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    Uncle Josh at the moving picture show "Here we present a side-splitter. Uncle Josh occupies a box at a vaudeville theatre, and a moving picture show is going on. First there appears upon the screen a dancer. Uncle Josh jumps to the stage and endeavors to make love to her, but she flits away, and immediately there appears upon the screen the picture of an express train running at sixty miles...
    • Contributor: Manley, Charles - Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1902
  • Film, Video
    Star Theatre
    Star Theater
    Using time-lapse photography, the film shows the demolition of the famous Star Theatre. Judging from the various exposures, the work must have gone on for a period of approximately thirty days. The theater opened in 1861 as "Wallack's Theatre," and was re-christened the "Star" in 1883. It was well known for it's excellent productions, and a number of celebrated actors and actresses worked there,...
    • Contributor: Armitage, F. S. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1902
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    Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Palace The single camera position is from the top of a building identified as the Trocadero Palace; the camera is pointed toward the Eiffel Tower. The film shows only up to the first arch of the Eiffel Tower.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
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    New York Harbor Police boat Patrol capturing pirates
    N.Y. Harbor Police boat "Patrol" capturing pirates
    This was probably filmed in the southern part of the Upper New York Bay looking towards the Narrows, with Fort Lafayette partly visible in the far background. The subject is a simulated capture by the police gunboat "Patrol" of three "pirates" in a rowboat. Puffs of smoke appear as the gunboat fires several rounds from the bow cannon, which can be clearly seen later...
    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Smith, James Blair - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
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    Chimmie Hicks at the races
    Above the limit | Jimmy Hicks at the races
    Filming of a character sketch by the well-known vaudevillian Charles E. Grapewin. On a bare stage backed by a dark curtain, a man dressed in a three-piece suit and overcoat holds a racing program and excitedly watches a race supposedly taking place offstage. With enthusiastic jumping and other delighted pantomime, he makes it clear his horse has won the race. A second man in...
    • Contributor: Grapewin, Charles - Armitage, F. S. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
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    Carriers leaving building, U.S.P.O. [Version 1]
    Carriers leaving building, United States Post Office.
    The opening scene shows the steps of a large public building. Above the steps is a door out of which, coming toward the camera position, are approximately a hundred and fifty mail carriers of the postal service. They are in uniform and are all carrying mail bags. They continue down the steps in formation for the full length of the film.
    • Contributor: Weed, A. E. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
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    The enchanted glasses
    Verres enchanté | Masson reel. | Unidentified Masson. | Special effects reel.
    Devilish looking man dances with a dress in his arms. The dress stands up by itself and a woman magician appears in it. She conjures six women and then makes them disappear. She magically changes into men's clothing and lines up six boxes which begin to smoke and produce six women, whose clothing transforms from formal gowns to ballet dresses. The magician makes them...
    • Contributor: Chomón, Segundo De - Mathieu, Julienne - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Afi/Masson (Daniel J.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1907
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    A wake in "Hell's Kitchen"
    Wake in "Hell's Kitchen" [New York City]
    Takes place on a rather plain room set, with a single religious picture and a coat hanging from the plain, white walls. An open coffin sits in the center of the room, with its lid leaning against the back wall. An older, grey-haired woman--presumably the widow--stands holding a bunch of flowers to the left of the coffin, wailing and wiping away her tears with...
    • Contributor: Marvin, Arthur W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
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    Steam hammer, Westinghouse works
    Westinghouse works. | Westinghouse works--Paper Print Collection. Compilation reel 2
    From what appears to be a furnace, a large, glowing block is lifted with the help of a crane over to a table by a group of men. A hammer comes from above and pounds down on the block repeatedly as the men turn the block several times so that it will acquire a certain shape.
    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
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    Grandma and the bad boys
    Grandma and the bad boys, or The tables turned | Tables turned
    "The scene opens in the kitchen which is strewn with cooking utensils, indicating that grandma is busy preparing the Christmas pastry. Two bad boys of the red headed, freckled face type, enter. The mischievous expressions on their faces indicate that they have already planned a huge joke on grandma. One of the boys climbs to the kitchen table and takes down the old kitchen...
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
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    TR in New Mexico, 1916
    Theodore Roosevelt in New Mexico, 1916
    On Oct. 23, 1916, Theodore Roosevelt campaigns for Republican presidential nominee Charles Evans Hughes and assails the Wilson administration in Albuquerque, N.M. A young woman rides on horseback carrying a bouquet of flowers. There is an auto parade. Roosevelt passes by in an open touring car. Seated next to him is a man who appears to be Albert B. Fall, one of New Mexico's...
    • Contributor: Pathé Exchange - Roosevelt Memorial Association - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress) - Roosevelt, Theodore - Fall, Albert (Albert Bacon) - Curry, George
    • Date: 1916
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    Mabel and Fatty viewing the World's Fair at San Francisco, Cal.
    Mabel and Fatty at the World's Fair | Frisco story
    The 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition was San Francisco's second fair (following the 1894 Mid-Winter Fair) and her first major exposition. The 1915 fair celebrated both the opening of the newly-completed Panama Canal -- a triumph of Franco-American engineering -- and the newly-rebuilt San Francisco, vital and vigorous after recovering from the 1906 earthquake and fire. The fair opened on February 20, 1915, and closed December...
