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  • Film, Video

    The good sport /

    A domestic comedy about a wealthy young woman whose poor inventor husband becomes rich when he perfects the first elevator that ever stopped even without a floor.

    • Contributor: Eaton, Jack - Flagg, James Montgomery - Fair, Florence - Brown, Arthur William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - George Kleine (firm) - Kleine (george) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1918
  • Film, Video

    [Buster and Tige put a balloon vendor out of business] /

    "Shows an Italian balloon vender near the "Flat-iron" Building, New York City. Mrs. Brown and Buster appear on the scene. Buster begins teasing his mamma to buy him a balloon, but she refuses. Buster whistles for Tige, and at the same time jostles the vender, who roughly brushes him aside. Seeing a chance to get a balloon for nothing, Buster sets Tige upon the ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Outcault, Richard Felton - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video

    The gay shoe clerk /

    From Edison films catalog: Scene shows interior of shoe-store. Young lady and chaperone enter. While a fresh young clerk is trying a pair of high-heeled slippers on the young lady, the chaperone seats herself and gets interested in a paper. The scene changes to a very close view, showing only the lady's foot and the clerk's hands tying the slipper. As her dress is ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • 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

    Sham battle at the Pan-American Exposition /

    Large arches and columns are seen surrounding a flat field. In the foreground of the field, some American Indians on horseback ride toward the camera. The Indians are wearing feathers, war paint, and are carrying frontier rifles across the bare backs of their horses. In the middle of this flat area, men dressed as U.S. Army troops in battle regalia are lined up in ...

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

    Interrupted lovers /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Another instance where "the course of true love never runs smooth." From Edison films catalog: The watchful father disturbs a dream of bliss, and the bucolic lover is taught a lesson. He made a great hit. 140 feet. $21.00.

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (gordon) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
  • 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

    The messenger boy's mistake /

    From Edison films catalog: "Cholly" wishes to call on his best girl and send her a large bouquet. To find out if the girl really loves him, he sends a note with the messenger boy requesting her to "wear this" if she does. The boy delivers the note and a package which the young lady opens and finds an old pair of trousers and ...

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

    Glenroy Bros.

    From Raff & Gammon price list: Farcical pugilists in costume. 15.00.

    • Contributor: Dickson, W. K.-L. (william Kennedy-Laurie) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Glenroy Brothers - Hendricks (gordon) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1894
  • Film, Video

    A morning bath /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogues (summary edited to remove offensive words): This scene presents a[n]... African mother in the act of giving her struggling [child] a bath in a tub of suds. This is a clear and distinct picture in which the contrast between the complexion of the bather and the white soapsuds is strongly marked. A very amusing and popular subject. From Edison ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (gordon) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video

    Trick bears /

    77519 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 27Nov1899; 77519. Duration: 1:49 at 16 fps. Filmed ca. June to September 1899, probably in Orange, New Jersey. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 526; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.

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

    The Astor tramp /

    From Edison films catalog, no. 105: A side-splitting subject, showing the mistaken tramp's arrival at the famous New York hotel, the Waldorf-Astoria. The tramp inquires as to changing his nationality and asks also as to the results of this prospective change. The music and words accompanying are explanatory and can be either sung or spoken. The tramp calls to ask Waldorf's opinion as to ...

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

    Dancing boxing match, Montgomery and Stone

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (4 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch pos. | 1 reel of 1 (4 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch neg. | 1 reel of 1 (4 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos. | 1 roll (4 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: The Winthrop Moving ...

    • Contributor: [winthrop Moving Picture Co.]
    • Date: 1907
  • Film, Video

    The extra turn

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (88 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (88 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 reel of 1 (88 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos. | 1 reel of 1 (88 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch pos. | 1 roll ...

    • Contributor: Edison Manufacturing Co.
    • 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

    Keeping up with the Joneses. [Men's styles] /

    A domestic comedy about the McGinis family--husband Aloysius, wife Clarice, daughter Julie, and housemaid Belladonna. The simple story lines often parody society's concern with material goods as an indicator of social standing, but the series was not as narrowly focused as the title implies. The Joneses were the McGinis's neighbors, but were not depicted. They were referred to as objects of envy, with whom ...

    • Contributor: Palmer, H. S. (harry S.) - Momand, Arthur R. - Gaumont Co. - Mutual Film Corporation - Afi/Zouary (maurice) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1915
  • Film, Video

    The voice of the violin /

    Copyright: no reg. Duration: 3:56 (part 1), 3:06 (part 2), 3:54 (part 3), 3:58 (part 4), and 4:51 (part 5) at 18 fps. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files. Source used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1912-1939.

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Edison Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1915
  • Film, Video

    Execution of Czolgosz, with panorama of Auburn Prison /

    The film begins by showing railroad cars in the foreground with the overshadowing walls of a state prison in the background. The second camera position, from a higher elevation, pans slowly showing the yard interior of the prison and some of the large buildings. There is a dissolve from the exterior to the interior, a set of a stone wall with an iron barred ...

    • Contributor: McKinley, William - Czolgosz, Leon F. - Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video

    An animated luncheon /

    From Edison films catalog: The scene takes place in a fashionable cafe. A well dressed couple enter and after a careful perusal of the menu, conclude on an order of boiled eggs and Welsh rarebit. The obliging waiter delivers the order. The guests break open the eggs, and two beautiful white chickens fly across the room. The diners then perform a similar trick with ...

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

    Foxy Grandpa and Polly in a little hilarity

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (30 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch pos. | 1 reel of 1 (30 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch neg. | 1 reel of 1 (30 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos. | 1 roll (30 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Hart, Joseph - Demar, Carrie - Bonine, R. (robert K.) - Brady, William A. - Bunny - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1902
  • Film, Video

    Trapeze disrobing act

    motion picture | 1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 1 min.) : si., b&w ; 3/4 in. viewing copy. | 1 reel of 1 (121 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (121 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (ca. 96 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: ...

    • Contributor: Edison Manufacturing Co. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Afi/Holt (h.l.) Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video

    Naval sham battle at Newport /

    From Edison films catalog: Showing the attacking forces drawn up in line of battle. They immediately commence firing on the shore batteries. The batteries return the fire with telling effect, but are at last silenced by the overwhelming forces of the enemy. In the distance can be seen the ruins of a bridge destroyed by the invading forces. The smoke thickens as the firing ...

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

    Grandma and the bad boys /

    From Edison films catalog: 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 ...

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

    Pity the blind, no. 2

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (52 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (52 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (51 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 2Feb1904; H41755. Original main title lacking. Duration: 0:51 at 16 fps. Materials ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1904