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Film, Video The morning alarm Harrisburg fire run

About this Item


  • The morning alarm

Other Title

  • Harrisburg fire run


  • "Shows chief in his buggy, followed by fire engines, hose carts, hook and ladder, insurance patrol and a chemical engine. Horses snorting, plunging and galloping at full speed, directly toward the screen. The finiest fire engine scene ever taken"--Edison films catalog no. 105.


  • White, James H. (James Henry), production.
  • Heise, William, camera.
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1896.


  • -  Harrisburg Bureau of Fire (Harrisburg, Pa.)
  • -  Fire engines--Pennsylvania--Harrisburg
  • -  Horse-drawn vehicles--Pennsylvania--Harrisburg
  • -  Fire chiefs--Pennsylvania--Harrisburg


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


  • -  Camera, William Heise.
  • -  Duration: 0:51 at 30 fps.
  • -  Previously misidentifed as another Edison film, A morning alarm, filmed November 14, 1896 in Newark, New Jersey.
  • -  Filmed December 25, 1896 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Sources used: Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 271; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 54- 55 viewed May 4, 2021 via the New Jersey Digital Highway WWW site.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (96 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FEC 8102 (viewing print)

Source Collection

  • Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)


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

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00694248

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Heise, William, Camera, and Inc Thomas A. Edison. The Morning Alarm. produceds by White, James H. Uction United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1896. Video.

APA citation style:

Heise, W. & Thomas A. Edison, I. (1896) The Morning Alarm. White, J. H. U., prod United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Heise, William, Camera, and Inc Thomas A. Edison. The Morning Alarm. prod by White, James H. Uction United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1896. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.