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Film, Video War correspondents

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About this Item


  • War correspondents


  • "Shows a phase of the war excitement as it affects newpaper men at Key West, Florida. About a dozen war correspondents of the different New York papers are running up the street in a bunch to get to the cable office to get copy of cablegrams to be in turn transmitted to their different papers. They rush directly toward the audience, turn a corner in the immediate foreground and disappear down a side street. A good-natured struggle occurs here, to see who will make the turn first. Curious natives watch the unusual scene. A horse and carriage follow at a seemingly slow pace, showing by comparison what a rapid head-on foot race has been witnessed. 50 feet"--Edison films "war extra" catalog.


  • Paley, William Daly, 1857-1924, camera
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1898.


  • -  Decker, Karl C
  • -  War correspondents--Florida--Key West
  • -  Spanish-American War, 1898--Journalists
  • -  Reporters and reporting


  • Actualities (Motion pictures)
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  25320 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 21Apr1898; 25320.
  • -  Original main title lacking.
  • -  Duration: 0:21 at 30 fps.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 1217) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 411-412; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 354; Edison films "war extra" catalog, May 10, 1898, p. 5 [MI]; AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 1157-1158.
  • -  Camera, William Paley.
  • -  Appearing: Karl C. Decker, correspondent for the New York Journal (in the carriage).
  • -  Filmed March or April, 1898 in Key West, Florida.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (22 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (22 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 20 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 4231 (viewing print)
  • FRA 1389 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 0665 (master pos pic)
  • Box 0830F (paper pos)
  • Box 5135F (paper pos, copy 2)

Source Collection

  • Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)


  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 98500967

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Paley, William Daly, Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. War Correspondents. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1898. Video.

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Paley, W. D., Thomas A. Edison, I. & Paper Print Collection. (1898) War Correspondents. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Paley, William Daly, Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. War Correspondents. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1898. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.