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[Newark athlete.

[Newark athlete.

Experimental film made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film. Film reoriented by Gordon Hendricks. Camera, W.K.L. Dickson and William... More

Band drill /

Band drill /

From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: From "Milk White Flag." Marching band with leader at the head. Copyright: no reg. Appearing: Frank Baldwin (Steele Ayers, the bandmaster), Fred W. Boardman, William Cushing, Ad.... More

Sandow /

Sandow /

10777 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright (under title Souvenir strip of the Edison Kinetoscope): W.K.L. Dickson; 18May1894; 10777. Performer: Eugen Sandow. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:40 at 16 fps. Accordin... More

Luis Martinetti /

Luis Martinetti /

"Gymnast and contortionist, performing on flying rings"--Raff & Gammon price list. Copyright: no reg. Performer: Luis Martinetti of the Martinetti Brothers. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:16 at 30 fps. Film... More

Glenroy Bros.

Glenroy Bros.

From Raff & Gammon price list: Farcical pugilists in costume. 15.00. Copyright: no reg. Performers: Glenroy Brothers. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:18 at 30 fps. MAVIS 180327. Filmed October 6, 1894, in Ed... More

Robetta and Doretto, no. 2

Robetta and Doretto, no. 2

"The pursuit of Hop Lee by an irate policeman"--Maguire & Baucus catalogue. Copyright: no reg. Performers: Phil Doretto, Robetta. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:21 at 30 fps. Filmed around November 26, 1894... More

Edison kinetoscopic record of a sneeze, January 7, 1894 /

Edison kinetoscopic record of a sneeze, January 7, 1894 /

"Considered to be the first motion picture given legal status by copyright acceptance. The forty-five frames it contains were sent in for copyright as a still picture. The action consists of a man, Fred Ott, sn... More

The boxing cats (Prof. Welton's) /

The boxing cats (Prof. Welton's) /

Professor Welton presents an amusing fight between two trained cats wearing boxing gloves. Copyright: no reg. Featuring: Henry Welton. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:20 at 27 fps. Additional holdings for th... More

Caicedo (with pole) /

Caicedo (with pole) /

"King of the slack wire. His daring feats of balancing as he performs his thrilling feats in midair show that he is perfectly at home. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog, no. 94. Copyright: no reg. Performer: Juan ... More

Bucking broncho /

Bucking broncho /

From Raff & Gammon price list: An out-of-door scene. The men and horse of this subject are from "Buffalo Bill's Wild West." 15.00. From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A cowboy riding an unruly "bronco." From Ediso... More

Imperial Japanese dance /

Imperial Japanese dance /

"A charming representation of The Mikado dance by three beautiful Japanese ladies in full costume. Very effective when colored. 45 feet"--Edison films catalog. Copyright: no reg. Performers: Sarashe Sisters. Ca... More

Carmencita /

Carmencita /

Copyright: no reg. Performer: Carmencita. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:21 at 30 fps. According to Edison film historian C. Musser, Spanish dancer Carmencita was the first woman to appear in front of an Ed... More

Buffalo dance /

Buffalo dance /

Three Sioux Indians in full regalia perform a "buffalo dance", while two others use drums to supply a rhythm. The three dancers move around in a circle as they perform the various actions that are part of the d... More

Hadj Cheriff /

Hadj Cheriff /

Copyright: no reg. Performer: Hadji L. Cheriff. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:19 at 30 fps. MAVIS 179351. Filmed October 6, 1894, in Edison's Black Maria studio. Available also through the Library of Congr... More

The execution of Mary, Queen of Scots /

The execution of Mary, Queen of Scots /

From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Representing the beheading of Mary, Queen of Scots. A realistic reproduction of an historic scene. Copyright: no reg. Robert Thomae (Mary). Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:15... More

Princess Ali /

Princess Ali /

Princess Ali, of Barnum and Bailey's Circus, is filmed performing an Egyptian dance. As she dances, some musicians perform in the background to provide accompaniment. Copyright: no reg. Performer: Princess Ali.... More

[Dickson experimental sound film] /

[Dickson experimental sound film] /

Experimental sound film made for Edison's kinetophone -- a combination of the kinetoscope and phonograph -- but apparently never distributed. This LC copy is silent. Features two men dancing to a violinist. Sho... More

Feeding the doves /

Feeding the doves /

From Maguire & Baucus catalogues: A farm yard picture, showing a young girl and her baby sister scattering grain to the doves and chickens. The fluttering birds and excited fowls give an abundance of action to ... More

A morning alarm /

A morning alarm /

From Maguire & Baucus catalogues: This shows the Fire Department leaving headquarters for an early morning fire. The scene is remarkable for its natural effect. The opening of the engine house doors, the pranci... More

Interrupted lovers /

Interrupted lovers /

From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Another instance where "the course of true love never runs smooth." From Edison films catalog: The watchful father disturbs a dream of bliss, and the bucolic lover is taught a l... More

