Film, Video Expert bag punching

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Title
Expert bag punching
Summary
A man stands on a stage with a painted backdrop of a forest, as if performing a vaudeville act. To the right of the frame is a sign on an easel identifying him as "Gus Keller, Novelty Bag Puncher, New Polo A.A." To the left of the frame is a rack of various punching bags, topped by American flags and a sign identifying the particular skill being exhibited. Keller stands near a large metal frame for the suspended bag being worked, which is also topped with waving American flags. Rather than sporting attire, Keller wears light-colored slacks, shirt, and shoes, with a dark tie tucked in his shirt front and a pair of gloves tucked at his waist. He proceeds to demonstrate seven types of exhibition bag punching, each in separate scenes as described below that are edited together with dissolves.
From Biograph bulletin no. 14: 102 feet. A remarkable exhibition by Gus Keller, novelty bag puncher of the New Polo Athletic Association. In seven scenes with dissolving effects. A. Single, B. Knee, C. Floor, D. Double, E. Aerial, F. Triple, G. Double Floor.
Contributor Names
Keller, Gus, performer.
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, 1903.
Contents
Single: single suspended bag worked with hands, forearms, and elbows (26 ft.) -- Knee: single bag worked off the floor with knees and, occasionally, knuckles (12 ft.) -- Floor: single floor bag worked with hands (14 ft.) -- Double: single suspended bag worked with hands and single floor bag punched with knees simultaneously (12 ft.) -- Aerial: bag suspended from the ceiling rather than the frame worked with hands and elbows (14 ft.) -- Triple: one suspended bag worked by each hand and single floor bag worked with knees simultaneously (9 ft.) -- Double Floor: two floor bags worked with hands, forearms, and elbows (14 ft.).
Subject Headings
-  Bag punching--United States
-  Physical education and training--United States
-  Silent films
Genre
Vaudeville
Shorts
Notes
-  H33886 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 28July1903; H33886.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer.
-  Performer: Gus Keller.
-  Duration: 1:30 at 18 fps.
-  Materials listed originate from the paper print chosen best copy of two for digitization; for other holdings on this title, see the M/B/RS Paper Print database.
-  Introduction to Keller's section on "Exhibition bag punching" in W.H. Rothwell's How to punch the bag, 1930: Unbeaten as the World's Champion Amateur Bag Puncher, and holder of the World's Professional Championship (p. 75).
-  Catalog no. 2432; code name (for telegraphic orders) Garzotte.
-  Available on the Internet; Library of Congress World Wide Web site (http://lcweb.loc.gov)
-  NCN046309; Expert bag punching.
-  Filmed July 20, 1903 in the Biograph New York City studio.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; AFI cat.: film beginnings, 1893-1910, 1995; Biograph bulletins 1896-1908, 1971, p. 102; Biograph photo catalog, v. 5 [MI].
-  Received: 11/29/94 from LC film lab; ref print; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 8/9/94 from LC film lab; dupe neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 7/28/03; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
Medium
1 reel of 1 (101 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (101 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
1 roll (101 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number/Physical Location
FEB 9928 (ref print)
FPE 7531 (dupe neg)
LC 1597a (paper pos)
Library of Congress Control Number
96519760
Online Format
image
video
Description
A man stands on a stage with a painted backdrop of a forest, as if performing a vaudeville act. To the right of the frame is a sign on an easel identifying him as "Gus Keller, Novelty Bag Puncher, New Polo A.A." To the left of the frame is a rack of various punching bags, topped by American flags and a sign identifying the particular skill being exhibited. Keller stands near a large metal frame for the suspended bag being worked, which is also topped with waving American flags. Rather than sporting attire, Keller wears light-colored slacks, shirt, and shoes, with a dark tie tucked in his shirt front and a pair of gloves tucked at his waist. He proceeds to demonstrate seven types of exhibition bag punching, each in separate scenes as described below that are edited together with dissolves. From Biograph bulletin no. 14: 102 feet. A remarkable exhibition by Gus Keller, novelty bag puncher of the New Polo Athletic Association. In seven scenes with dissolving effects. A. Single, B. Knee, C. Floor, D. Double, E. Aerial, F. Triple, G. Double Floor.
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Bitzer, G. W., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. Expert Bag Punching. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96519760/. (Accessed September 21, 2017.)

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Bitzer, G. W., American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1903) Expert Bag Punching. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96519760/.

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Bitzer, G. W., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. Expert Bag Punching. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/96519760/>.