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  • 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

    Latina, contortionist

    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
  • Film, Video

    Pity the blind, no. 2

    Filmed version of a popular vaudeville gag, as if from the audience of a variety theater. A boy, holding a sign under his arm, leads a man onto a stage with a painted backdrop of a city street corner. With his dark glasses and cane, the man is apparently blind. He kneels down slightly left of center stage and lays down his hat and ...

    • Contributor: Weed, A. E. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video

    Birth of the pearl / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Two women dressed in elaborately decorated leotards and white tights stand on the edges of a stage, holding closed a dark curtain. A boy places two signs that read "Birth of the Pearl" in lyre-shaped easels on either side of the stage. The women draw the curtain, revealing a painted backdrop of the ocean and a seashore setting, upon which sits a large, closed ...

    • Contributor: Armitage, F. S. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Collection

    American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920

    This collection illustrates the vibrant and diverse forms of popular entertainment, especially vaudeville, that thrived from 1870-1920. Included are 334 English- and Yiddish-language playscripts, 146 theater playbills and programs, 61 motion pictures, 10 sound recordings and 143 photographs and 29 memorabilia items documenting the life and career of Harry Houdini. Groups of theater posters and additional sound recordings will be added to this ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress. National Digital Library Program
    • Date: 1996

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  • Film, Video

    Sandow

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (24 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (24 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (24 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11June1903; H32496. Original main title lacking. K.R. Niver and the AFI catalog ...

    • Contributor: [american Mutoscope Company
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video

    Mr. Jack in the dressing room

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 29Mar1904; H44028. Original main title lacking. Duration: 0:57 at 16 fps. Materials ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video

    Chimmie Hicks at the races

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (47 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (47 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (47 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 18Apr1902; H16734. Original main title lacking. Approximate release date of Nov. 1900 ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Grapewin, Charles - Armitage, F. S. - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    Subub surprises the burglar

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (64 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (64 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 reel of 1 (64 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos. | 1 reel of 1 (64 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch pos. | 1 roll ...

    • Contributor: Edison Manufacturing Co.
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    Dance, Franchonetti Sisters

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (23 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (23 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (23 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 24Apr1903; H30723. Original main title lacking. Duration: 0:23 at 16 fps. Materials ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    Cake walk

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (24 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (24 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (24 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11May1903; H31674. Copyright information taken from K.R. Niver, Early motion pictures; not ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    Comedy cake walk

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (27 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch pos. | 1 reel of 1 (27 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch neg. | 1 reel of 1 (27 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos. | 1 roll (24 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    Betsy Ross dance

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (88 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch pos. | 1 reel of 1 (88 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch neg. | 1 reel of 1 (88 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos. | 1 roll (88 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    A nymph of the waves

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (24 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 roll (24 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 24Apr1903; H30731. Original main title lacking. Approximate release date of December 1900 from AFI cat.: film beginnings, 1893-1910, 1995. Duration: 0:24 at 16 fps. Materials listed originate ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    Ameta

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (26 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (26 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (26 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 24Apr1903; H30752. Original main title lacking. Duration: 0:26 at 16 fps. Materials ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Ameta - Armitage, F. S. - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    Happy Hooligan

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (46 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (46 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (46 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 20June1903; H33025. Original main title lacking. Duration: 0:46 at 16 fps. Materials ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    Karina

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch pos. | 1 reel of 1 (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch neg. | 1 reel of 1 (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos. | 1 roll (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1902
  • Film, Video

    The tramp's unexpected skate

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 reel of 1 (55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos. | 1 reel of 1 (55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch pos. | 1 roll ...

    • Contributor: Edison Manufacturing Co.
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video

    Stealing a dinner

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 13June1903; H32633. Original main title lacking. Duration: 0:50 at 16 fps. Materials ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    A wake in "Hell's Kitchen"

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 reel of 1 (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos. | 1 roll (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    A frontier flirtation

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (48 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (48 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (48 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 1Oct1903; H36403. Original main title lacking. Duration: 0:48 at 16 fps. Materials ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    From show girl to burlesque queen

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 12Sept1903; H35629. Original main title lacking. Duration: 1:02 at 14 fps. Materials ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    As in a looking glass

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (63 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch pos. | 1 reel of 1 (63 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch neg. | 1 reel of 1 (63 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos. | 1 roll (61 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    The serenaders

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (26 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (26 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (26 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11Nov1902; H23801. Original main title lacking. Bitzer is listed as cameraman on ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    Levi & Cohen, the Irish comedians

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 8July1903; H33281. Original main title lacking. Duration: 0:58 at 17 fps. Materials ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Bitzer, G. W. - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903