May Irwin kiss /

May Irwin kiss /

From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: An osculatory performance by May Irwin and John Rice. The most popular subject ever shown. From Edison films catalog: By May Irwin and John Rice. They get ready to kiss, begin t... More

Herald Square /

Herald Square /

From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Showing "Herald" building, street and elevated railroad. Copyright: no reg. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:11 at 24 fps. MAVIS 214311. Filmed May 11, 1896, in New York City.... More

Passaic Falls /

Passaic Falls /

From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A beautiful picture of the falls of the Passaic River, near Paterson, N.J. Copyright: no reg. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:19 at 30 fps. MAVIS 183875. Filmed ca. July 1896... More

American falls from above, American side /

American falls from above, American side /

From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Shows glittering ice background and a group of photographers preparing to take pictures. 67877 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 12Dec1896; 67877. Camera, Willi... More

Shooting the chutes /

Shooting the chutes /

"A lively scene on the famous water chutes at Coney Island"--Maguire & Baucus catalogue. Copyright: no reg. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:23 at 30 fps. Filmed June 18-23, 1896, at Bergen Beach, Coney Islan... More

The burning stable /

The burning stable /

From Maguire & Baucus catalogues: Shows a barn actually in flames, from which four horses and a burning wagon are rescued by firemen and stable hands. The scene is exciting, full of action from beginning to end... More

A morning bath /

A morning bath /

An African American mother is shown giving her struggling child a bath. She thrusts him, kicking and struggling, into a tub of foaming suds. 60142 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 31Oct1896; 6... More

Amy Muller /

Amy Muller /

From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A beautiful fantastic toe dance. A good subject colored. Copyright: no reg. Performer: Amy Muller. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:18 at 30 fps. MAVIS 180344; Amy Muller. Fil... More

Crissie Sheridan

Crissie Sheridan

A woman in a white gown performs a skirt dance, using her arms to produce circles and other patterns within the folds of her costume. Her legs and feet appear to be bare. 60590 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: ... More

Free-for-all race at Charter Oak Park /

Free-for-all race at Charter Oak Park /

"Shows a part of the enormous crowd and the start and finish of the free-for-all pacing race, in which the fastest harness horse in the world, John R. Gentry (2:00-1/2), the coming Star Pointer and Frank Agan c... More

Buffalo Fire Department in action /

Buffalo Fire Department in action /

"Another of those stirring fire scenes which have proved so popular. There are ten pieces of apparatus in the picture. Every piece fully manned is under full headway, and is shown almost head-on to the beholder... More

Dancing darkey boy

Dancing darkey boy

In this outside scene, a small African American boy--dressed in a cap, leggings, and suit with short pants--dances on a table or other flat, raised surface. Surrounding and encouraging him with hand claps is a ... More

Cattle driven to slaughter /

Cattle driven to slaughter /

"A herd of long-horn cattle being driven through the Chicago stock yard gates to the slaughter house, where 280 of the animals are killed every hour of the day"--Maguire & Baucus catalogue. Part of the Erie Rai... More

Pillow fight /

Pillow fight /

"A comic subject, clear, bright and characteristic. Shows four girls in their night dresses, engaged in an animated pillow fight. During the action the pillows become torn, and the feathers fly over their heads... More

Single harness horses

Single harness horses

"Shows ten horses hitched to fashionable carts driven past the judges and grandstand to show their style, action and high-stepping movements. Among the drivers, Charles F. (Fatty ) Bates, the noted whip, shows ... More

Waterfall in the Catskills /

Waterfall in the Catskills /

"Beautiful water effects at Haines' Falls, a most picturesque and charming mountain cataract. The wild and rugged surroundings are very impressive. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog. 43413 U.S. Copyright Office Co... More

Philadelphia Express, Jersey Central Railway /

Philadelphia Express, Jersey Central Railway /

"The scene of the overhead crossing of the Pennsylvania and Jersey Central railroads at Elizabeth, N.J. While a Pennsylvania train is passing over the arch, the Philadelphia Express on the Central Railroad come... More

The first sleigh-ride /

The first sleigh-ride /

From Maguire & Baucus catalogues: This subject taken just after the recent first fall of snow, shows two enthusiastic horsemen indulging in a "brush" with their respective horses and cutters. 3846 U.S. Copyrigh... More

Sheep run, Chicago stockyards /

Sheep run, Chicago stockyards /

"A large flock of sheep being driven over the runs from the cars to the slaughter beds. The sheep, pressed by the driver and frightened by the surroundings and confusion, move very fast"--Maguire & Baucus catal... More

Giant coal dumper /

Giant coal dumper /

"Erie Railroad Series: The following subjects present novel and interesting views along the line of the Erie, such as do not always come within the observation of the general tourist. We are indebted to the cou... More

Admiral cigarette /

Admiral cigarette /

In front of a large backdrop with the words "Admiral Cigarette" are four people in costume: Uncle Sam, a clergyman, an Indian, and a businessman. To their left is a very large Admiral Cigarette box, that breaks... More

