Film, Video San Francisco disaster San Francisco

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Title
San Francisco disaster
Other Title
San Francisco
Summary
This film shows the partial burning of a small-scale model of downtown San Francisco in an early attempt at simulating the 1906 disaster. The model is seen in aerial view from above the South-of-Market district, looking northwest toward Market Street and the downtown area. Russian Hill (left) and Telegraph Hill (right) are shown in a painted background. The Call Building at 3rd and Market streets is modelled at left center, and the Ferry Building (Market and East streets) is shown at right. Market Street and downtown have been greatly shortened between the two enlarged model building. In reality, the location of the initial fires was more widely scattered than is shown, with many more blazes beginning out of view, at left, and a few more north of the Ferry Building. Note the heavy puffs of smoke wafted in from the left, both to give the impression of a rapidly spreading conflagration and to put out the flames for the final "smoking ruins" view. In fact, every part of the city shown (except a few small pockets) burned over a three day period.
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, 1906.
Subject Headings
-  San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906
-  Fires--California--San Francisco
Genre
Novelty films
Silent films
Short films
Nonfiction films
Notes
-  H77924 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 19May1906; H77924.
-  Camera, G.W. Bitzer.
-  Duration: 2:42 at 15 fps.
-  Photographed: May 5, 1906. Location: Biograph studio, New York City.
-  According to the AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, this film was incorporated into a longer film, also called San Francisco, which additionally included Scenes in San Francisco (Biograph production no. 3171 and 3172) and Views in San Francisco (Biograph production no. 3173). According the Biograph bulletins, 1908-1912, p. 244, the footage for the longer film was about 1,000 feet.
-  Biograph production no. 3168.
-  Paper print shelf number (LC 2177) 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. 286; AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 940; Biograph production logs; Biograph bulletins, 1908-1912, p. 276.
-  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
-  paper pos (copies 1 and 2) Received: 1906-05-19; copyright deposit Paper Print Collection.
-  35 mm dupe neg pic renumbered twice: FPB 6019 to FPF 8030; FPF 8030 to FZA 2839.
-  Paper print roll lacking suffix.
Medium
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (125 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 (125 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. 125 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 5191 (viewing print)
FEC 2395 (viewing print)
FRA 2148 (dupe neg pic)
FZA 2839 (dupe neg pic)
FRB 0890 (master pos pic)
Box 0905 (paper pos)
Box 5676 (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
Library of Congress Control Number
00694432
Language
English
No Linguistic Content
Not Applicable
Online Format
image
video
Description
This film shows the partial burning of a small-scale model of downtown San Francisco in an early attempt at simulating the 1906 disaster. The model is seen in aerial view from above the South-of-Market district, looking northwest toward Market Street and the downtown area. Russian Hill (left) and Telegraph Hill (right) are shown in a painted background. The Call Building at 3rd and Market streets is modelled at left center, and the Ferry Building (Market and East streets) is shown at right. Market Street and downtown have been greatly shortened between the two enlarged model building. In reality, the location of the initial fires was more widely scattered than is shown, with many more blazes beginning out of view, at left, and a few more north of the Ferry Building. Note the heavy puffs of smoke wafted in from the left, both to give the impression of a rapidly spreading conflagration and to put out the flames for the final "smoking ruins" view. In fact, every part of the city shown (except a few small pockets) burned over a three day period.
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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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Bitzer, G. W., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. San Francisco disaster. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1906. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/00694432/.

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Bitzer, G. W., American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1906) San Francisco disaster. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/00694432/.

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Bitzer, G. W., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. San Francisco disaster. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1906. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/00694432/>.

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