Film, Video Scene in Chinatown

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Title
Scene in Chinatown
Summary
This film was shot in an alley of San Francisco's Chinatown on Saturday, September 15, 1900, at midday. The topography of the site (sloping down to the far street), the width of the alley, the location of utility poles [Frame: 0255], and the location of buildings across the far street suggest that the view is north from Washington Street down Washington Place (today's Wentworth Street) to Jackson Street. Washington Place was known locally as Tuck Wo Gai ("Virtue and Harmony Street") and adjacent Washington Street was called Wa Sheng Dun Gai ("Waystation to Prosperity Street"). Washington Place was located in the northeast part of old Chinatown, just northwest of Portsmouth Square, around which gold rush San Francisco was built. Chinese provision stores lined the west (left) side of Washington Place, with fish and poultry stores on the east side. Three gambling houses were also located on the east side toward Jackson Street. The film features a group of white men ascending the alley [0625] before dispersing down Washington Street. Some Chinese residents are also seen. The group of men, one dressed as an inspector, may be members of the Health Department Committee on an inspection tour. A few Chinese men with characteristic queues are seen in the alley [1070] and several Chinese women in fashionable dress descend Washington Street near the end of the film.
Contributor Names
Ackerman, Raymond, camera.
American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, [1900].
Subject Headings
-  Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.)
-  City and town life--California--San Francisco
-  Chinese Americans--California--San Francisco
Genre
Actualities (Motion pictures)
Silent films
Short films
Nonfiction films
Notes
-  H30730 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 24Apr1903; H30730.
-  Camera, Raymond Ackerman.
-  Duration: 1:06 at 15 fps.
-  Photographed: September 15, 1900. Location: Chinatown, San Francisco.
-  Biograph production no. 1640.
-  Paper print shelf number (LC 0375) 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. 288; AFI catalog: film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 947; Biograph production logs.
-  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
Medium
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (22 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
viewing print (copy 2) 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
viewing print (copy 3) 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (22 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 20 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 55 ft) : b&w ; 35 mm.
paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 55 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number/Physical Location
FLA 3389 (viewing print)
FEB 9482 (viewing print)
FEB 9483 (viewing print, copy 2)
FEB 9484 (viewing print, copy 3)
FRA 0686 (dupe neg pic)
FPE 5471 (dupe neg pic)
FRB 1187 (master pos pic)
FPE 5496 (master pos pic)
Box 0127F (paper pos)
Box 5220J (paper pos, copy 2)
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/lcmp003.m3a14065
Library of Congress Control Number
00694411
Language
English
Online Format
image
video
Description
This film was shot in an alley of San Francisco's Chinatown on Saturday, September 15, 1900, at midday. The topography of the site (sloping down to the far street), the width of the alley, the location of utility poles [Frame: 0255], and the location of buildings across the far street suggest that the view is north from Washington Street down Washington Place (today's Wentworth Street) to Jackson Street. Washington Place was known locally as Tuck Wo Gai ("Virtue and Harmony Street") and adjacent Washington Street was called Wa Sheng Dun Gai ("Waystation to Prosperity Street"). Washington Place was located in the northeast part of old Chinatown, just northwest of Portsmouth Square, around which gold rush San Francisco was built. Chinese provision stores lined the west (left) side of Washington Place, with fish and poultry stores on the east side. Three gambling houses were also located on the east side toward Jackson Street. The film features a group of white men ascending the alley [0625] before dispersing down Washington Street. Some Chinese residents are also seen. The group of men, one dressed as an inspector, may be members of the Health Department Committee on an inspection tour. A few Chinese men with characteristic queues are seen in the alley [1070] and several Chinese women in fashionable dress descend Washington Street near the end of the film.
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The contents of the Library of Congress Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897 to 1916 Collection are in the public domain and are free to use and reuse.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division, Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897 to 1916 Collection.

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Ackerman, Raymond, Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, Paper Print Collection, and Niver. Scene in Chinatown. [United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1900] Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/00694411/.

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Ackerman, R., American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, Paper Print Collection & Niver. (1900) Scene in Chinatown. [United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company] [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/00694411/.

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Ackerman, Raymond, Camera, et al. Scene in Chinatown. [United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1900] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/00694411/>.

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