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Film, Video Soldiers washing dishes

Digital viewing copy

About this Item


  • Soldiers washing dishes


  • Some men in military uniform, others in civilian clothes, bringing cups and cutlery to wash, tents and building in background. Actual washing not shown.


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

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., c1898.


  • -  United States.--Army--Military life
  • -  Spanish-American War, 1898
  • -  Soldiers--Florida--Tampa
  • -  Dishwashing


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


  • -  38243 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 22June1898; 38243.
  • -  Original main title lacking.
  • -  Date is copyright date; unable to verify if work was ever actually released.
  • -  Duration: 0:33 at 24 fps.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 1352) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 304; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures, 1890-1900, p. 443; American Film Institute catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 998.
  • -  Camera, William Paley.
  • -  Filmed ca. May or June 1898 in Tampa, Florida.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 30 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll (ca. 50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 4366 (viewing print)
  • FRA 1505 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 1670 (master pos pic)
  • Box 0001C (paper pos)
  • Box 5002F (paper pos, copy 2)


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

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 98501031

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Paley, William Daly, Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, Paper Print Collection, and Niver. Soldiers Washing Dishes. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1898. Video.

APA citation style:

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

MLA citation style:

Paley, William Daly, Camera, et al. Soldiers Washing Dishes. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1898. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.