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Film, Video Trick bears

Digital viewing copy

About this Item


  • Trick bears


  • "As the film opens, several large bears are performing and, as it continues, they can be seen sitting in chairs, standing on their hind legs, carrying broomsticks as swords or rifles, marching unison, and wearing hats, scarves, and coats. There are several men visible in the picture, urging the bears to continue with the act"--Early motion pictures.


  • White, James H. (James Henry), production
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1899.


  • -  Bears--Humor
  • -  Animal training--Humor
  • -  Captive wild animals--Humor


  • Comedy films
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  77519 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 27Nov1899; 77519.
  • -  Duration: 1:49 at 16 fps.
  • -  According to Editon motion pictures 1890-1900, this film was made at around the same time as Fun in camp, however, it cannot be determined from the content of the film whether or not the location is a military camp, or the men are soldiers.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 0035) 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. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 526; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 335; AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 1094.
  • -  Filmed between June to September 1899, probably in Orange, New Jersey.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  paper pos Received: 1899-11-27; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
  • -  Paper print roll lacking suffix.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 100 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 100 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 100 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 100 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 3049 (viewing print)
  • FEC 2844 (viewing print)
  • FRA 0341 (dupe neg pic)
  • FPE 9650 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 1214 (master pos pic)
  • Box 0723 (paper pos)
  • Box 5535J (paper pos, copy 2)

Source Collection

  • Niver (Kemp) 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

  • 00694321

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Thomas A. Edison, Inc, and Paper Print Collection. Trick Bears. produceds by White, James H. Uction United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1899. Video.

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Thomas A. Edison, I. & Paper Print Collection. (1899) Trick Bears. White, J. H. U., prod United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Thomas A. Edison, Inc, and Paper Print Collection. Trick Bears. prod by White, James H. Uction United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1899. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.