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Film, Video Street car chivalry

Digital viewing copy

About this Item


  • Street car chivalry


  • "Scene shows interior of crowded street-car. A young lady enters and every man in the car offers her his seat. Presently an elderly stout lady with arm full of bundles enters. All male passengers immediately bury their faces in their papers, while the lady swings on the strap. A sudden jerk of the car lands her in the lap of a dude, much to the amusement of the other passengers. She pulls herself together, only to be thrown sprawling on the dude again. This time she mashes his high hat. The dude rises and leaves the car, and the old lady gathers up her bundles and sits down with a satisfied smile. Length: 65 feet"--Edison films catalog.


  • Porter, Edwin S., camera
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1903.


  • -  Chivalry--Humor
  • -  Courtesy--Humor
  • -  Falls (Accidents)--Humor
  • -  Cable cars (Streetcars)--Humor


  • Comedy films
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films


  • -  H34327 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 8Aug1903; H34327.
  • -  Duration: 1:05 at 16 fps.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 0320) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Before the nickelodeon, p. 245; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 313-314; Edison films catalog, no. 185, October supplement 1903, p. 19 [MI]; American Film Institute catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 1025.
  • -  Cameraman, Edwin S. Porter.
  • -  Photographed on July 29, 1903 in New York City.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (27 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 65 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (27 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 65 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 30 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 65 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 65 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 3334 (viewing print)
  • FEB 9363 (viewing print)
  • FRA 0645 (dupe neg pic)
  • FPE 5403 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 0376 (master pos pic)
  • Box 0833E (paper pos)
  • Box 5572H (paper pos, copy 2)


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

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00694310

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Porter, Edwin S., Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, Paper Print Collection, and Niver. Street Car Chivalry. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1903. Video.

APA citation style:

Porter, E. S., Thomas A. Edison, I., Paper Print Collection & Niver. (1903) Street Car Chivalry. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Porter, Edwin S., Camera, et al. Street Car Chivalry. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1903. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.