action /

    A demonstration by the famous fireboat "New Yorker." The picture shows the fireboat with all its nozzles spurting water as it goes back and forth in front of the camera. Put in service on February 1, 1891 as Engine Company 57, the "New Yorker" was stationed at the Battery near Castle Garden, where her crew lived aboard. She was 125 feet long, 25 feet ...

    • Contributor: Smith, James Blair - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    Observation train following parade /

    From The Phonoscope, October 1898, p. 15: There were two freight trains standing on the tracks between the river and the Riverside Park, and they furnished a perfect impromptu observation train service to the men and boys who clambered up on the cars to get a view of the [Sampson homecoming naval] parade. They saw the vessels go up and then waited for their ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    "Columbia" winning the Cup /

    "The decisive moment in the great International Yacht Races is shown in this picture. Against a background of well defined clouds, the Light Boat is seen marking the finishing line in this great aquatic struggle. As the Columbia crosses the line, followed closely by the Shamrock, we see the steam from the whistle of the Light Ship announcing the well earned victory of the ...

    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. (albert Edward) - American Vitagraph Company - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E.
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    Sky scrapers of New York City, from the North River /

    Filmed from a moving boat, the film depicts the Hudson River (i.e., North River) shoreline and the piers of lower Manhattan beginning around Fulton Street and extending to Castle Garden and Battery Park. It begins at one of the American Line piers (Pier 14 or 15, opposite Fulton Street) where an American Line steamer, either the "New York" or "Paris," is seen docked [Frame: ...

    • Contributor: Smith, James Blair - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • 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: 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
  • Film, Video

    Bathing at Atlantic City /

    The film shows the bathing beach at Atlantic City, New Jersey. The camera position was from a tower or some platform high over the heads of the people on the sand adjoining the water. The camera pans approximately 180 degrees, taking in hundreds of people sitting on the sand between the boardwalk and the ocean, part of the boardwalk, and a great deal of ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video

    Boat race /

    Two standard U.S. Navy eight-oar pulling boats, each commanded by a coxswain at the steering position in the stern, are seen abeam of one another. At a signal, both pulling boats begin moving and it can be seen that the camera was positioned on a vessel following the two competing pulling boats. The camera stays with the two boats until their destination is disclosed ...

    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - McCutcheon, Wallace - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video

    Fireboat "New Yorker" answering an alarm /

    "Firemen board the fireboat New Yorker docked at the Battery, New York City; pull anchor; shove off; and proceed out into the harbor"--George Kleine Collection...catalog.

    • Contributor: Smith, James Blair - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Kleine (george) Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    Close view of the "Brooklyn," naval parade

    Commodore Winfield Scott Schley's flagship, "Brooklyn" is seen at close range, showing shot hole in the middle of funnel, near deck. She flies a frayed and tattered battle flag. The entire length of the ship is seen.

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. (albert Edward) - American Vitagraph Company - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E.
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    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

    Reviewing the "Texas" at Grant's Tomb

    "Shows every detail of the "Texas" as she passes Riverside Park. The background shows the white dome of the tomb on the hill crest"--Edison films catalog.

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. (albert Edward) - American Vitagraph Company - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E.
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    Statue of Liberty /

    A three-quarter front view of the Statue of Liberty. The statue was erected twelve years earlier, in 1886.

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - White, James H. (james Henry) - Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. (albert Edward) - American Vitagraph Company - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    Dancing darkey boy / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    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: Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video

    Pilot boats in New York harbor /

    A New York harbor pilot boat passes close enough for four members of the crew to be seen [Frame: 0471]. Following the sailing vessel is a steamship [0780]. From a contemporary Edison Company catalog: PILOT BOATS IN NEW YORK HARBOR. Unboys [code for telegraphic orders]. A close view of an eighty footer, schooner rigged, trim as a private yacht, skimming over the waters of ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - White, James
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    Philadelphia Express, Jersey Central Railway /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: 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.

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video

    Capture of Boer battery by British /

    "Nothing can exceed the stubborn resistance shown by the Gordon Highlanders, as we see them steadily advancing in the face of a murderous fire of the Boers, who are making their guns speak with rapid volleys. One by one the gunners fall beside their guns, and as the smoke clears for an instant the Highlanders are seen gaining nearer and nearer the disputed ground. ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    [Easter Sunday, Atlantic City boardwalk] /

    Crowds of people in their Easter finery parade on the boardwalk near Green's Hotel, and near a pier in Atlantic City. Some people ride in stroller chairs, one man pushes a baby carriage, and the ladies hold their hats to keep them from being blown off in the wind.

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (george) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video

    U.S. battleship "Oregon" /

    "This picture of the pride of the United States Navy was made on the occasion of the Peace Jubilee in New York City, and was taken from a tug passing the warship on its way up the North River. The entire crew are on deck, and a beautiful view of this wonderful craft is afforded"--Biograph picture catalogue. Views on the starboard side of the ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (library of Congress) - American Mutoscope Company
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    Capture of Boer battery /

    "By the Gordon Highlanders. In the foreground are two Creusot guns, manned by the Dutch burghers. Smoke effects are due. The Highlanders are seen in the distance, approaching rapidly, easily distinguished by their kilts and bare legs. They sweep all before them, leaving the guns smoking and deserted as they pursue the flying Boers"--New York clipper.

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    The Selig-tribune. Catalog Record Only

    In Sacramento, Governor Johnson drives the first stake for California's new $10,000,000 canal. The Southern Commercial Congress opens with a parade of the National Guard, sailors and cadets in Norfolk, Virginia. Congressman Adamson of Georgia, Sen. Fernald of Maine and Sen. Jim Watson of Indiana pose in front of congressional office buildings in Washington, D.C. In New York City, "Open Window" and "Walk to ...

    • Date: 1916
  • Film, Video

    Screen snapshots. Catalog Record Only

    A movie fan magazine provides glimpses of stars behind the scenes and at play. Rudolph Valentino acts as make-up assistant for Agnes Ayres before they shoot a scene of The sheik. Francis X. Bushman, his wife Beverly Bayne and son Richard relax on the boardwalk and beach at Atlantic City. Stars strut their dogs' stuff at a dog show in Los Angeles. As Fannie ...

    • Date: 1921
  • Film, Video

    Single harness horses / Catalog Record Only

    "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

    The bandit question / Catalog Record Only

    The country is overwhelmed with crime. The answer of Irvington, New Jersey is the bullet-proof bandit chaser, which no ordinary bullet can penetrate. The car was designed by Leonard Setaro, director of public safety and originator of bullet-proof vehicles. His car is equipped with a first-aid kit and fire extinguisher. There are openings in the armor for guns to be fired from the interior ...

    • Date: 1925
  • Film, Video

    U.S. battleship "Oregon" / Catalog Record Only

    "The camera position was a boat. The outline of the U.S. battleship Oregon can be seen as she proceeds up river under her own power. Her crew is at "quarters" and several unidentified naval vessels are in full reception dress (bunting and signal flags in the rigging). Several times during the course of the film, portions of the battleship are obscured by passenger-laden excursion ...

    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. (albert Edward) - White, James H. (james Henry) - American Vitagraph Company - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898