Film, Video Opening the Williamsburg Bridge Opening the Williamsburg Bridge [New York City]

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Title
Opening the Williamsburg Bridge
Other Title
Opening the Williamsburg Bridge [New York City]
Summary
The film was shot on the roadway of the newly constructed Williamsburg Bridge. The first people to come into view are press photographers carrying large wooden "box" cameras [Frame: 0690]. Next, a parade of dignitaries and military representatives, accompanied by members of the press [1310], is photographed passing the camera position led by a standard bearer whose banner reads "MAYOR" [0902]. The mayor of New York was Seth Low, a lame-duck at the time of filming, having been defeated in November, 1903 by George B. McClellan. The Williamsburg Bridge, a combined cantilever and suspension bridge, crosses the East River from Delancey and Clinton Streets, Manhattan, to Roebling and S. 5th Streets, Williamsburg. Built at a cost of twelve million dollars, it held two lanes of roadway, two "L" tracks, four trolley tracks, and two promenades. It was the largest suspension bridge in the world at the time.
Contributor Names
Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera.
American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1904.
Subject Headings
-  Williamsburg Bridge (New York, N.Y.)
-  Bridges--New York (State)--New York
-  Parades--New York (State)--New York
-  Photojournalists--New York (State)--New York
-  Press--New York (State)--New York
-  East River (N.Y.)
Genre
Actualities (Motion pictures)
Short films
Nonfiction films
Notes
-  H42039 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11Feb1904; H42039.
-  Duration: 0:55 at 15 fps.
-  Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer.
-  Photographed December 19, 1903. Location: East River, New York, N.Y.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  paper pos; Received: 2/11/04; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
-  arch neg; Received: 1989/90 from UCLA; preservation Paper Print Collection.
-  ref print and dupe neg; Received: 1991 from LC lab; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
Medium
paper pos. 1 roll (95 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number/Physical Location
LC 346 (paper pos)
FEB 9841 (ref print)
FPE 5539 (dupe neg)
FPE 5627 (arch neg)
Repository
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/lcmp002.m2b06704
Library of Congress Control Number
00694395
Online Format
image
video
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/00694395
Library of Congress Online Catalog
https://catalog.loc.gov/vwebv/search?searchCode=STNO&searchArg=00694395&searchType=1&recCount=10
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Bitzer, G. W., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. Opening the Williamsburg Bridge. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1904. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/00694395/. (Accessed December 03, 2016.)

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Bitzer, G. W., American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1904) Opening the Williamsburg Bridge. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/00694395/.

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Bitzer, G. W., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. Opening the Williamsburg Bridge. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1904. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/00694395/>.