Film, Video Astor Battery on parade

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Title
Astor Battery on parade
Summary
"As they appeared in New York on Saturday, January 21 [i.e., January 23], 1899 on their return from active service in the Philippines. The picture is taken as they cross Broadway, Union Square, north. First come the mounted police, proud and prancing, then the band, then the famous Astor Battery, marching twenty-four abreast. As the second file approaches, the order is given to "change arms" and the rifles shift from right to left shoulder. The men march well, with rapid gait, and present a fine spectacle, dressed in their long dark overcoats. A group of ladies on a balcony wave their handkerchiefs, and the crowds that line the sidewalks show their enthusiasm. As the Battery passes out of sight, men and boys run across the street, and a hansom cab brings up the rear. The picture was taken late in the afternoon, and the exposures were slow; consequently the film must be reproduced slowly to give the best results"--The phonoscope, January 1899, p. 15.
Contributor Names
Blackton, James Stuart, 1875-1941, camera, production.
Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward), 1875-1958, camera, production.
American Vitagraph Company.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1899.
Subject Headings
-  United States.--Army.--Astor Battery
-  Military ceremonies, honors, and salutes--New York (State)--New York
-  Spanish-American War, 1898
Genre
Filmed parades
Actualities (Motion pictures)
Silent films
Short films
Nonfiction films
Notes
-  8651 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 27Jan1899; 8651.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  According to Musser's, Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, this film was made by Vitagraph producers and Edison licensees J. Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith, while Edison copyrighted and distributed the title.
-  Camera, J. Stuart Blackton and/or Albert E. Smith.
-  Duration: 0:46 at 16 fps.
-  Filmed January 23, 1899, at Union Square in New York City.
-  Paper print shelf number (LC 0008) 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: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 483; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 15; AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 48; The phonoscope, January, 1899, p. 15, viewed online via the Internet Archive, April 5, 2019.
-  paper pos (copy 2); Received: 1899-01-27; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
-  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
-  Paper print roll lacking suffix.
Medium
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (20 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (46 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (20 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (46 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 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 3022 (viewing print)
FEC 2156 (viewing print)
FRA 0116 (dupe neg pic)
FPC 8588 (dupe neg pic)
FRB 1083 (master pos pic)
Box 0351A (paper pos)
Box 5340 (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
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/sawmp.0008
Library of Congress Control Number
98501147
Language
English
Online Format
image
video
Description
"As they appeared in New York on Saturday, January 21 [i.e., January 23], 1899 on their return from active service in the Philippines. The picture is taken as they cross Broadway, Union Square, north. First come the mounted police, proud and prancing, then the band, then the famous Astor Battery, marching twenty-four abreast. As the second file approaches, the order is given to "change arms" and the rifles shift from right to left shoulder. The men march well, with rapid gait, and present a fine spectacle, dressed in their long dark overcoats. A group of ladies on a balcony wave their handkerchiefs, and the crowds that line the sidewalks show their enthusiasm. As the Battery passes out of sight, men and boys run across the street, and a hansom cab brings up the rear. The picture was taken late in the afternoon, and the exposures were slow; consequently the film must be reproduced slowly to give the best results"--The phonoscope, January 1899, p. 15.
Original Format
film, video
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/98501147
Additional Metadata Formats
MARCXML Record
MODS Record
Dublin Core Record

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