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Other Title
Dickson violin
Dancing men in the Black Maria
Experimental sound film made for Edison's kinetophone -- a combination of the kinetoscope and phonograph -- but apparently never distributed. This LC copy is silent. Features two men dancing to a violinist.
Shows W. K. L. Dickson playing the violin before a large phonograph horn connected with an off-screen reader while two men dance together. Part of Dickson's sound-synchronization experiments.
Contributor Names
Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie), 1860-1935, production, cast.
D'Almaine, Charles, 1871-1943, cast.
Heise, William, camera.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Dunston (Gatewood) Collection (Library of Congress)
Edison Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Sound motion pictures--Experiments
-  Kinetophone
-  Violinists
-  Dance
-  Male dancers
Experimental films
Silent films
Short films
Nonfiction films
-  Copyright: no reg.
-  Performer: W.K.L. Dickson or Charles D'Almaine.
-  Camera, William Heise.
-  Duration: 0:21 at 30 fps.
-  LC also holds a copy of the synchronized sound version in the videodisc collection, More treasures from American film archives, 1894-1931.
-  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
-  Filmed ca. September 1894 to April 2, 1895, in Edison's Black Maria studio in West Orange, N.J.
-  This film was selected for the National Film Registry.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 178.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
1 film reel of 1 (ca. 20 sec., 43 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. viewing print.
1 film reel of 1 (ca. 20 sec., 43 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg pic.
Call Number/Physical Location
FLA 0374 (viewing print)
FPF 1290 (dupe neg pic)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
Library of Congress Control Number
Online Format
LCCN Permalink
Library of Congress Online Catalog
Additional Metadata Formats
MODS Record
Dublin Core Record

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D'Almaine, Charles, Cast, William Heise, Inc Thomas A. Edison, Dunston, and Edison Collection. [Dickson Experimental Sound Film]. [1895] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed August 27, 2016.)

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D'Almaine, C., Heise, W., Thomas A. Edison, I., Dunston & Edison Collection. (1895) [Dickson experimental sound film]. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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D'Almaine, Charles, Cast, et al. [Dickson Experimental Sound Film]. [1895] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.