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    • [Gymnastics]

    • Unknown
    • n.d.
    • Two male gymnasts perform routines on high parallel bars in an outdoor arena that resembles a period baseball park with a roof over part of the grandstands. In the background, six men seated on chairs before the empty grandstands watch them perform...
    • [Feeding Fowl on a Country Path]

    • Unknown
    • n.d.
    • This one-shot actuality was taken in a clearing on a rural, wooded path. A man carrying a basket, wearing a flat straw hat and black vest over a white shirt walks toward the camera from the far background, feeding a flock of turkeys, chickens, etc....
    • [Trio of Acrobats]

    • Unknown
    • 1901
    • In this one-shot film, three vaudeville acrobats in make-up and ethnic costumes suggesting a Scottish motif perform comic somersaults, head stands, and other tumbling on a makeshift stage. The stage curtain which depicts a river scene droops...
    • [Couple Feeding Barnyard Fowl]

    • Unknown
    • 1903
    • This one-shot actuality shows a couple feeding ducks and chickens in a barnyard. The woman wears a long white dress and hat, the man a flat cap and a coat with vest and tie. The camera pans slightly to follow them. The man exits screen left, the...
    • [Pillow Fight Scene]

    • Unidentified
    • n.d.
    • A one-shot film taken on a bedroom set features about a dozen young girls in long nightgowns engaged in a pillow fight with feathers flying. Though pillow fight scenes were generic in early cinema, catalog descriptions of similar subjects offered...
    • Earthquake ruins new Majestic Theater and City Hall

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • 1906
    • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Films (Edison, 1906). Robert K. Bonine, the Edison company's actuality cameraman, took thirteen panoramas of the devastation of the April, 1906 earthquake which were offered for sale later that year. (Musser, Porter...
    • Panorama City Hall, Van Ness Ave., and College of St. Ignatius

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • 1906
    • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Films (Edison, 1906). Robert K. Bonine, the Edison company's actuality cameraman, took thirteen panoramas of the devastation of the April, 1906 earthquake which were offered for sale later that year. (Musser, Porter...
    • Japs Loading and Firing a Gun on Battleship 'Asam'

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • ca. 1904
    • This is one of several actualities taken on the Japanese warship and offered for sale by Edison in March, 1904. Photographed in medium long shot, four Japanese sailors overseen by an officer operate a heavy gun. The print uses the Edison sprockets...
    • S.S. 'Coptic'

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • 1898
    • This is a one-shot scene taken from the side of a ship moving in rough seas. In the foreground we see the ship's railing with two life preservers attached; the name 'Coptic' is readable on one. Musser's account of the production of the eight Coptic...
    • Panorama Nob Hill and ruins of millionaire residences

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • 1906
    • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Films (Edison, 1906). Robert K. Bonine, the Edison company's actuality cameraman, took thirteen panoramas of the devastation of the April, 1906 earthquake which were offered for sale later that year. (Musser, Porter...
    • Panorama notorious 'Barbary Coast'

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • 1906
    • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Films (Edison, 1906). Robert K. Bonine, the Edison company's actuality cameraman, took thirteen panoramas of the devastation of the April, 1906 earthquake which were offered for sale later that year. (Musser, Porter...
    • Panorama ruins, aristocratic apartments

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • 1906
    • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Films (Edison, 1906). Robert K. Bonine, the Edison company's actuality cameraman, took thirteen panoramas of the devastation of the April, 1906 earthquake which were offered for sale later that year. (Musser, Porter...
    • Ruins of Chinatown

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • 1906
    • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Films (Edison, 1906). Robert K. Bonine, the Edison company's actuality cameraman, took thirteen panoramas of the devastation of the April, 1906 earthquake which were offered for sale later that year. (Musser, Porter...
    • Vertical panorama City Hall and surroundings

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • 1906
    • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Films (Edison, 1906). Robert K. Bonine, the Edison company's actuality cameraman, took thirteen panoramas of the devastation of the April, 1906 earthquake which were offered for sale later that year. (Musser, Porter...
    • The Golf Girls and the Tramp

    • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
    • 1902
    • With a set representing a low wall, a tree, and a half-moon in the sky, this one-shot comedy depicts two female golfers frightened by the approach of a Tramp. One woman resourcefully alters her golfing clothes and golf bags to make it appear she is...
    • Epopee napoleonienne: Crossing Mt. St. Bernard

    • Pathe Freres
    • ca. 1903-1904
    • The film consists of a one-shot tableau of Napoleon's soldiers, horses, and artillery moving through a wintry Alpine scene, rendered on an elaborate set complete with falling snow. Many costumed extras are posed or moving in several planes of the...
    • La Clownesse fantome (Star Film's English title, The Shadow-Girl)

    • Melies-Star Films
    • 1902
    • A lost Georges M?li?s production, or at least a well-preserved half of one, resurfaced in the Sulphur Springs discovery. Assisted by the costumed 'Imp', the Magician makes a Woman materialize, disappear, and transform into a man, using a hoop, a...
    • The Fight on the Bridge for Supremacy

    • Lubin Manufacturing Company
    • 1904
    • The Fight on the Bridge for Supremacy (Lubin, 1904). Though the print's extant title reads 'Fight On the Bridge Between Russians & Japs', the June, 1904 Lubin catalog and subsequent listings of this topical Russo-Japanese War scene use the former...
    • Inexhaustible Cab

    • Lubin Manufacturing Company
    • 1901
    • This one-shot comedy was taken on a city street with a white shuttered, two-story building in the background, a fire-plug and police call-box on the corner in mid-ground, and a horse-drawn wagon parked at the curb around the corner. As passersby...

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