    • Contributor: Sennett, Mack - Normand, Mabel - Arbuckle, Roscoe - Keystone Film Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Mutual Film Company - Blackhawk Films - Afi/Meggers (William F.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1915
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    Chicago-Michigan football game Excerpts of a 1903 football game between the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan. Includes views of the uniformed players, the spectators in the stadium and surrounding stands, and the game itself.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
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    Shooting the Chutes, Luna Park, Coney Island
    Shooting the Chutes, Luna Park
    "The camera was positioned to view the Shoot-the-Chutes concession from the best location. A special added attraction for the entertainment of the spectators is a man in a swimming suit who rides down the Shoot-the-Chutes on one ski"--Early motion pictures.
    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
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    Peace envoys at Portsmouth, N.H.
    Peace envoys at Portsmouth, New Hampshire | Japanese-Russian peace envoys
    The Japanese and Russian peace envoys arrive and depart in automobiles, horse-drawn vehicles, or steam yachts, with arbitration groups from the United States. Neutral areas are designated for the conference, the docks, and the buildings in which the conference is held, as well as the parade in the streets.
    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
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    Princeton and Yale football game
    Yale-Princeton football game
    The camera was moved to many positions throughout the stadium, which contained an estimated 50,000 spectators. The opening scene was a complete pan around the locale, showing the crowd assembled to watch the game. The remaining scenes were photographed from various positions throughout the football field, showing the game in progress. There is line play shown as well as broken-field running.
    • Contributor: Abadie, Alfred C. (Alfred Camille) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
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    White Wings on review "A fine picture of the celebrated "White Wings" or street- cleaning department of one district of Greater New York, showing over 350 men in line, and over 100 carts that are used to carry the refuse away to the dumping wharf, marching through the streets of New York. Code word Urachness. Length 225 feet"--Edison films catalog.
    • Contributor: Smith, James Blair - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
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    Children in the surf, Coney Island Seven small children can be seen from the low angle camera position; the camera is pointed out to sea. The children are holding hands and wading in the surf. Beyond them can be seen three adults. At the end of the film, there is only one child in a white bathing costume holding a sailboat. Beyond the child toward the ocean is a large...
    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
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    La poule aux œufs d'or. Le châtiment de l'avare apothéose
    Châtiment de l'avare apothéose | Hen with the golden eggs. | Miser's punishment | Hen that laid the golden eggs. | Hen and golden eggs. | Dance film | Unidentified Pathe 1905 film. | Petit Jules Verne
    Beset by remorse, a man is about to slaughter a hen when the devil appears. When he takes his knife to the hen, an egg appears. It turns into a witch, casting a spell which causes the man to wake surrounded by giant hens laying giant eggs big enough for women to emerge from. Some of the women dance. The devil appears inset in...
    • Contributor: Velle, Gaston - Chomón, Segundo De - Mathieu, Julienne - La Fontaine, Jean De - Pathé Frères (France) - Afi/Vermont Historical Society Collection (Library of Congress) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - S. Lubin (Firm : Philadelphia, Pa.) - Afi/Baker (Glenn L.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
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    TR reviewing and speaking to 13th Regiment at Sagamore Hill, 1917
    Theodore Roosevelt reviewing and speaking to 13th Regiment at Sagamore Hill, 1917
    TR speaks to several unidentified people, including a man who looks like TR, on the porch at Sagamore Hill. There are two views of TR addressing soldiers assembled on the lawn of Sagamore Hill: the first segment shows TR's back as he speaks; the second is a long shot of TR, shot from the rear of the group of soldiers.
    • Contributor: Roosevelt, Theodore - Warner Bros - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress) - Roosevelt Memorial Association - Warner Bros. Pictures
    • Date: 1917
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    The tramp's unexpected skate On a stage with a painted backdrop of a terrace overlooking a park, a man identified as a tramp by his ragged costume and beard lies asleep against a potted palm tree. Two boys enter from screen right, each rolling on one skate. They see the sleeping tramp, communicate to each other through gestures the gag they have in mind, and bend down to...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901
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    Dance, Franchonetti Sisters
    Dance, Franchenette Sisters
    Three young women with dark, curly hair stand on a stage with a black background and patterned carpet or tile underfoot. They wear tights, ballet shoes, and frilly dresses to the knee with multiple petticoats and ruffled drawers. They begin by raising their right legs up by their heads, and then perform a dance with a variety of kicks and leg movements, their hands...
    • Contributor: Franchonetti Sisters - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
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    Buster and the dude
    Buster Brown series: Buster Brown and the dude | Buster Brown series, scene II
    "Shows a millinery store in the shopping district, and Mrs. Brown with a lady friend, admiring the hats displayed in the window. Buster and Tige are standing in the foreground. A howling swell, leading a small dog bedecked with ribbons, recognizes Mrs. Brown and stops to chat. Buster becomes impatient, tugs at his mamma's dress, and endeavors to hurry her; but the dude waves...
    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Outcault, Richard Felton - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
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    Wagons loading mail, U.S.P.O.
    Wagons loading mail, United States Post Office
    "The photographer placed his camera to encompass as much of the loading ramp of a mail delivery building as possible. As the film begins, several horse-drawn postal transportation vehicles are backed up to the ramp. At the end of the film, a postal delivery wagon pulled by one horse enters the scene and is backed against the ramp"--Early motion pictures.
    • Contributor: Weed, A. E. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
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    Fireboat "New Yorker" in action
    Fireboat "New Yorker" in action--excerpts
    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