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Film, Video Down the old Potomac

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  • Down the old Potomac


  • Follows a week-long, 180-mile trip on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal through the Potomac Valley from Cumberland, Md., to Washington, D.C. Includes scenes of the locks in operation; a mile-long, hand-dug tunnel which was built in 1840; coal barges plying the canal; Maryland farming country; Harper's Ferry; and Great Falls.


  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
  • Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1917.


  • -  Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (Md. and Washington, D.C.)
  • -  Paw Paw Tunnel (Md.)
  • -  Maryland--Description and travel
  • -  Washington (D.C.)--Description and travel
  • -  Potomac River Valley
  • -  Harpers Ferry (W. Va.)
  • -  Great Falls of the Potomac (Md. and Va.)
  • -  Locks (Hydraulic engineering)


  • Travelogues (Motion pictures)
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  Copyright notice on film: Thomas A. Edison, Inc. ; 1917.
  • -  Duration: approximately 11 min. at 16 fps.
  • -  Filmed in along the Chespeake and Ohio Canal in Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
  • -  A Conquest Picture.
  • -  Originally intended for inclusion in the Conquest program series, but never released as a part of the series.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1912-1939; George Kleine Collection...catalog, p. 31.
  • -  Collection purchased from Kleine estate March 27, 1947. 35 mm. nitrate film destroyed.
  • -  The George Kleine Collection of early motion pictures in the Library of Congress : a catalog / prepared by Rita Horwitz and Harriet Harrison with the assistance of Wendy White. Library of Congress, 1980.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 276 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print (copy 2) 1 film reel of 1 (276 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (276 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • non-viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (276 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 1477 (viewing print)
  • FLA 1941 (viewing print, copy 2)
  • FRA 3810 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRA 3811 (non-viewing print)


  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00694119

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Thomas A. Edison, Inc, and Kleine. Down the old Potomac. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1917. Video.

APA citation style:

Thomas A. Edison, I. & Kleine. (1917) Down the old Potomac. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Thomas A. Edison, Inc, and Kleine. Down the old Potomac. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1917. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.