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Film, Video Panorama of Riker's Island, N.Y.

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Title

  • Panorama of Riker's Island, N.Y.

Summary

  • The film was photographed from a boat going around Riker's Island. Located on the East River north of Hell Gate between the Bronx and Queens, Riker's Island was the site of a massive, controversial New York City landfill operation at the time of the filming. Includes scenes of heavy equipment at work, including pile drivers constructing the seawall and steam shovels unloading rubbish from barges. On one of the steam shovels, a sign reading "Water Front Improvement Co., 220 Broadway, New York" can be distinguished [Frame: 3502]. Near the end of the film, a narrow-gauge steam engine with five open cars loaded with landfill, comes into view [3826].

Names

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

Created / Published

  • United States : Thomas A. Edison, Inc., 1903.

Headings

  • -  Rikers Island (N.Y.)
  • -  Fills (Earthwork)--New York (State)--New York
  • -  Waste disposal sites--New York (State)--New York
  • -  Construction equipment--New York (State)--New York

Genre

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

Notes

  • -  H32031 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32031.
  • -  Camera, Edwin S. Porter.
  • -  Duration: 2:15 at 15 fps.
  • -  Photographed May 9, 1903. Location: East River, New York, N.Y.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 1767) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 239; American Film Institute catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 784; New York times, August 27, 1902, p. 8, viewed online via ProQuest Historical Newspapers, February 17, 2017: "The Filling at Rikers Island"; New York times, August 12, 1903, p. 2, viewed online via ProQuest Historical Newspapers, February 17, 2017: "Fight on Rikers Island: Astoria Residents to Appeal to State Board of Health."
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
  • -  35 mm dupe neg pic renumbered: FPE 5405 to FZA 2345.

Medium

  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 130 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 130 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 60 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (130 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 130 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 4781 (viewing print)
  • FEB 9370 (viewing print)
  • FRA 1790 (dupe neg pic)
  • FZA 2345 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 0877 (master pos pic)
  • Box 0071A (paper pos)
  • Box 5147D (paper pos, copy 2)

Repository

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

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00694387

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Porter, Edwin S., Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, Paper Print Collection, and Niver. Panorama of Riker's Island, N.Y. United States: Thomas A. Edison, Inc, 1903. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/00694387/.

APA citation style:

Porter, E. S., Thomas A. Edison, I., Paper Print Collection & Niver. (1903) Panorama of Riker's Island, N.Y. United States: Thomas A. Edison, Inc. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/00694387/.

MLA citation style:

Porter, Edwin S., Camera, et al. Panorama of Riker's Island, N.Y. United States: Thomas A. Edison, Inc, 1903. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/00694387/>.