New York City dumping wharf /
The film shows a wharf where a barge is being loaded with trash from two-wheeled, horse-drawn wagons. The trash is dumped off the edge of the pier onto the barge, where men with shovels are spreading the piles of debris. The camera pans left to the next barge, where four-wheeled carts are shown dumping excavation rubble. Probably filmed on the East River, this is one of several New York City dumping wharves in operation at the time.
H32030 U.S. Copyright Office
Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32030.
Camera, James Blair Smith.
Duration: 1:21 at 15 fps.
The Internet movie database gives Edwin S. Porter as the director of this film, however, Musser's Before the nickelodeon says that in April 1903, "Edwin Porter and James Smith shot at least fifteen travelogue-type subjects in and around Manhattan [including] New York City dumping wharf". Neither Porter or Smith is given a directing credit for this film.
Photographed April 28, 1903 in New York, N.Y.
According to notes on the original M/B/RS catalog card, the cameraman, date of capture, and location are from the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation records.
Paper print shelf number (LC 1735) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
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Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 221; AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 730; Musser, C. Before the nickelodeon, p. 241; Thomas Alva Edison Foundation records, envelope 7; Internet movie database, November 28, 2018.
Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
35 mm dupe neg pic renumbered: FPE 5372 to FZA 2327.