Racing at Sheepshead Bay /

Racing at Sheepshead Bay /

"The finish and weighing out of a running race with nine starters. Won by famous Clifford, Sloane up. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog. 43414 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 31July1897; 43414. ... More

Bowery waltz /

Bowery waltz /

"Shows James T. Kelly and Dorothy Kent, of Waite's Comedy Company, in the famous Bowery dance. The dancers are dressed in costumes characteristic to the surroundings, and the dance as shown is an exact reproduc... More

Seminary girls /

Seminary girls /

"A number of young ladies, in their night robes, are having a frolic, and are interrupted by a teacher. One girl makes herself very conspicuous by crawling under a bed. 50 foot strip"--Edison films catalog. 248... More

Charity ball

Charity ball

A man in formal dinner clothes and a woman in a white ruffled dress with a flower corsage and white shoes execute various dance steps designed as exhibition dancing. The set is bare, without backdrops or props.... More

Buffalo stockyards /

Buffalo stockyards /

"A long line of horses, mules and ponies are led, driven and ridden into the yards, where they are sold and distributed"--Edison films catalog. 43408 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 31July189... More

Fisherman's luck /

Fisherman's luck /

"Two German anglers are fishing, with odd results. One gets a bite, and pulls in a length of stovepipe. The other is so astonished that he falls overboard. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog. 52618 U.S. Copyright O... More

Corner Madison and State Streets, Chicago /

Corner Madison and State Streets, Chicago /

"The busiest corner in Chicago. Cable cars and street traffic of all descriptions. Hundreds of shoppers. Fine perspective view looking north toward the Masonic Temple. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog. "Erie Rail... More

Shooting captured insurgents /

Shooting captured insurgents /

"A file of Spanish soldiers line up the Cubans against a blank wall and fire a volley. The flash of rifles and drifting smoke make a very striking picture. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog. 46696 U.S. Copyright O... More

Hockey match on the ice /

Hockey match on the ice /

"The skaters dart to and fro, swinging their hockeys [i.e., hockey sticks] and trying to hit the disc toward the goal. 150 feet"--Edison films catalog. 13572 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 2... More

Parade of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. No. 2

Parade of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. No. 2

Crowds of people watch a parade of Buffalo Bill's Wild West in Newark, New Jersey. In the procession are mounted cavalry, American Indians, Arabs, Cossacks, Turks, Abysinnians, hosts of other riders, and many c... More

Parade of marines, U.S. cruiser "Brooklyn" /

Parade of marines, U.S. cruiser "Brooklyn" /

"First comes the famous Marine Band of the "Brooklyn," with the mascot goat alongside the bass drum. The 300 Marines follow in rapid marching order, a sixteen file front in each company. 150 feet"--Edison films... More

The ball game /

The ball game /

Photographed from one camera position behind home plate, the film shows a baseball game in progress. The Reading pitcher has just let a Newark batter walk to first. He gets up on his toes, ready to head for sec... More

Cuban ambush /

Cuban ambush /

"From the upper windows of a ruined mill the Cubans fire at a scouting party of Spaniards, who return the volley. Fine smoke effects. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog. 46695 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: Thoma... More

Ella Lola, a la Trilby

Ella Lola, a la Trilby

A young, dark-haired woman performs a dance inspired by George du Maurier's character Trilby, in an early modern dance style reminiscent of Isadora Duncan. She dances barefoot without stockings and is dressed i... More

Annie Oakley /

Annie Oakley /

Annie Oakley, the "Little Sure Shot" of the "Wild West," in an exhibition of rifle shooting. Copyright: no reg. Performer: Annie Oakley. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:21 at 30 fps. Summary from sources in ... More

Leonard-Cushing fight /

Leonard-Cushing fight /

From Edison films catalog: An actual six-round contest between Mike Leonard, commonly called the "Beau Brummel" of pugilism, and Jack Cushing. Full of hard fighting, clever hits, punches, leads, dodges, body bl... More

[Men boxing] /

[Men boxing] /

Experimental film made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film. Camera, W.K.L. Dickson and William Heise. Duration: about 0:20 (looped ... More

[Men boxing] /

[Men boxing] /

Experimental film made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film. Camera, W.K.L. Dickson and William Heise. Duration: about 0:20 (looped ... More

[Dickson greeting] /

[Dickson greeting] /

Experimental film made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film. Appearing: W.K.L. Dickson. Camera, William Heise. Duration: about 0:20 ... More

[Dickson greeting] /

[Dickson greeting] /

Experimental film made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film. Appearing: W.K.L. Dickson. Camera, William Heise. Duration: about 0:20 ... More

[Newark athlete. Fragment 1] /

[Newark athlete. Fragment 1] /

Experimental film made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film. Camera, W.K.L. Dickson and William Heise. Incomplete: [Newark athlete. ... More

[Newark athlete. Fragment 1] /

[Newark athlete. Fragment 1] /

Experimental film made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film. Camera, W.K.L. Dickson and William Heise. Incomplete: [Newark athlete. ... More