Film, Video Opening of new East River bridge, New York Opening new East River bridge, New York

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Title
Opening of new East River bridge, New York
Other Title
Opening new East River bridge, New York
Summary
The first view is from the roadway of the Williamsburg Bridge on the day of the opening. Close-ups of the parading dignitaries and members of the press are seen. Mayor Seth Low is second from the left in the row of four men in top hats (James B. Reynolds, his personal secretary is on Low's right, and Manhattan Borough president, Jacob Cantor, is on his left) following a standard bearer in a bowler hat. From another camera position, taken over the heads of the crowd, buildings around the waterfront are seen. The mayor and other dignitaries, led by the standard bearer again pass the camera. The banner reads "MAYOR." Next, a covered platform, draped in flag bunting is shown, where the people previously seen have gone to begin the ceremonies. There is a brass band playing in front of the platform. Next, an unidentified speaker, probably Mayor Seth Low, can be seen addressing the crowd.
Contributor Names
Smith, James Blair, camera.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : Thomas A. Edison, Inc., 1903.
Subject Headings
-  Williamsburg Bridge (New York, N.Y.)
-  Political customs and rites--New York (State)--New York
-  Crowds--New York (State)--New York
-  Low, Seth,--1850-1916
-  Reynolds, James Bronson,--1861-1924
-  Cantor, Jacob A.--(Jacob Aaron),--1854-1921
-  East River (N.Y.)
Genre
Filmed parades
Actualities (Motion pictures)
Silent films
Short films
Nonfiction films
Notes
-  H40151 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 28Dec1903; H40151.
-  Camera, James Blair Smith.
-  Duration: 2:28 at 15 fps.
-  Photographed December 19, 1903. Location: New York, N.Y.
-  Many dignitaries appearing in the procession are identified in New York times article, "New bridge in a glory of fire", December 20, 1903.
-  Paper print shelf number (LC 2112) 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. 232; AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 763; Edison films catalog, no. 288, July, 1906, p. 103; New York times, December 20, 1903, p. 4, viewed October 2, 2019 via ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
-  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
-  paper pos Received: 1903-12-28; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
-  35 mm dupe neg pic renumbered: FPE 5549 to FZA 2342.
-  Paper print roll lacking suffix.
Medium
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (86 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 200 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (86 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 200 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 85 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 200 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 200 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number/Physical Location
FLA 5126 (viewing print)
FEB 9844 (viewing print)
FRA 2078 (dupe neg pic)
FZA 2342 (dupe neg pic)
FRB 0776 (master pos pic)
Box 0939 (paper pos)
Box 5690 (paper pos, copy 2)
Source Collection
Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
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.m2b27839
Library of Congress Control Number
00694396
Language
English
Online Format
image
video
Description
The first view is from the roadway of the Williamsburg Bridge on the day of the opening. Close-ups of the parading dignitaries and members of the press are seen. Mayor Seth Low is second from the left in the row of four men in top hats (James B. Reynolds, his personal secretary is on Low's right, and Manhattan Borough president, Jacob Cantor, is on his left) following a standard bearer in a bowler hat. From another camera position, taken over the heads of the crowd, buildings around the waterfront are seen. The mayor and other dignitaries, led by the standard bearer again pass the camera. The banner reads "MAYOR." Next, a covered platform, draped in flag bunting is shown, where the people previously seen have gone to begin the ceremonies. There is a brass band playing in front of the platform. Next, an unidentified speaker, probably Mayor Seth Low, can be seen addressing the crowd.
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/00694396
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Smith, James Blair, Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. Opening of new East River bridge, New York. United States: Thomas A. Edison, Inc, 1903. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/00694396/.

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Smith, J. B., Thomas A. Edison, I. & Paper Print Collection. (1903) Opening of new East River bridge, New York. United States: Thomas A. Edison, Inc. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/00694396/.

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Smith, James Blair, Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. Opening of new East River bridge, New York. United States: Thomas A. Edison, Inc, 1903. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/00694396/>.

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